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TMNT: Mutant Mayhem - Director Jeff Rowe Delivers the Ultimate Leo Fans' Film

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem" director Jeff Rowe talks about making a great film, not just a great Turtles film.

On the eve of the highly anticipated release of his directorial debut, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Jeff Rowe is filled with joy and excitement. The movie has received an overwhelmingly positive response, which is uncommon for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Rowe, along with producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is already committed to a sequel, a confidence boost even before the release of the first movie. Rowe humorously compares himself to a pitcher throwing a no-hitter, although he admits to not fully understanding sports metaphors and not wanting to appear overly confident.

Rowe shares his approach to making this Ninja Turtles movie stand out from the rest. He emphasizes the meticulousness with which every aspect of the film was crafted, ensuring that it would not just be a good Turtles movie, but a good movie overall. Despite his personal fondness for Michelangelo, Rowe acknowledges the importance of giving Leonardo the spotlight he deserves. He declares, "Leo's fans, unite. This is your film."

When asked about the overwhelmingly positive critical reception and the immediate request for a sequel, Rowe expresses his belief that the film's success stems from the immense effort and dedication poured into every scene, line of dialogue, and shot. The attention to detail and the evident passion of the filmmakers resonates with audiences. Rowe acknowledges that after years of hard work, it is validating to have people appreciate their efforts.

Rowe then reflects on the previous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, noting that while the 1990 movie was interesting, the subsequent films lacked the same level of careful consideration. He believes that the current team, who genuinely understand the characters, has taken charge and delivered a film that stays true to the source material.

The goal, according to Rowe, was not simply to create a great Ninja Turtles film, but to make a great film overall. The focus was on crafting something that is emotionally impactful, entertaining, and artistically daring. This required the team to be willing to deviate from the source material when necessary and appropriate.

One aspect where the team felt it made sense to break away from the source material was in establishing a coherent backstory. The logic surrounding the mutagen in the comic, TV series, and live-action movie was convoluted and inconsistent. Rowe explains that they aimed to create a world that made sense within the realms of known physics or movie logic, allowing the audience to connect with the characters on a relatable level.

Overall, Jeff Rowe's directorial debut promises to be a refreshing take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. With a commitment to quality, attention to detail, and a willingness to break away from convention, this film aims to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impression.

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