g. i. joe: retaliation

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While G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly blow up the box office, it did earn more than double its production costs. That would usually grease the skids for another sequel, but we haven’t heard much of anything since the movie hit theater screens in 2013. It looks like Paramount is finally ready to saddle up G.I. Joe 3 and has been looking for a director. The word about the Internet is that DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, I am Number Four) is high on Paramount’s list to take the director’s hot seat. (more…)

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I have the power… to not care about anything director Jon Chu says. Sure, he’s a fan of 80’s cartoons and speaks passionately about them. When it comes to adapting beloved filmation from 30 years ago, he even says all the right things. He’s convincing, I’ll give him that. His follow-thru, however, not so much.

I heard him speak many times about his “Yo Joe” mentality, growing up on the G.I. Joe cartoon and understanding it’s message about leadership and heroism. Toting how he was going to right the wrongs of the first abortion of a flick and not just make another action movie. Guy sounded a like a real American hero. Well, his homage to the G.I. Joe franchise, G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly suck, but that’s only because nothing can be worse than G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. While there were flashes of resemblance to the original cartoon (overabundance of ninjas and shit), it was a far cry from the source material, and well, turned out to be just another action flick. Like we could have expected anything truly worthy from the guy who directed that Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never?

Now, I’m not here to talk about the critical failings of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  No, I’m just using that as my point. He had his chance and he blew it. He needs to stay the fuck away from all 80’s properties. Namely such, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

An adaptation of the cartoon featuring a muscle bound warrior with his “fabulous” secret and powerful friends as they face the evil forces of Skeletor, has been an raging for years. Sony Pictures eventually picked up the rights somewhere along the way and have been gunning for live-action treatment (forgetting the really bad 1987 movie having already been made) and capitalize on that sweet 80’s nostalgia.  Since the latest Joe flicked did so well, Sony has appointed Jon Chu to direct MOTU. Go figure.

While talking to SuperheroHype, Chu gave an update on what’s going on with Masters of the Universe, and he does that whole overly excited thing, which gets me excited. Here’s what he said:

“I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in ‘Joe’ and knowing that ‘Masters’ has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for ‘Masters of the Universe’ is what really hooked me. I love ‘Masters of the Universe,’ but I didn’t know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,’ and it got me really really excited.”

He goes on to say,

“We’re still working on that one and ‘Joe’ has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we’re rushing to get that done and Dwayne has a certain time period so it may end up that ‘Joe’ goes first in all those things and I don’t know if ‘Masters of the Universe’ will wait for me or where that’s going to end up. But right now it’s been great. We’ve been designing a ton of stuff for ‘Masters of the Universe’ as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world – that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s everything you want ‘Masters of the Universe’ to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we’re doing in the initial visual concepts that we’ve been making.”

Goddammit Chu, why you gotta say shit like that? That certainly sounds like the MOTU I’ve always played out in my head, but why you gotta sell us on promises you know you can’t keep? You’re like an Asian-American Uwe Boll. Just stop it. Leave my childhood alone. It’s already been goatsied enough by the likes of Micheal Bay and your sloppy seconds that was G.I. Joe 2.

He-Man isn’t the greatest of cartoons. It’s not even a very good one. It’s silly, stupid and filled with homoerotic undertones. Regardless, I’m a fan. As such, I have expectations that can never be met. I envision an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor (for the kiddies). 300 meets Lord of The Rings. Something like that, but I know it’s never gonna happen… and certainly not by the likes of Jon Chu. The hell with him and any director that wants to make it. Just leave it alone Hollywood, you bastards!

*steps off soap box*

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Ad, Now With More Action!

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In a few more weeks we’ll see the fruit of studio demands to add more action, more 3-D, and more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the meantime, here’s some action-packed footage featuring Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. Curiously, a lot of Palicki’s action scenes seem to be more about her looking hot than kicking ass, but hey, whatever.

Here’s the action reel:

Here’s the lot synopsis in case you’ve forgotten:

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.

Source: Geek Tyrant

‘The Wolverine’ Update – New Interviews & Photos

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The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.

“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”

And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.

“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says.  “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”

But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”

In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.

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Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.

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The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.

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The long, long, wait is almost over for director Jon Chu‘s G.I.Joe: Retaliation. With just over a month to go there’s a new international trailer and television spot hitting the internet. There is plenty of action in these two pieces, and the more I’ve seen so far has wiped away any initial fears I had about Chu and his Step Up movie background.

Who didn’t have some serious doubts when that directors choice news first broke? That nagging voice in the back of my head only got stronger at the announcement of the year-long delay to convert the movie to 3D, or add more Channing Tatum if the Internet rumors were to be believed. Throw in Chu’s background in hip hop dance movies (Step Up 3D, Step Up 2, Justin Bieber:Never Say Never) and this G.I.Joe fan-boy was pretty damn nervous.

Then the trailers and clips started hitting the Internet and I slowly started to got excited; opening day at the movies kind of excited. This movie has a great cast, (Love me some Ray parks and Ray Stevenson – 13!!!! – Rome fans will know what I’m talking about.) Throw in The Rock, some Bruce Willis and some sexy ninja ladies and you’ve got some real movie magic happening.

What do you think, will this movie crush it at the box office? Those toys have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Can this movie rekindle that toy selling spark?

G.I.Joe: Retaliation blasts its way onto theater screens March 27th and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce WillisAdrianne Palicki, Walton GogginsRay ParkByung-hun LeeElodie YungRZARay Stevenson, and D.J. Cotrona.

The International TV spot:

A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2012.

Via: Collider

Check Out 2 New TV Spots For G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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You know that Simpsons where Poochie is introduced to the “Itchy & Scratchy Show,” and in the first episode of the new “Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show,” the cat and mouse duo are heading to the fireworks factory, and they come across Poochie, who starts rapping about who he is and why he has so much attitude, and then Milhouse, watching the show, gets all flustered and shouts, “When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?!”

Yeah, waiting for G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been a lot like that.

Here are two new TV spots for the movie, which will be out in theaters on March 29th.


In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.

But when is G.I. Joe going to retaliate….?!

Source: Geek Tyrant

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The release of the G.I. Joe sequel, G.I. Joe Retaliation is just under two months away.  With the big delay that the movie saw last year, they’re looking to step up their marketing and perhaps bring back some of those who’ve lost interest since then.  So to do that, they’ve got a new viral marketing campaign put together.  Check out the video below to see how you can join up with Cobra and prove your loyalty to the bad guys.

If you head over to the Cobra Special Forces website, you’ll find some downloadable content as well as a listing of events that are apparently pro-Cobra.  Most of these are things like sporting events and concerts and, to tell the truth, I’ve no idea what attending one will get you.  Maybe a free ticket?  Probably not…

So join the cause of evil!  Or just wait around until March 29th and watch the film instead.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Anyone out there remember that sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra that was promised?  It was called G.I. Joe: Retaliation, if my memory serves me, and the poor flick has undergone a massive delay.  Though if the powers-that-be are to be believed, it will indeed be coming to a theater near you sometime in the future.  To prove this point, they’ve even decided to drop a giant, four-minute 3D trailer on us.  Well, at least those going to see the new Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be able to see it anyways.

Those that aren’t going to see that particular flick can check out this new video promo.  It’s supposed to entice us into seeing the new trailer, I think.  At the very least, we get to watch some ninjas jumping around doing ninja stuff in 2D.


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Think this makes it all worthwhile that they’ve taken the extra time out to convert the flick to 3D?

Barring random unforeseen acts of God, check out G.I. Joe: Retaliation when it hits theaters on March 29th.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.