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.
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 first full trailer for G.I.Joe: Retaliation has hit the net and it looks . . .
All the bells and whistles that belong in a good G.I.Joe story are there:
Snake Eyes – Check!
RoadBlock – Check!
Scarlet – Check!
Jinx – Check!
Duke – Check!
Explosions, Guns, Ninjas – Check!
Cobra doing the nasty stuff – Check!
That is the WHITE HOUSE flying COBRA flags up there. The Rock playing Roadblock is genius. He knows how to deliver the action one liners that we’ll all howl with laughter at. Not to mention that Bruce Willis, the high king of the snarky action hero is the man G.I.Joe turns to when the going gets tough. When I saw the 20 second cut of this trailer the other day I was not impressed. This trailer will put my ass in the theater seat June 29th, 2012.
Let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think about this trailer and the G.I. Joe movie franchise as it stands now.
Disney has made some fantastic cartoons that we’ve all grown up watching, and the Gargoyles series was one of the best — hands down. Sadly, this isn’t about the wickedly sweet animated series.
Currently being produced by Lauren Shuler Donner of the X-Men franchise, the series is currently in the hands of G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett. They are rewriting the script that had previously been written by Zoe Green… and it should worry you. Not to ruffle any feathers or anything, but G.I. Joe sucked some major ass; it still baffles the mind that the studios okayed a sequel to that trash. Disney just screwed the pooch on this one.
The film centers on “a world in which the stony statues on buildings come to life. Elliot and Lovett would portray them as guardian angels for the cities in which they reside”. So, it’s not quite the animated series… but it practically is the animated series.
Hopefully the sun does come up on this feature — only so someone can smash it to tiny bits.
The G.I. Joe cartoon from the 80’s 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 it’s later live-action incarnation, 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.
However, I was sorta intrigued that the script for the upcoming second installment was scribed by Zombieland masterminds Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Also cocked my head to the side like a puppy when I heard that Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Duke were the only three G.I. Joe characters returning to the franchise, but then for some reason the studio officially hiredJustin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon Chu to bring the G.I Joe sequel to life. Pararmount Pictures and the Hasbro Toy Company can lick that extra piece of skin on my anus for allowing this to happen.
Wait. It could be a good thing. I am being a hard on Chu for being reasponsible for Never Say Never (and Step Up 2 the Streets and Step Up 3D) but he actually has great appreciation for the franchise and seems to have more of a clue what G.I. Joe is about than the last creative team. Here’s a excerpt from recent interview
[G.I.] Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero.
His attitude does sound promising, but I still have my doubts.
Anyway, for those of you who actually liked the first flick and for those who are curious on what new life Chu can bring to the franchise, Paramount Pictures has now announced that the sequel will be released on August 10th 2012
Umm, what?! Jon Chu, director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 2 the Streets and Step Up 3D, is the new director of G.I. Joe 2 reports Deadline. This is laughable. Personally, I thought the first G.I. Joe was giant pile of smelly crap. I was so bored I feel asleep, in an action movie no less. But choosing Chu as director for the sequel, what is Paramount thinking?
Chu was one of many directors being considered for the film, including Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra. I’m betting Chu got the job because of the mountains of cash Never Say Never made. But, maybe I’m being too harsh. I did hate the first film, and I haven’t seen one of Chu’s films. Maybe I’m judging too quickly. Chu does sound excited for the project,
The one thing I felt was missing from the last Joe was the power of the punch. You want Joe to be tough. They are fun, but they are tough. I feel that you don’t want to make Joe too kidsie.
[G.I.] Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero. For me, it is about the fun stuff like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and all the gadgets. All of that stuff. But it has heart. Its heart is what America, and what heroes and leaders around the world, strive to be. I think that is what the brand needs. It needs the respect to be treated in that way.
Okay, reading that makes me a little more confidant in this man as a director. A little. I think he has a great appreciation for the franchise and seems to have more of a clue what G.I. Joe is about than the last creative team, but still, the Bieber movie? I’m gonna need some proof. First off, I think some recasting might be nice, but word is they’re seeking to bring back the originals. Bor-ring.
What are you guys thinking? Did you love the first G.I. Joe and can’t wait for more? Are excited by the choice of Jon Chu? I really need some feedback here because I honestly, it’s hard for to me to give a rat’s ass about this sequel.
So wait…the first one didn’t get critically acclaimed (which doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t have an audience), but they’re still gonna make another? That’s Hollywood for ya. So it’s no surprise that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is getting a sequel. Recently, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner commented on the sequel project saying,
“It’s in the works! We have a really good script and we’re right now talking to a number of directors,”
When asked if the director search officially puts original helmer Stephen Sommers out of the running, Goldner replied:
“I don’t know if I can comment. I don’t know if the studio has commented yet. But we’re certainly talking to some people.”
So since Rise of Cobra director, Stephen Sommers has been given the boot who would possibly direct the sequel?? Well a few names that have been thrown around in the rumor mill are, F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and John M. Chu, the man, the myth, the legend who brought us, Never Say Never, the Justin Bieber biopic for Paramount.
For those of you out there wondering “should I catch on the back story to get ready for the sequel?” Fear not! Goldner also alluded to this film being it’s own entity commenting,
“In many ways, it’ll be great for the people who saw the first one, but you don’t need to have studied every element of the first one to enjoy the second. We’ve made sure that that’s the case.”
However, before worrying about if the sequel will be any good shouldn’t the main concern be knowing who will direct this beast? Afterall, knowing IS half the battle! I just hope they show it in 3D!
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.
So hey, that director from the first live action Joe movie is returning. Stephen Sommers (The Mummy 1&2, Van Helsing) must have done something right to be able to come back after hearing many horror stories of the post production the film had to go through because of how the studio didn’t have faith in it. Now, some (let’s be honest, ALL) of you might be asking why you should care about the second live action Joe film, well, the writers of the film are Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Yes, the writers that gave us Zombieland has written a draft that has been approved recently.
Now with a second chance, do y’all think that Sommers will do justice with the sequel or did he blew his chance with the first one? C’mon, the man did bring us The Scorpion King.