Michael Bay distances new ‘Ninja Turtles’ movie from leaked script

Producer says leaked script was written before he took on the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot

Filmmaker Michael Bay has distanced his Ninja Turtles movie from a leaked script that is circulating online.

Last week (August 26), the leaked script was savaged by Peter Laird, co-creator of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series. Writing on his personal blog, Laird said: “The script that I read is so fundamentally flawed, and — more to the point — so NOT a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool’s errand.”

Bay has now responded by disowning the leaked script. He posted on his own website: “The leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news — Wait for the movie!”

Bay’s TMNT reboot has already been plagued by controversy. Earlier this year (March 2012), fans reacted angrily when they discovered that the half-shelled heroes will be re-imagined as alien creatures. They also objected to the film’s title being shortened to Ninja Turtles.

Ninja Turtles was originally scheduled for a Christmas 2013 release, but has since been pushed back to May 2014 following reported production difficulties. Battle Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman is helming the project, with Bay serving as producer. The finished script has been written by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, whose previous credits include Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.