Despite a truly terrible screenplay leak, and the shortening of the title to Ninja Turtles, co-creator of the original comic books, Kevin Eastman, has seen a few pages of the new, improved script, and he doesn't want fans to worry. In fact, he calls the upcoming live action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 'fantastic', and says that it plays in line with Marvel's The Avengers.
"All the intentions are in the right place. I couldn't be happier to be a part of it. I think it's going to be a fantastic film.
Jonathan Liebesman is going to make a great film. From what I've seen of the script, it's fantastic. Michael Bay has made some great and intense movies. We're talking about being inspired by movies like Marvel's The Avengers for scope and roots origin and The Raid: Redemption for fight scenes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes as far as computer-quality style.
I [want to tell] the fans first and foremost not to worry, this will be a great TMNT film. Much like many thirty year old concepts, the TMNT's have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the "core concept," the new film with be the same, a film "well placed" in the Ninja Turtles lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite "Comic Book Based Films, Marvel's The Avengers, that there's a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base.
Three years ago, I started working on the John Fusco version, which was this awesome, awesome, awesome Batman Begins kind of take on the first movie. It was really interesting, but it was maybe a little too edgy for what Paramount wanted. It went through a couple of different versions before Michael Bay took it over and brought in Jonathan Liebesman to direct."
What is Kevin Eastman's involvement in the film?
"General creative consultant for the most part, which is cool as I get to wear a number of hats. From kicking the tires on a few plot threads with the awesome writers, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, here and there, to banging out cool character doodles for director Jonathan Liebesman, they bring me in regularly to show off the latest landscape, and to get my thoughts, and so far, I'm 1000% on board! I know it will be an awesome film, and the start of a killer new franchise for Viacom."
In paying close attention to Kevin Eastman's comments, it should be noted that the Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec screenplay was the one leaked to the internet this past summer. At the time, Michael Bay claimed that screenplay was being completely scrapped, and that new writers were possibly coming on board. If we're to believe Eastman, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are still in charge of the screenplay.
Did they throw out the old script and start from scratch? Or will some of the most hated elements still be present in this new draft? We're not sure. But Kevin Eastman likes it...So, should we be worried?