EXCLUSIVE: Ninja Turtles Eyes the Return of Corey Feldman as Donatello
Fans are rabid when it comes to Ninja Turtles, the live-action, big screen reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And they have been quite vocal over some of the seeming missteps that Michael Bay has taken in bringing this franchise back to cinemas. Everyone unanimously hated an early draft of the script that leaked, and the turtles' new alien origin in this reboot has been a point of contention every since it was announced.
Though, one thing most fans quickly agree on, and are in favor of, is the return of Corey Feldman as Donatello, who voiced the character in the first and third movie, and whose vox has been imitated and used as inspiration for the character ever since, even in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series currently airing on Nickelodeon, and the CGI TMNT from 2007. Some people have even mistaken those various takes on the character as Corey Feldman.
While some of the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actors have called Ninja Turtles a major misstep, Corey has publicly defended the reboot, and is in favor of it, even if he's not asked back. But he'd certainly like to return.
And, just as Peter Cullen returned to voice Optimus Prime in the Transformers trilogy, it looks like Michael Bay is listening to the fans, as he so often does, when it comes to getting Feldman back in as the purple masked brainiac with the bo staff.
We recently caught up with Corey Feldman, who has revealed that Michael Bay and he have become social acquaintances. And that they are in "communications". No formal offer has been made just yet, and as Feldman tells it, the decision lies in the hands of director Jonathan Liebesman.
Here is his positive response.
"I appreciate that, and thank you for the support. It's kind of up in the air. I will say this much. Michael Bay and I have become social acquaintances. We have traded cell phone numbers. We have been in communication. I have let him know that I support the project. He has let me know that he is a fan of my work. Its kind of...We are communicating. I wouldn't say there has been a formal offer, or anything like that. Its not even really going to be Michael Bay's decision. It's going to be the director of the film's decision."
"Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I made a statement very early on. I saw some of the other voice actors from the original film were coming out and making statements, "How can he do this? He's going to screw up the whole thing, blah, blah, blah..." Michael Bay and I have spoken about that. What I have said before to the press is that Michael Bay has done a great job of bringing these things back from the crypt. He has raised them from the crypt, he has brought them back to life, and he has put them on their feet, and made them very, very successful, and lucrative franchises, all over again.
He deserves incredible [recognition] for doing that work. I think that everyone can sit there and pick things apart. They can question it. And they can point fingers. They can say its never going to be good enough. They can say it is never going to be this, or that it's never going to be that. But at the end of the day, it is a tried and true recipe. It's a tried and true formula that he has created. Which is taking these films, or these genres from the past, and breathing new life into them. And he has done it with a great deal of success.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake that he did, which I thought was brilliant. The Transformers franchise. I think he has done an incredible job with that. I think people need to stop questioning the integrity of these creative ideas. The way that he is doing it? He has a formula, and that formula seems to be working. I think, at the end of the day, whatever he comes up with, people will be pleased to see it. I think it's going to make a ton of money, and we will be happy. People should just cool their jets for a moment, and let him do what he does so masterfully."