Back in 2010, after Megan Fox had a few disparaging things to say about director Michael Bay in public, he fired her from appearing in Transformers 3 and made it fairly clear that he had no intention of ever working with her again. But oh what a difference a few years makes. It was recently announced that Bay will be helming a new big screen adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ugh, I know) and just yesterday he announced officially that Megan Fox has been cast in the film. Because there is only one female lead character in the story, it’s believed that Fox will play intrepid news reporter April O’Neil — ally of the Turtles. It would appear that Michael and Megan have kissed and made up … and plan to work in concert to ruin another part of my childhood :/
Michael Bay has revealed that he and Megan Fox are set to reunite on the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie. The director helped catapult Fox to international stardom with 2007′s Transformers, in which she starred opposite Shia LaBeouf. Fox departed the Transformers franchise in 2010, amidst reports that she and the blockbuster director had fallen out. However, the pair seemed to have reconciled, as Bay announced today on his official blog: “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!” Bay announced development on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year, with filming set to begin in April 2013. Though there is no word yet on what part Fox will play in the film, it is speculated that she will star as reporter April O’Neil. The Hollywood Reporter additionally claims that Fox was convinced to sign up for the movie by director Jonathan Liebesman’s proposed storyboards. Ninja Turtles is scheduled for release on May 14, 2014.
Blah. I am not happy that Michael Bay is getting his grubby hands on TMNT. I am not a fan of his work, not at all. I suppose it’s a good thing that he and Megan have buried the hatchet and will, once again, work together but … as you can tell, I’m not all that crazy about this news. I suppose it’s possible that he may impress me with his version of TMNT but I didn’t really love his Transformers movies so … I’m not holding my breath. As any red blooded American kid out there, I used to LOVE watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon on Saturday mornings. I also loved the original TMNT movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze (TMNT III, notsomuch). I mean, who can forget the amazing Ooze theme song Ninja Rap (Go, Ninja, Go!)
sung rapped by Vanilla Ice?
Those original films may look cheesy now but, man, they were the SHIZZ back in the day. I would love to look forward to a new TMNT movie if I halfway trusted the director but … sigh. We’ll see how things turn out, maybe I’ll be surprised. My guess is that rabid TMNT fans out there will love the new movie no matter how it turns out. I mean, when you love something this much …
… you’re bound to love pretty much anything even remotely related to the source of your obsession.