The G.I. Joe cartoon from the 80’s was pretty damn ridiculous. Characters, gadgets, and set pieces were so far fetched and beyond the realm of believability, that the only reason we took them seriously is because we were 8 years old. With that said, I loved that damn cartoon, and I still do today. I did NOT however, like it’s later live-action incarnation, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It was even more absurd than it’s source material. It was loud and dumb. A complete throwaway experience.
However, I was sorta intrigued that the script for the upcoming second installment was scribed by Zombieland masterminds Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Also cocked my head to the side like a puppy when I heard that Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Duke were the only three G.I. Joe characters returning to the franchise, but then for some reason the studio officially hired Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon Chu to bring the G.I Joe sequel to life. Pararmount Pictures and the Hasbro Toy Company can lick that extra piece of skin on my anus for allowing this to happen.
Wait. It could be a good thing. I am being a hard on Chu for being reasponsible for Never Say Never (and Step Up 2 the Streets and Step Up 3D) but he actually has great appreciation for the franchise and seems to have more of a clue what G.I. Joe is about than the last creative team. Here’s a excerpt from recent interview
[G.I.] Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero.
His attitude does sound promising, but I still have my doubts.
Anyway, for those of you who actually liked the first flick and for those who are curious on what new life Chu can bring to the franchise, Paramount Pictures has now announced that the sequel will be released on August 10th 2012