With the Christmas Day 2013 release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action reboot film still quite far on the horizon, it appears that one of the film's producers, the one and only Michael Bay has revealed some critical info about how the four radical reptiles will be handled.
Apparently, for the first time, their origin will be significantly-altered, eliminating all traces of their transformation by "radioactive mutagen" and other similar concepts. Instead, this time around, the Turtles will be ALIENS!
So, technically, does that disqualify them as "mutants?" Say it ain't so, Michelangelo?
According to Bay at Nickelodeon Upfront last week:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day these Turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
While the film will be helmed by Wrath of the Titans and Battle Los Angeles director, Jonathan Liebesman, it is clear that it will attempt to revamp the franchise into something "Bay-esque" and completely different than the one that captured the imagination of kids in the late-80's and early-90's.
That being said, this also opens doors for other elements from the classic cartoon series to make a live-action debut such as the sinister talking brain, Krang, his army of rock soldiers from Dimension X, and perhaps a Technodrome made from alien technology.
Following this film as its production progresses will definitely be interesting.