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Ninja Turtles Creator

Michael Bay's a Freakin' Genius

3/22/2012 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0322-peter-laird-michael-bay-BNThe mastermind who CREATED the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1984 isn't offended Michael Bay is rewriting TMNT history -- in fact, he LOVES the director's new vision ... and he wants turtle fans everywhere to back the hell off.

You'll recall ... Bay pissed off a lot of people when he revealed his remake of TMNT would see the loveable turtles as aliens ... not mutants -- outraging super fans across the globe, including Robbie Rist ... the guy who voiced Michelangelo in the 90s movies.
 
But TMNT creator Peter Laird -- who sold his rights to the story years ago -- is coming to Bay's defense via his blog, telling TMNT lovers, “It could be a genius idea -- for the first time -- someone has come up with a way to have as many freakin' Turtles as they want.”

Laird adds, "I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the 'chill pill' Mr. Bay recently suggested they take."

Turtle power.

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STFUP    

He sold his right to an opinion when he sold out years back.
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Mark my words. If Bay goes though w/ changing cannon & making the turtles from outer space - the movie WILL FLOP.
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Die-hard fans don't like major changes to origin stories - even if the creator says OK (again, since he SOLD OUT years ago).

854 days ago
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Alienkid    

If I got millions from Michael Bay pissing on my creation, I would sell out too

854 days ago
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turtlegirl76    

I had to IMDB Robbie Rist to figure out why his name was so familiar. Of course! Cousin Oliver! That makes this that much more funny.

854 days ago
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brent    

it's called getting a paycheck. save your money for something you actually need or know you'll enjoy when it comes out.

854 days ago
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Chris    

And yet Bay ruined Transformers! The Films were horrible! Nothing but Explosions, No Plot, And Fart jokes! The SPX was nice, and Steve Jablonski's score was the best thing about the films! The Rest is ****!

854 days ago
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Mary P    

TMZ - Laird did NOT sell his entire rights. He will get some paychecks as a derivative work AND the rights to 18 comics a year - which would tie in nicely to the movies to bring his paychecks up even more. Acting like he doesn't have a horse in this race is stupid. Additionally, since some of his comics tie into the TMNT - adding those elements increases his paycheck.

854 days ago
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Jeff    

Ah, Michael Bay. What a brilliant man. Take pre-existing franchises, dumb them down for the greatest common denominator, and turn it into a billion dollar franchise. No one care about you, die hard fans. They only care about their bottom dollar.

854 days ago
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The Judge    

TMNT began as a hardcore, dark and ultra-violent comic book. It was ruined the first time via film and television with the "cowabunga" nonsense. So what if "big budget, little ideas" Michael Bay craps on it a second time? It will go into the bin with all of the other quality remakes of late: Land of the Lost, Planet of the Apes, Starsky and Hutch, The Dukes of Hazard, Conan the Barbarian, etc, etc.

854 days ago
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ralphie the one-eyed    

As any true believer knows, TMNT was also created by Kevin Eastman (Heavy Metal Magazine editor, and the lucky S.O.B. who married Julie Strain).

As written in Wikipedia “The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird.[3]”

Maybe you should have written co-created.

854 days ago
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ralphie the one-eyed    

As any true believer knows, TMNT was also created by Kevin Eastman (Heavy Metal Magazine editor, and the guy lucky S.O.B. who married Julie Strain).

As written in Wikipedia “The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird.[3]”

Maybe you should have written CO-CREATED.

854 days ago
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Whatever    

Hey TMZ,

Correction: It should read. "But one of TMNT's creators Peter Laird..."

Kevin Eastman was the other, he sold his rights to Liard but it doesn't change the fact where the ideas came from.

Also they were billed as Eastman and Liard.

854 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

'Know what? I'll back the hell out alright... all the way to another theater, instead of wasting my money on this upcoming piece of turd.

You guys should all do the same.

854 days ago
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Hunnybee    

NO!!!! MICHAEL BAY SUCKS!!! A total ahole. Hey guys, let's write a new Titanic and in this one, it doesnt sink, happy ending love story that ends on the docks of NY. WTF! Who keeps letting this guy make movies?

854 days ago
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steve    

If he's a genius, then why can't he come up with original material?

854 days ago
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PD    

Will they change the name as well while their at it? "Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles" or TAMT. And if they're aliens... could they even be called turtles? ANd if they learned their fighting skill on another planet, in a different culture, can then be called ninja? A ninja was a covert mercenary/spy in feudal Japan, anything else is simply a martial artist.

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