Kevin Eastman talks Ninja Turtles reboot

The T eenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has come in for its fair share of flack from comic-book fans ever since Michael Bay announced his production company were tweaking the origin story to recast the turtles as alien beings.

As if that wasn’t enough, the film was then pushed back to 2014 amid reports that significant rewrites could be performed on the script. However, creator Kevin Eastman has now given an update on the project claiming that a shoddy script was not the reason behind the delay…

“Essentially they pushed it back for two reasons,” says Eastman. “One is the director, Jonathan Liebesman, wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be. ”

“Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th anniversary,” he continues. “5 May 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. 16 May, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it’s an anniversary movie now.”

And as for the script? Well, apparently it’s coming on leaps and bounds. “I talked to [ producer ] Scott Mednick yesterday,” says Eastman, “and he’s seen the most recent 50 pages and said it’s as good as the last version. They’ve really knocked it out of the park.” Take that, doubters!

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