Michael Bay Presents Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A few months ago we heard that there was talks of the always popular "reboot" of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in film. Sure, there was the CGI incarnation a few years back but that wasn't enough. Now we're getting a new live-action film featuring the four ninja reptiles, and Deadline New York reports that Platinum Dunes will be producing it. Not familiar with Platinum Dunes? It's run by Michael Bay.

As of now this does NOT mean that Bay is directing the film. Frankly, I think it's still so early in the film's development that roles haven't been assigned. Bay and co. will meet with the studio (Paramount and Nickelodeon) to start working on a script. It wouldn't surprise me though if Bay did end up directing it, as he's already managing one major Paramount film franchise in Transformers. Will a Michael Bay directed TMNT movie be any good?

Well, let's look at the positives. The first Transformers film was actually surprisingly good. I mean, Bay proved that he's capable of taking a childhood property and making it a decent, mature movie. There was the right amount of action and the story was just believable enough that it was actually a decent movie. The most promising part was that the CGI was so awesome that you were genuinely convinced that Transformers were real. That's the positives; now the negatives.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a debacle. Bay essentially wasted all his goodwill generated from the first film in the sequel. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the second film. It wasn't nearly as good as the first, but it's a movie about giant robots that transform into vehicles...it's not going to win an Oscar or anything. It seems like once Bay gets too much of a good thing he tends to do some crazy stuff with it. Also, the two films are heavily military based. How will he manage with a franchise that involves martial arts and hand to hand combat? Last I checked, there was no military involvement when it came to the Turtles.

Clearly, this is all speculation right now. All we seem to know for sure is that Bay and his studio are being brought on to produce the film. If he directs that's something entirely different. For now though, just think we could be seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Baysplosions.