In the tepid environment of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, comes the second release in this new franchise, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. With the new installment, director Jon Chu has taken over for Stephen Sommers, so we might be seeing something more solid than last time. Although, with the trailers released so far, it looks like we might be in for more of the same.
The geeks over at slashfilm got the chance to interview Churecently about the new film. In addition to chatting about how much he loved to play with his G.I. Joe action figures as a kid, he had a few things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and why people should spend their ten bucks rather than wait for video.
When asked about the mediocre response to the first film:
It’s crazy, because as polarizing as that first movie was, people still went and saw it and people still went and saw it over and over and the DVD sold like crazy, so…
I mean it seems like more people like it than people will admit, which is crazy. And we are not trying to compete with that movie, we are trying to make a different movie.
About building the G.I. Joe universe:
…we really tried to bridge all of those mythologies with everything you know about Joe and put it into one.
If you loved GI JOE or if you know nothing about GI JOE and you just like a story that has ninjas and lots of things blowing up, you should give our movie a shot.
About how his movie is better than the last one:
…we wanted you to feel the power of the punch, something I was missing in the last movie, I wanted to know that these guys were really fighting. I wanted to see the scratches and patterns on patterns.
So all of those things, to me, is what we tried to build into the movie, that you actually felt the world and the action; each action piece was different from the next with different textures, different fighting style, different shooting style, and so it never felt like a repeat of an action scene and that you actually revealed stuff about each character. So the way someone retreats or the way someone steps up to plate at that moment all reveals stuff about characters…
About how he got involved in the project:
Well I mean I have a relationship with Paramount from when we did the Bieber movie.
To me the pitch was sort of the everyman’s story, the hero’s story of a boy finding technology and having his destiny sort of fulfilled.
I think my relationship withParamount, when they saw that and we would talk about other movies and we started talking about JOE and I told them how much I loved JOE and what I thought that the JOE franchise could be… What a perfect moment to redefine a brand that is along those same lines, that can help us find our way of what it means to be a hero and what it means to be a leader.
About the new-and-improved Cobra Commander:
We tell that story in the movie, so you’re going to have to see the movie to fully know how that transformation is and it was difficult to find how.
…we don’t start there. We actually see how it all sort of unfolds, but it definitely is fun. That was one of the most fun challenges to figure out. I want Cobra… I freaking follow Cobra Commander on Twitter and I love all of those things and that’s iconic. There are very few villains that are as iconic as Cobra Commander, so I wanted him to be a presence in this movie.
And about what he has next on his plate:
You know, I don’t know.
I love action now. I’m stuck in this action adventure world, which was really fun. I love designing a world. I love creating the red ninjas and Snake Eyes and designing the vehicles and all of that. To work with a team like that was just one of the best experiences of my life, so I hope I can build another world.
So, if what Chu said sold you on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, then go see it on June 21st. Don’t forget to let us know what you think, so we Nerdbastards know whether we should save our money or not.
And feel free to visit slashfilm to check out the entire interview.