Director Jon Chu got to talking recently on the matter of dropping out of his proposed He-Man and the Masters of the Universe live-action adaption and what he expects out of G.I. Joe 3. You don’t have to like Mr. Chu’s movies (I know I don’t), but the dude sure has a penchant for talking passionately. It’s too bad he doesn’t have the same passion for creativity and talent. Ouch, was that harsh? No, harsh was sitting through 2 hours of G.I. Joe Retaliation.
Chu recently left the director’s seat on the He-Man adaptation and shared the reasoning behind that decision, stating:
“It was timing. We did so much for Masters, and the script is awesome. I love that project. I would have loved to do it. The problem with Joe is that we have a specific timeline and I need to be on that timeline. Masters wasn’t ready to go, at that moment. And I have a loyalty to G.I. Joe. I don’t feel like I’ve fulfilled the promise I gave, to bring everything I love about Joe to the script. I feel like we did a lot of foundational stuff. We cleared the way. We brought the movie back to life, but at the same time, there’s so much more to do, to make it even better. I learned a lot on the last one, and I want to put that into practice and make this one even better, and make it have life for many, many movies in the future, whether I’m doing them or not.”
He-Man is one of my most loved 80’s properties, but I don’t think I ever want to see it as a film. A) it would never be the swords and sandals epic I have pictured in my head and B) it’s too ridiculous to be adapted. See exhibit A:
Maybe if Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro got their hands on it and it was done in scope like The Lord of the Rings would it have my fan approval. The fact that Jon Chu was tapped to direct means an adaptation of that level will never happen. In any case, I’m just glad he’s off the project. I could not have lived through him directing He-Man.
More on the matter of G.I. Joe…
G.I. Joe Retaliation was an improvement from Rise of Cobra, but that’s not saying much. Shine a turd all you want, it’s still a POS. Both Joe films lacked the character and identity that made up the classic 80’s cartoon. Still, you hear Chu talk about it and he makes you wanna believe in him.
On the next installment in the Joe franchise, Chu stated:
” It’s definitely not about making it bigger ‘cause we went pretty big last time and it didn’t necessarily make it better…I think it’s more about being creative with it and giving the audience something different and new. We’ve had two G.I. Joes now, in two very different ways, and we have to take the lessons that we learned with those two to try to make the best Joe possible. I love G.I. Joe because it’s about heroes. It’s very classic storytelling. There are villains and there are heroes, and there are human beings in the middle of it all, and they have to make choices about their life to become the hero. They have to sacrifice, they have to risk themselves, and they’re fighting for something. I love that it has classic storytelling. I always try to bring that back and try to make it simpler. It doesn’t have to be big, but you have to have more creative fighting and simpler storytelling, so you can enjoy it.”
Chu, I really wish I could believe you, but Retaliation was terrible. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.