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Producer Michael Bay, who upset fans when he announced that he would be changing the origin story of his upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot by making the turtles “from an alien race,” has responded with a statement on his website.

“Fans need to take a breath, and chill,” wrote Bay. “They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

I assume that Bay has never actually told anyone to “chill” or “relax,” as those are pretty much the most incendiary words you can say to an upset person. Fan reactions were overwhelmingly negative on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, and one of the voice actors from the original 1990 movie even spoke out against Bay’s plans. Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the first live-action film adaptation, posted an open letter to Bay on his Facebook, saying that Bay is “sodomizing” the first set of movies and causing “the rape of our childhood memories.” Oooo-kay, Robbie: Chill.

PopWatchers and TMNT fans, does Bay’s statement change your mind on the film? Do you have faith that he’ll deliver on his promise to fans? Or are you an unwavering Turtle purist?

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