Controversial new ‘Ninja Turtles’ movie to begin filming this April

Fans aren't sure about the reboot, which is being produced by 'Transformers' director Michael Bay

The controversial new Ninja Turtles movie will begin filming this April (2013).

Industry insiders Production Weekly broke the news with the following tweet:

Ninja Turtles, a reboot of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from the 90s, is being produced by Transformers director Michael Bay. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) will direct.

The project has already attracted its fair share of controversy. Last March (2012), when Bay revealed plans to re-imagine the turtles as aliens, he was accused of “sodomising” the original films by Robbie Rist, the actor who voiced Michaelangelo. Bay later spoke out to reassure fans.

Then in September (2012), a leaked script began circulating online and got savaged by Peter Laird, co-creator of the original TMNT comic books. Bay stepped in again, writing on his website: ” The leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I… was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago.”

Ninja Turtles was originally scheduled for release this Christmas (2013), but has since been pushed back to May 16 2014 – the same day as the new Godzilla movie from Warner Bros.