After news surfaced last week that Paramount has set the release date for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film for Christmas Day, 2013 out in the US, we now have more news to bring you of the project that will almost certainly create an uproar among fans of the original comics/series.

Speaking at Nickolodeon Upfront in New York last week, producer Michael Bay announced that the origins story of the original will be altered for the new film, and it will instead make our beloved heroes aliens rather than mutated turtles:

“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”

I’ll admit that it’s been a little while since I watched TMNT, and that maybe their origins won’t have a huge impact on how much we enjoy the film (given that this new live-action film presumably isn’t going to be an origins story), but it seems like an odd change to make to me, and I’m sure many fans will agree.

Given Bay’s specific reference to them as an alien race, we might expect to hear the Turtles talking about their home planet at some point during the film – not to mention the implication that there’s a whole race of other Turtles out there – which just doesn’t quite sit right with me.

Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, the upcoming Wrath of the Titans) is set to take the helm, directing from a script co-written by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).

Regardless of this latest news, I’m still very much looking forward to the film next year, and am intrigued to see how it will play out on the big screen. As long as they don’t bring in more Turtles, I think we should be okay. Drop us your thoughts on the change in their origins in the comments below.

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