Michael Bay reassures ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ fans over story changes

The director had been accused of 'sodomising' the legacy of the reptilian heroes

Michael Bay has set out to reassure fans who are upset over his plans to change the origin story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

There was panic among the fanbase yesterday (March 19) when the director revealed that in his live action remake he planned to make the reptilian heroes aliens, rather than a group of pet turtles who had transformed after exposure to radioactive waste.

Robbie Rist, who voiced Michaelangelo in the original films even stepped in and accused Bay of ‘sodomosing’ the legacy.

Bay has now released a statement, according to TMZ. He said: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story.”

It continued: “Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is scheduled for a Christmas 2013 release.