In a move that’s so 2010, Paramount has announced that they’re pushing back the release date of the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation because they want to give it a 3-D conversion to – Take it away unnamed studio exec in Deadline – “We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally.”
That’s right. Because if there’s one thing that Battleship has apparently taught us it’s that international audiences will chow down on any Hollywood hogwash so long as its in three dimensions. Which may or may not be true given how Battleship reaped over $200 million internationally and made only a paltry $25 million its opening weekend in North America.
The real question though is aside from that lucrative international 3-D money, what’s the upside for Paramount taking Retaliation out of rotation a little over a month before it was supposed to be released? Especially considering that nerds everywhere were cautiously optimistic about this Joe after the inescapable crappiness of Rise of Cobra a mere three years ago?
Well, The Hunger Games proved that March moviegoers are hungry for blockbuster material, and I guess this way, Retaliation gets out of the path of The Amazing Spider-Man, which may (in Paramount’s opinion) be part of a comic book movie blockbuster resurgence in the wake of The Avengers. (Not that I’m saying Spider-Man will make a mint, but it’s possible studio execs are thinking that way.)
Anyway, what do you guys think of this news of 3-D G.I. Joe?
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.
This NerdBastard has gotten that “Khannnnnnnnnnn!!!!!” feeling about G.I.Joe: Retaliation.
What’s this “Khannnnnnnnnnn!!!!!” feeling you speak of?
That’s the deep in your gut feeling that the second movie of the franchise is going to be way better than the first. Just look at this trailer. When the Hollywood powers that be announced a second G.I.Joe movie we all had some of the same thoughts:
Oh hell, not another one.
Pissing on my childhood once wasn’t enough . . .
What the hell kind of mess is this gonna be.
This trailer should set all those fears aside. This NerdBastard doesn’t know where to start with all the awesomeness that is in this trailer. Watch it and tell your fellow NerdBastards what you think.
Will it be the best in a long line of G.I.Joe movies?
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:
So to be an angst-ridden reborn man or the devil himself, this was Bradley Cooper’s dilemma when it came to deciding which film he’d rather take. Why did he have to choose? Well, insider sources say that The Crow and Paradise Lost, both films with Cooper casted, would shoot around the same time next year. Between the two options, The Hollywood Reporter says that Bradley Cooper chose Satan, and has flown out on The Crow.
Of course despite the fact that these allegations haven’t been confirmed, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg are listed as possible replacements if this turns out to be true. Coming Soon Net reports that both men are already in different film projects.
Wahlberg can soon be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut Ted and recently signed on for the crime thriller Broken City. Tatum, meanwhile, is currently in production on the still-untitled G.I. Joe sequel and will re-team with Steven Soderbergh for Magic Mike, based on the actor’s own experiences working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida.
So, could we see scheduling problems arise once more if Bradley Cooper does have to be replaced? For now we just have to wait and see little Nerbastards. For now though we do know that the film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). This film will be a re-adaptation to James O’Barr’s comic book series that was previously made into the 1994 film of the same name. This reboot is reported as a grittier version compared to its 1994 counterpart, but will once again tell the story of Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge the death of his wife. Script written originally by Fresandillo has been reported as going under the ‘editing knife’ once Alex Tse came on board.
Will this film work, or is the curse of ‘The Crow’ coming back to bite everyone’s derriere so that it is left alone?
In the first piece of news that suggests G.I Joe 2 isn’t going to be direct to DVD, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to play Roadblock. Variety broke the news :
Fresh off “Fast Five,” Dwayne Johnson is back in action, talking with Paramount about a role in the sequel to “G.I. Joe.” Jon Chu, who brought “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” to the world, is directing the 3D update, titled “G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes.” Johnson will play Roadblock, one of the most prominent African-Americans in the G.I. Joe canon, and among the biggest and strongest.
Within the heart of a man lies the desire to become a gourmet chef. You wouldn’t know that by looking at Roadblock. With his size and brawn, he can carry a .50 Browning machine gun with accompanying 50 lbs. ammo and still endure the powerful recoils. That fact alone is enough to scare the enemy. In actuality, he’s one of the most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie. Aside from his impressive strength, he could take your K-rations and whip up something more appetizing. Roadblock was setting to go to France’s Escoffier School by working as a bouncer until a recruiter convinced him the Army can train him just as well. He was appalled by the menu and preparation techniques in the Army kitchen that he requested a transfer. And that is how Roadblock got into infantry.
The scent of whatever the Rock is cookin’ can’t possibly overpower the stench of suck left over from the first movie. But, admittedly, the casting actually makes me want to see the sequel. Dammit.
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes is scheduled for release August 10, 2012 and is rumored to also return Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke).
The GI Joe cartoon, was pretty damn ridiculous. Characters, gadgets, and set pieces were so far fetched and beyond the realm of believability, that the only reason we took them seriously is because we were 8 years old. With that said, I loved that damn cartoon, and I still do today. I did NOT however, like the flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It was even more absurd than it’s source material. It was loud and dumb. A complete throwaway experience. Of course, my opinion doesn’t matter. It was a financial hit and Hasbro is laughing their way to a sequel.
Latino Reviewis now reporting that the three possible candidates Paramount is considering are Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan), F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, Be Cool), and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step 2 & 3D).
While Collet-Serra and Gray have the directorial credential to do a decent G.I. Joe film, I want to know how Chu got his name into the pot because I don’t think a G.I. Joe type of film may be in his repertoire, although Step Up 3D was praised for it’s use of 3D.
I’m not thrilled on a follow-up to the insult that was Rise of Cobra, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick do excite me. A director is the deciding factor on whether or not we get a proper Joe flick this time.
So, who do y’all think from the three listed should take the directorial helm for the G.I. Joe sequel? Or is there another director that you have in mind that could bring life to the franchise?
While G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was out in theaters, either making nerds angry or regular folks satisfied, Paramount Pictures pretty much green-lit a sequel. From there, there were talks of Stephen Sommers returning to direct but as we learned earlier this month, Sommers won’t be part of the sequel.
It seems the good news keeps on coming as Lee Byung-Hun, who portrayed Storm Shadow, has signed on to reprise his role. Seeing that Snake Eyes was on one of the G.I. Joe 2 promotion image, we can expect some more ninja battles and hopefully less lips on the mask.
With the news of Storm Shadow returning and that Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese is behind the writing, I have some hope that it’ll be at least better than the first one. What do y’all think of the news? Does this give you new hope for the sequel or is this still doom either way?
Back in April of last year, we got news that Stephen Sommers was returning to direct a sequel of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. While most of us just pushed that news away because of how the first one turn out, the only good news that we got out of it was that Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were writing the script for the sequel.
Well folks, it seems that now Sommers will not be returning as the LA Times website reported this:
“Those who were on the fence about the filmmaker can unhook themselves: After reports this summer that Sommers would be returning to direct a planned sequel, it looks like he won’t be doing that after all. Two agents who represent other filmmakers have said they’d recently been approached about their clients coming on to helm the movie and were told that Sommers would not be getting behind the camera. Paramount declined to comment.”
Does this news give us hope that maybe the sequel will be much closer to G.I. Joe that we all know and love or do you think we’ll have another popcorn action movie where you’ll have to turn your brain off to enjoy? So with that, who would you like to direct the sequel and bring to life the script that is being written by the Zombieland writers.
Folks, the image above shows logos for upcoming films that are being worked on and I don’t know about you but it’s about damn time that we finally get a Candyland flick. Hasbro recently held a stockholders meeting and decided to show off and give updates on movie projects that are based on their properties.
The first update is that the Ouija movie is set for November 9th, 2012 release date but it has yet to find it’s director. Word is that they are trying to get Pierre Morel (Taken) to direct it. The next update was that they revealed a image of Snake Eyes with the words G.I. Joe 2 next to him (image available). The last big update was that J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) is still on board as the director for the Micronauts film.
After that they revealed directors for the following films: Peter Berg(Hancock, The Kingdom) – Battleship; Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Alien, Shark Tale) – Stretch Armstrong;Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Enchanted) – Candyland; Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, The Ring) – Clue; and Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) – Monopoly. They also revealed that Will Smith will be the producer for the Risk film.