Fans all over the internet rejoiced upon hearing that Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been pushed back, under the impression that someone higher up – or heaven forbid, Bay himself – realized that majority of people who would care to watch a movie about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hated the changes they were making, particularly the one where the Turtles are now Alien Beings instead of normal turtles mutated by radioactive material.
Unfortunately, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman (who supports Bay’s vision) has stepped forward and provided reasons for the delay, and it has nothing to do with what fans are complaining about:
“Essentially they pushed it back for two reasons,” says Eastman. “One is the director, Jonathan Liebesman, wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be. “
“Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th anniversary,” he continues. “5 May 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. 16 May, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it’s an anniversary movie now.”
Eastman was also positive about the script:
“I talked to [producer] Scott Mednick yesterday,” says Eastman, “and he’s seen the most recent 50 pages and said it’s as good as the last version. They’ve really knocked it out of the park.”