Michael Bay's leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles script is full of bad ideas

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Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has some more bad news. An alleged copy of an early draft of the script highlights all of the new changes Bay is hellbent on making to his Turtle movie. We already know that the Turtles are going to be from space and no longer teens, but the changes don't stop there!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fansite TMNT Not TANT got their hands on an early script for the new live-action Turtle flick. The script has since been taken down (after the site received a Cease and Desist order from a legal firm that represents Paramount) but thanks to ScreenRant and Slashfilm, these truly terrible details are now in the wild.

The film's villain is named Colonel Schrader, and he's the head of a secret military operation backed by an army nicknamed "the Foot." Casey Jones is apparently the main protagonist. He and and April O'Neil are 18-year-olds, dating and in high school. Casey spends his time as a security guard at a furniture factory (he's also an amateur hockey player). April is getting ready to move to New York for an internship at CBS, where she will meet the turtles who are indeed from outer space. Specifically, Dimension X. The Turtles make Kung Fu Panda jokes and wear color coded masks because, as the script states, it was cool in Reservoir Dogs.

Turtle co-creator Peter Laird also read the script and voiced his disapproval. But he also pointed out that these crappy ideas are also probably the very reason this production was pushed back to 2014, which is a good thing:

Someone else alerted me to the existence of this script, and I just a few minutes ago finished reading it. If it is, in fact, the actual draft that was rejected and caused the production of the next TMNT movie to be pushed back to 2014 because the script was unsatisfactory, then I think all true TMNT fans should be grateful to the new "powers that be" that they did not allow this wretched thing to go any further. It could definitely be taken as a good sign if that is the case. It reminds me of one of the reasons I am glad to not own the property anymore… because I don't have to tear what little hair I have left out while trying to fix junk like this.

Top image via Scootah91 at DeviantArt.


Dr Emilio Lizardo

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