Michael Bay: Yeah, It’s Just Called Ninja Turtles Now

NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo during the lighting of the Empire State Building green to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo Photo: Amy Sussman/2009 Getty Images

When Michael Bay announced that in the new reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the turtles would be aliens and not mutants, fans vowed not to take the controversial news lying down (on their backs, where they could spin around on their shells in a reasonable facsimile of breakdancing). Then came an even more contentious rumor: The title had simply been cut down to Ninja Turtles, since two of the adjectives no longer applied to the reconceived characters. Bay took to his forum today to confirm that development on the film, which he is producing. "Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple," wrote Bay. "The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers ... Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan [Liebesman] the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN." Also, both April O'Neil, Krang, and Splinter will now be played by Victoria's Secret models. (Well, not yet, but start steeling yourself.)