When Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) landed the directors chair for G.I. Joe: Retaliation a couple of years ago, many fans were skeptical he could pull off a decent military based movie. Although the film has its issues, it’s leagues ahead of the first in the franchise and has raked in $365 million worldwide.
The production team still has to hire a writer and get a script cranked out. Early word is that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura wants the next G.I.Joe installment to focus on the Ninja side. G.I. Joe 4 concept work and early production should keep chugging along even though Chu also has the new Masters of the Universe reboot on his directorial plate.
Will Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Colton (Bruce Willis), and the others be back? It’s still a little early to tell on that one, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they at least made a cameo appearance.
What do you want to see in another G.I. Joe movie? I want more Cobra, bigger secret volcano bases and crazy world killing weapons.
Nerd action figure enthusiasts, like myself, are privileged to buy just about every pop culture character that ever was/is. Seriously, pretty much every iconic character from film, TV, video games and more have spawned little plastic figures honoring their image. I’m not complaining. No, I’m thrilled! I am, though, running out of shelf space. That, and my wallet and fiancee are not so understanding.
Money, storage and g/f problems be damned, because, thanks to the New YorkInternational Toy Fair (which happened this weekend), 2013 is looking like another killer year for plastics.
Toy Fair 2013 showcased all types of toys to choose from, classic toys from yesteryear, new movie tie-in toys, and toys for all ages, brought forth from the wacky minds of the toy masters at Mattel, Lego, Hasbro and many, many more. These are the products that will be hitting store shelves everywhere all year long that may flop, or become the hottest must have toy for Christmas.
Thanks to internet leaks, and work from other bloggers, we’ve rounded up the biggest and the best.
Take a stroll through the New York Toy Fair courtesy of NerdBastards “Gallery of Toys” and get your second hand look at NECA‘s Kick-Ass 2, and Lone Ranger line. Hasbro’s Star Wars, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Transformers, Marvel Legends/Avengers figures. Mattel‘s Masters of the Universe, DC Unlimited, Classics TV Batman, and Watchmen collections. DC Collectibles Man of Steel and, much, much more!
Check out the massive (90) picture gallery below and let your fellow NerdBastards know which are keepers and which will clutter store shelves until their thrown into the 50% off bin in the comments section below.
Note: Release dates and other deets are not provided. Please see our sources (ToyArk, ToyNewsi, ComingSoon) for more information.
This NerdBastard was stunned the other week when news that the release date for G.I.Joe: Retaliation was being pushed back an entire year so the film could be converted to 3D. Studios just don’t pull a film out of the summer lineup, stop a massive toy tie-in and advertising scheduled without there being major problems with the film. Is it any wonder so many G.I.Joe fans were concerned.
Everyone felt that there had to be more to the story, one question was why hadn’t the film already been converted to 3D? All the major summer releases have had 3D content. Some more details have come out about Paramount’s decision to push back the release. Paramount insiders confided with Deadline’s Nikki Finke about some of the other reasons that G.I.Joe: Retaliation was suddenly yanked out of this summer’s lineup.
“This was a case of letting a schedule to fill a summer slot dictate the film not being in 3D even though we knew that would be the most commercial version of the film. Then in the spring there were 2 big events. First John Carter lost $200M despite the best efforts of the Pixar brain trust. But the 3D film managed to gross over $200M overseas, nearly tripling its U.S. take.
“Also Channing Tatum had a breakout spring, starring in The Vow and 21 Jump Street. In our first screening of the film the reaction from audiences was good but with 2 big concerns: 1) They didn’t like the fact that Channing and The Rock really didn’t have any time to develop a friendship before Channing died, and 2) Why wasn’t it going to be in 3D? We went back and shot another week with Channing to develop more of his story with The Rock, which made the film play much better. But we didn’t have the time to be in 3D.
“Then a week ago Battleship basically had the same performance as John Carter – $60M-$70M U.S. and just over $200M international. That was just a wake-up call that said to us we need to offer the best version of the film irrespective of summer market share to ensure the best possible performance. And not being in 3D will cost us a ton of business internationally.”
How will this move affect the overall cost of G.I.Joe: Retaliation?
“Several 3D houses had already approached us about doing the film in 3D. This move gives us the time to do it right. We are having conversations with Stereo D and Prime Focus about doing the 3D work for a reduced fee in exchange for a piece of 3D upside. Also, interest rates are very low right now. So 9 months does not have a huge impact on budget. It should stay under $130M.”
What do you think? We’ve got a year to wait and wonder if this move was worth it. There will be more coming out of Holly-weird as the actors and director Jon M. Chu get opportunities to speak out.
The folks over at Comingsoon landed some face time with the stars and director of G.I.Joe:Retaliation and produced this interview video of their talks with: Director Jon Chu, Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye) and D.J. Cotrona (Flint).
There’s plenty of nice little bits about the movie and characters as well as their love of the G.I.Joe franchise and hopes of living up to G.I.Joe fan-boys expectations everywhere.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens nationwide on June 29.
Paramount has released a pile of character posters today for G.I. Joe Retaliation each one premiering on a different site on the ‘net. Seriously Paramount? You’re going to make me surf back and forth over the internet for these?
While I found 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra very painful to watch, I will not lie. I am really looking forward to this movie. From the trailers to the stills, it looks like a damn fun one.
As for the posters we get Cobra Commander (whole finally looks like Cobra Commander) Snake Eyes (Ray Park), Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee), Jinx (Elodie Yung), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Roadblock (played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson), Duke (sadly still played by Channing Tatum) and Bruce Willis, who stars as Bruce Willis.
Hit the thumbs after the jump to view them full size.
NerdBastards has got some new stills from G.I.Joe:Retaliation due in theaters June 29th. Let’s start out with:
G.I.Joe bringing the sexy time, she can rock the ball room as well as the barracks room. (Damn. I felt kinda greasy just writing that.) Now let’s look at two of my favorite Joes, Snake Eyes and Roadblock:
If that wasn’t enough we’ve also got a vehicle shot. Not sure who’s in it but all that white makes me think Storm Shadow. What do you think?
Jon M. Chu directs G.I.Joe:Retaliation, which stars Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung, RZA, DJ Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins and DeRay Davis.
Damn you Jon M. Chu and damn you too Paramount Pictures. Back in 2009 I had an extremely high amount of fun making fun of the laughably bad G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It was a fine example of how NOT to turn a beloved 80’s action figure line into a megablockbuster Hollywood crapfest. Flash forward to 2012 and every time I see a still or a teaser or anything really from G.I. Joe: Retaliation I get the sneaking suspicion they might not mess this one up. Take the above picture for example, now THAT is Cobra Commander. Wait, is that Fire Fly behind him? Are you ‘effing me? Come on, give me something to work with here. This can’t actually be a decent movie.
The action is over the top but not stupid looking. Yes it’s cheesey and ham handed, but it looks like a run watch. Sure, Channing Tatum is back, but they added The Rock and Bruce Willis which totally forgives that. Yes, it will be cheap and mindless, but it looks like it’s also doing the property justice this time around.
Hit the jump and check out the new international trailer.
Dwayne Johnson‘s stint in family films – Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain– had me worried. Thought our noughties action star went soft (and fat) But then Faster and Fast Five happened and The Brahma Bull was back. More muscular and electrifying then ever. Yes, I’m a Rock fan-boy. Leave me alone.
Johnson is working his butt off this year to cement himself as this decades best action hero – shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation and coming up he’s got Journey 2 on the docket as well as a Fast and Furious sequel Snitch and more. Oh, and he’s returning to the WWE for a tag-team match-up with John Cena. Pretty spectacular for a guy who picks things up and puts them down. Well, Johnson can add another notch in his belt of conquests as he will star in The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide produced by Simon Kinberg.
The property is based on a comic book miniseries by John Paul Russ which ran five issues earlier this year with each issue focusing on a different type of monster and how to kill them. Issue #1 was “The Undead,” #2 was “Cryptids,” #3 was “Giant Monsters,” #4 was “Unnatural Beasts” and #5 was “Fantasy Creatures.”
I’d ask you how you feel about yet another comic-book adaptation, but IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW YOU FEEL. Alright, enough with the Rock puns. In all honestly, this sounds pretty good actually. Plus it’s more in line with what we want to see out of The Rock. Glad to see him laying the smackdown on all there candy asses once again. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.