The upcoming TMNT reboot certainly has made headlines in many ways these past couple weeks. After producer Michael Bay revealed that the origins story of the heroes would be tweaked to make them aliens, fans went a little crazy, provoking not only a response from Bay just one day later, but various individuals of Turtles' past to put there two cents worth in, including past actors of the live action films, and current director Jonathan Liebesman. Now, it seems the working title for the film is a simple one, influenced by a recent craze of shortening a certain sci-fi title.
Bleeding Cool reports the upcoming film's title for development is simply Ninja Turtles. The source claims this is done very much in the same way of Disney's John Carter. "It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either 'Princess' or 'Mars'." The original title John Carter of Mars was initially shortened as a marketing ploy, but eventually that marketing was seen as a big mistake according to numerous insiders who dissected the $200 million loss.
As ComingSoon also points out, the official Michael Bay site only lists the film in the forum as Ninja Turtles as well. But whether or not this will stick remains to be seen. Developing titles change all the time before the final product is unleashed, and there's a good chance this is simply just that.
With all of the controversy around the alien origins as it is, the one thing the film doesn't need is to make more villains out of the fanbase. So, if you modify the title that has literally been a part of every single piece of TMNT media, it may not be headed towards a great place. However, with the alien origin coming to light, most likely not turning the Turtles into ooze, the 'mutant' part of the title is sort of wrong. 'Teenage' being axed may have just been a formality if they were forced to cut the untrue statement from the title. Thus, you may see why they could be cutting it to simply Ninja Turtles. But, it doesn't exactly rectify the name change.
Paramount Pictures is planning the upcoming reboot for a release on December 25th 2013, written by Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, and produced by Bay's Platinum Dunes.
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