February 22nd, 2013
09:24 AM ET
The filmmaker behind that still-running franchise, Michael Bay, has announced on his website that he's bringing Fox into the fold for his upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot.
"TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!" said Bay, whom Fox once compared to Hitler after working with him on the first two "Transformers" movies.
Yet by the time "Transformers 3" opened in 2011, Bay seemed unperturbed by Fox's statement.
“I wasn’t hurt, because I know that’s just Megan," he said ahead of the movie's release. "When you’re days and months on a set, it’s like a family. You say rude things and you make up.”
Although Bay hasn't clarified what role Fox, 26, will be playing, reports suggest that she's going to portray April O'Neil, the human friend of the turtles. In the original version, the gang of four reptiles mutate into warriors after coming in contact with radioactive slime.
The new movie version, however, is going to be different. As Bay's explained, "these turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”
That news created such an uproar that Bay, who's producing the movie helmed by Jonathan Liebesman, had to defend his stance.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script," Bay said last spring. "Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."
According to Entertainment Weekly, filming's expected to start in the spring.
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