According to UPI, a poster image for the film surfaced on Thursday, Jan. 3o, and is slowly spreading like wildfire all over the web. The image revealed what fans can expect the new-aged ninja turtles to look like.
Bloggers, media outlets, and film enthusiasts immediately gravitated to the image and can be accredited for its rapid matriculation on the web. However, The Verge immediately updated the article stating that the image had been removed by request of Paramount Pictures.
While Bay has yet to confirm the authenticity of the image, the film studio leaves little question about its validity due to their abrupt request to have it removed.
Update: We've removed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie images at Paramount Pictures' request http://t.co/xbtjNCPpu7
— The Verge (@verge) January 29, 2014
However, the damage had already been done. Although the publication complied with the film studio, the image had already begun circulating around the internet. One film blogger also shared the picture via Twitter. His tweet read, "Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles look suitably bada--. Can't imagine Vanilla Ice turning up at the end of this new one..."
A number of other media reports have also poured in about the film as well.
See what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will actually look like in Michael Bay's upcoming movie: http://t.co/BpHKjrlzD2
— ScreenCrush (@screencrushnews) January 29, 2014
The announcement of the came shortly after the original co-creator Peter Laird's sold the franchise rights to Nickelodeon. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is being produced by Nickelodeon Movies, is slated to hit theaters nationwide August 8, 2013.
Image via Twitter | TMNT Master