TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Screenwriter Andre Nemec Addresses Fan Concerns

The first official teaser trailer hit for Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here's an interview with screenwriter Andre Nemec on the movie's tone, as well as his thoughts on producer Michael Bay, the Turtle's origins, and more.

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By anthonyEstark - 3/27/2014
Many fans have been extremely worried about the Jonathan Liebesman directed, Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film -- and can you blame them? We've had rumors and conformed details aplenty that make this movie sound like it could turn out to be the next Batman and Robin. Today we received our first trailer, and that didn't really do much to warm up opinions. Comingsoon got an exclusive interview with TMNT's screenwriter Andre Nemec, in which he reassures that it will be enjoyed by fans, and while making it a feast for action lovers, he states that it will be kid-friendly as well. Nemec also talked about the character's origins, and much more!

He started off talking about the film's tone, saying: "The tone was a interesting question as far as how dark we wanted it to be. It’s all in the conflict between the characters. That was the driving principle. We weren't looking to make The Dark Knight. I’m a fan of that movie, but I didn't want kids to be running for the exits. We wanted to entertain and have fun with it. We live on a very fun line in this movie, whether it's the action feeling real and exciting, but also fun and adventurous. It really never feels dark in a way that would startle you or make you fearful." Next came the questions about Transformers director Michael Bay's involvement with the film as producer. He tried to reassure fans, saying: "Michael has been an influence on the movie and he’s certainly been paying attention to the movie. He has a very good sense of action, as well as entertainment. I think that, on those influences, you’ll feel Michael Bay’s hand." Moving on to the origin of the turtles, Nemec said: "Looking through the different the iterations have different origin stories. There were were several versions of the ooze where it was created in a laboratory. There’s the sewers. There’s T.C.R.I. We wanted to find our own version of how these Turtles came to be so that they can stand as their own characters. There have been a million versions. We just thought it was important to create our own origin that lives within the balance of it."
Read the full interview over at comingsoon.net!
"The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman. It stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, and Whoopi Goldberg. The heroes in a half-shell with hit theaters on August 8.
Source: comingsoon.net
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dio - 3/27/2014, 12:56 PM
I'll for sure pirate this..arghh.
WAYNE - 3/27/2014, 12:58 PM
So in other words, screw the lore that made the turtles a nationwide sensation and do our own thing.

Got it. -_-
ALmazing - 3/27/2014, 1:00 PM
"you’ll feel Michael Bay’s hand." This is concerning.



On one had you have bad ass like this




And then there is this


Cles - 3/27/2014, 1:04 PM
I know it will never happen, but I would really like to see a dark, violent version taken from the first few issues of Mirage's Volume 1.
CaptainObvious - 3/27/2014, 1:06 PM
The audience will feel Michael Bay's hand taking money from their wallets.
TheAmbassador - 3/27/2014, 1:10 PM
While it might not be "Crystal Skull" bad, I'm still not sure about this movie. Be it my nostalgia for the originals, the fact that Michael Bay has anything to do with it, or just the look of the Turtles in general, whatever it is I just can't really get excited for this. I'm sure I will likely enjoy it when I see it, or at least not despise it, it does look decent. I just don't see this film spawning sequels or turning into a franchise.
JamesMan - 3/27/2014, 1:15 PM
No matter what Bay does to it, this film will still be miles better than a certain other TMNT film.

WAYNE - 3/27/2014, 1:16 PM
Why didnt they just go with a version similar in style and tone of the current nicktoons series? It pays great homage to the TMNT lore and has great action and isnt overly kiddy with great humor.

Would have been a great foundation to build from for a live action version.
ezio619 - 3/27/2014, 1:18 PM
almight-yeah im very concerned,i dislike all 3 transformers films( unfunny humor, bad characters and action u cant see) the trailer was meh imo so we will see,the mikey line at the end was classic mikey and i liked them having their fun, adventurous spirit
ThePowerCosmic - 3/27/2014, 1:26 PM
Just don't give Bay ThunderCats....please!
ShelfPorn - 3/27/2014, 1:27 PM
This just blows, very disappointing. They look so stupid, and the CGI is so fake looking. Ugh... 0-:-(
SaxoWolf - 3/27/2014, 1:29 PM
ALmazing - 3/27/2014, 1:30 PM
@ezio619-I actually liked the first Transformers, I was young and didn't know better. I am really hoping for this to be a good/fun movie but I'm keeping my expectations low.
NicolausCopernicus - 3/27/2014, 1:30 PM
Power Rangers crossover maybe?
AllHailMegatron - 3/27/2014, 1:30 PM
I'm impressed
ezio619 - 3/27/2014, 1:35 PM
ALmight-i didnt care for it, the transformers deserve to be treated MUCHHHHHHH better then what we and they have gotten.
WAYNE - 3/27/2014, 1:44 PM
do the turtles have super strength now because I dont get how Raplh crushed the armored vehicle and Leo rumbles a brick ledge if not.

another change for no reason at all smh

AnthonyLantern - 3/27/2014, 1:49 PM
There are so many different versions of the Turtles nowadays, this is just another one to add to the list. The trailer was interesting and I want to see where it goes. I'm not pumped, but I'm not turning away from it just yet
ALmazing - 3/27/2014, 1:50 PM
@ezio619-Amen to that.
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 3/27/2014, 1:52 PM
screw you people that shot when Leo jumped in front of April is total awesomeness ...you don't deserve this movie and its aesthetics ...while I didn't like transformers movies but some of them had really cool action scenes ....and speaking about bad humor wasn't THOR tdw and IRON MAN 3 filled with silly cheesy bad humor ?!!!!!
soforizo - 3/27/2014, 1:57 PM
@TheUltimateSuperman92


soforizo - 3/27/2014, 2:01 PM
ezio619 - 3/27/2014, 1:35 PM
ALmight-i didnt care for it, the transformers deserve to be treated MUCHHHHHHH better then what we and they have gotten.
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@ALmight and Ezio

Where were you guys when the Mandarin was getting shafted?
SamXianRahnMoonstarDacosta - 3/27/2014, 2:03 PM
@Cles

Right on! There should never be another Turtle anything unless it is made with the original comics in mind.
soforizo - 3/27/2014, 2:04 PM
No one figured the Transformers could've been done as good as Michael did prior to Transformers 1. I agree he screwed it much with the tone, but T1 was very well done, silliness aside.
DukeAcureds - 3/27/2014, 2:37 PM
Cles@ You and me, both.
And yeah, like JamesMan@ pointed out, it has gotta be better than either of the live-action sequels.
In fact it is already better than the live action sequels, just with the trailer.
I am pretty hopeful about this film, now, myself. I like the fact that there is TCRI on the ooze, I like that April's dad has worked with the Shredder to create the turtles. I like the footage I see. I just really, really hope that Shredder is an utrom or that utroms are involved in TCRI in some way. And that scientist in that one shot... man that'd be cool if that were Baxter. Or Honeycutt.
So far, so good. Nothing too bad, yet. Y'know, aside from the americanising of Saki and the crime-fighting aspect.
Comedian03 - 3/27/2014, 2:54 PM
Does anyone actually take it seriously when people say stuff like this? Of course they're going to give it high praise, they're paid for that. No one is gonna say "Oh yeah, the whole movie came together nicely, and I really think the fans are going to hate it, it looks like someone took a dump and we let Jonathan Liebesman film it for 2 hours"

We were told all the same stuff before Green Lantern came out, and we all know how that turned out.
Ramiel - 3/27/2014, 3:07 PM
This won't be better than TMNT I or II. It won't be better than the Nicktoon's cartoon either. Booyakasha!
nowtheresaBATman - 3/27/2014, 3:08 PM
"We weren't looking to make The Dark Knight. I’m a fan of that movie, but I didn't want kids to be running for the exits."

To soon?
DukeAcureds - 3/27/2014, 3:11 PM
Even if it does turn out to be the worst thing since Batman & Robin, just watching that trailer has made my anticipation for this go up a bilion notches. I mean just look at Leo. Man, that is the Leo I know from the original comics. His eyes... that is Leo.

This is now my fourth most anticipated cbm.

1. Batman Vs Superman.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past.
4. Michael pissing Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Fvcking Turtles.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy.
6. Ant-Man.
7. Dark Universe.
8. Sandman.
9. Noah.
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
nowtheresaBATman - 3/27/2014, 3:12 PM
Those are some big ass Katana blades. Must of got them at the local Pawn shop.
Ranger14 - 3/27/2014, 3:13 PM
Millions of versions? Really? Perhaps a more-than-slight exaggeration? If there are a number of origin stories, why create a new one? Origins of heroes is one thing that I don't like to see messed with.
Enphlieuwince - 3/27/2014, 3:14 PM
When you're copying and pasting complaints from one article to the next it's seriously bordering on obsessive.
DukeAcureds - 3/27/2014, 3:15 PM
nowtheresaBATman@ Ooooh! Shit, duder. Well spotted.
The Heat@ I think it will be better than TMNT II, sir. Have you seen that piece of shit?
Jer3miah - 3/27/2014, 3:15 PM
Where's the goddamn dislike button?
DukeAcureds - 3/27/2014, 3:23 PM
Bay is a cunnt. But if he makes Shredder an Utrom and has Baxter Stockman and Honeycutt working for TCRI, then I will let him cum on my future wifes face, if I ever get married. And he can take my anonymous username's word on that.
nowtheresaBATman - 3/27/2014, 3:24 PM
@Duke
Here's mine
1. B Vs. S
2. A:AOU
3. GOTG
4. TASM 2
5. Ant-Man

too soon to even tell if it's worth the cost of a movie ticket regarding the rest...
MakluIV - 3/27/2014, 3:25 PM
Hope they keep the pretentiousness levels really low on this. It's a movie about Ninja Turtles. Don't turn it into something it's not. I want to enjoy this cinematic experience, not feel like I'm watching a police drama on Television waiting for the bad guy to get caught and go to prison so I can go back to enjoying life.
I know they can't recreate TMNT 1, but they can recreate the spirit. That's all I'm really hoping for in this new Turtles movie. P.S Leo looks awesome!
SKetCH - 3/27/2014, 3:27 PM
I feel like only 2 out of the 400 of you that comment about this movie actually understand the true lore and purpose of the TMNT as a team, as brothers, as outcasts raised by an old man with a vendetta.

Those same 2 are apparently the only ones who recognize how many completely different iterations there are to the Turtles origin.

IDW's current run of TMNT is the perfect place for uneasy and weary fans to ease their minds on the (most likely) obvious route this film is going.

Did you all know that the Turtles are now reincarnated brothers, all different ages, from feudal Japan hundreds of years ago?

Did you know they were beheaded in front of their father, Hamato Yoshi, by Oroku Saki?

Did you know their five spirits lived in four pet turtles and a rat at STOCKgen? Where they were named by ... wait for it... April O'Neil?

Well then I guess you also didn't know that April's father worked at StockGen years ago, where he worked on a mysterious green OOZE.

Oh, and StockGen was working on some sort of biological armor, based off the shells of turtles.

THIS is the current TMNT comic that has hardcore fans by the balls, eating it up every week. On paper it sounds like crap, but once you read ONE issue, you're on familiar ground.

STOP. TRIPPIN'. Y'ALL.

Dang...
nowtheresaBATman - 3/27/2014, 3:31 PM
Trippin' Balz!!!
ChiliConCarney - 3/27/2014, 3:33 PM
Oh, by the way this guy...





You know... Burne Thompson. April O'Neil's boss. Yeah. Make way for Bernadette Thompson.



And that's Whoopi Goldberg playing her.
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