There was a time when what could arguably be dismissed as “kids’ stuff” (comics, cartoons, toys, video games) had little or no chance at being adapted into successful, never mind respectable movies. Hell, to make Superman – the most famous and universally recognized comic book character on Earth – into a film people took seriously, they had to put Marlon Brando in the cast and get the author of The Godfather to write the script.
Things have changed: Nowadays studios drool over the chance at getting their mitts on nerdy properties. The children who grew up with cartoons, action figures, and comic books are now the adults buying movie tickets and DVDs/Blu-Rays. Marvel is close to becoming better known as a film studio than a comics publisher, video game flicks are no longer a running joke in the movie business, and cartoons designed to sell children overpriced hunks of plastic are now fodder for summer blockbusters.
Now, however much we as nerds want to see Michael Bay die in a fire for what he did to our sacred Transformers (or what he’s currently doing to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), it’s impossible to argue that the man made serious bank for Paramount. Sure, Bay might bathe in the tears of geeks, but the financial success he’s had is opening doors for live action adaptations of many of the programs we grew up with (some of which probably won’t completely suck). GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra may have been underwhelming, but its long-awaited sequel is proving to be a smash hit with audiences, critics, and nerds alike. A Robotech adaptation is reportedly in the works, and there’s been a great deal of talk about a Masters Of The Universe live action film that might actually take the subject matter seriously.
But what about the shows from our childhoods that are not quite as well-remembered? Shows that were largely forgotten by all but hardcore ’80s nerds? Could any of them possibly be resurrected as serious, profitable, well-received live action films? Well, here are ten we think might have a shot:
GI Joe Combo Attack: Paramount Greenlights GJ3, And a Crossover Flick With Transformers Could be a Possibility
Paramount is apparently so pleased with the exceptional performance of GI Joe: Retaliation, the long-awaited follow up to the somewhat lackluster GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, that the studio has already greenlit a third installment. Comic Book Movie claims the cast was very enthusiastic about another adventure for the cinematic Joes when they spoke to them at the London press conference. Plus, Variety‘s Andrew Stewart weighed in with this comment on Twitter:
We’ll be sure to keep you informed about any developments concerning this film.
In other Real, American, and Heroic news: A crossover between the GI Joe and Transformers universes COULD end up being more than the fodder for a comic book miniseries, or the fevered dreams of legions of fanboys. Cinemablend discussed the possibility with Retaliation producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura:
I guess it’s possible. I don’t know. I think I probably at this moment, I resist it. I don’t know necessarily why, but I just think there’s so much that’s so rich in the mythologies that I don’t think they need to draw from the other. I think, I didn’t rule it out for me and I think those things have somehow for me, sort of in the past, they made me feel like a little bit cynical exercises in just drawing money out of something.
It’s not to say you couldn’t do it well, but both these properties have such rich mythologies with so many characters, that you could go a lot of movies before you start running out of ideas of what to do. But it’s not to say, if we found the right… I’d hate to set out to do that, but if I heard a story where we went, “Oh my God…,” I could see a story right now about machination, machination of war and that could lead you sort of intrinsically to a Transformer.
Given that both properties are owned by the same company, and their film franchises produced by the same studio, it certainly seems logical that one day they could share a movie. And there’s certainly precedent – films like the Alien vs. Predator franchise, and Freddy vs. Jason have proved the marketability of the concept. Fan support is, of course, beyond any doubt (as long as Jon Chu makes the flick – not Michael Bay).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation may have dropped off the radar for a bit, but with the release date only a few weeks away, they’re putting every effort into making sure you’re interested enough to buy some tickets and go watch the thing. The latest marketing ploy – five new videos focusing on five of the movie’s characters. Check out people fighting and things exploding, all done in snippets of less than 30 seconds:
Snake Eyes –
Cobra Commander –
Put all that together with some more footage and you get a full-on film! And that construct you can check out when it hits theaters on March 29th.
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.
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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.
Paramount Pictures Japan has released a short, albeit frenetic and action-packed trailer for the long-awaited and oft-delayed sequel to GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra — GI Joe: Retaliation.
The film, starring D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, and Channing Tatum…Plus Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis, is due to arrive in theatres March 29th of this year. Fans have waited through a seemingly endless series of delays, setbacks, and reschedulings for the Joes’ second attempt at a live action film: Many are sanguine that Retaliation will make up for the deficiencies of the not unenjoyable, but profoundly uneven GI Joe: Rise of Cobra.
Yes folks, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is still coming soon to a theater near you, albeit not as soon as it was supposed to. There have been delays in the film (but apparently not in the release of the toys made from the film) and the final body count has moved the flick from a summer of this year release to March of 2013. Why did it take so bloody long? Increased 3D effects is the answer to that question.
So, without further delay, here is the new trailer for the movie, no doubt put together so that people don’t forget about the film entirely:
I especially enjoyed how they used “coming soon” as opposed to putting forth any definite release date. A sign of confidence in more delays, perhaps?
Barring further 3D problems, you should be able to watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation come March 29 of next year.
Thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the news.
The new G.I. Joe: Retaliation flick is almost upon us and with the anticipation comes the hype. The plot consists of the classic baddies, such as Zartan, Storm Shadow, Firefly and, of course, Cobra Commander, giving the G.I. Joe team a hard time and blowing up lots of stuff in the process.
This time around, the team gets framed as traitors and must battle their way back from infamy to take down Cobra and break their stranglehold on the world’s nuclear arsenal. Featuring such big names and Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, G.I. Joe 2 promises to knock the back out of your skull with action.
The film, set to release on June 29, 2012, has a new trailer circulating inJapan, so check it out:
Thanks to the kids at bleedingcool for the heads up.
Did you hear? Spoilers don’t actually ruin your enjoyment of entertainment; says some recent -completely ridiculous- experiment. So na nana boo boo, it’s OK to spoil, statistically speaking. Being that documented research has basically given us carte Blanche to ruin movies, lets take a look at some spoilerific details on two in production blockbusters, GI Joe: Retaliation and The Man of Steel.
You didn’t ask for it, But GI: Joe 2 is happening. Soon too, GI Joe: Retaliation it’s slated to begin in New Orleans this month to meet the scheduled June 29, 2012 release date. It’s being directed by John Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura. It will star Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Lee Byung-hun, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, RZA and possibly Bruce Willis. Our friends and io9 got a shit ton of plot details from some sort of regurgitated casting call. I don’t want to comment on material taken out of context (which everyone seems to be doing w/ all leaked set photos from The Dark Knight Rises. Calm down nerds), but it all sounds really fucked. Honestly, it reads like a term paper that fulfills the word count requirement and drops in key phrases to demonstrate some familiarity with the material, but is largely filler. Horrible filler.
Here’s what we got: