Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman actually has me a little excited about the upcoming reboot from producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans . . . an underwhelming resume to say the least). In an interview with NBC 5 Chicago, Eastman suggests different aspects of the project are inspired by The Avengers, The Raid: Redemption and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Nothing like mentioning three popular films in an effort to dispel some negative buzz surrounding the project over the last few months.
Eastman: “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 ‘The Avengers’ for scope and roots origin and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for fight scenes and ‘Rise for the Apes’ as far as computer-quality style.”
In a recent interview with The Examiner, Peter Laird (the other co-creater) also referenced The Avengers. Everybody wants to be The Avengers these days . . .
Peter Laird: “I like to answer this by basically telling 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 TMNT animated TV series, and the new IDW comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the ‘core concept,’ the new film will be the same, a film ‘well placed’ in the TMNT lore the fans will enjoy. If we learned nothing else from one of my favorite comic book based films, The Avengers, that there’s a lot to be said about never forgetting that core concept and core fan-base.”
NBC News Chicago