Paramount announced last week that they were aiming to get G.I. Joe 3, and a bunch of other sequels, into theaters by 2016. With about two years to write, cast, set-up production, shoot, edit, and promote the film, one might think that the producers had better start cracking then. Indeed, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is cracking and according to him he’s close to signing a writer and is now in the process of looking at directors. But what kind of story are we looking at, and what Joes might be involved? For answers from di Bonaventura, read on. (more…)
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura seems quite excited about his work on the upcoming film adaptation of the classic Atari game Asteroids:
“It’s not a disaster movie, yeah, if we’re successful at getting it made. It’s much more of a space opera. It’s like a great sci-fi movie if we get it done right. It is not at all what people think it is. People think, ‘Oh, the asteroid’s gonna hit the earth,’ and I have no interest in doing that. That’s been done exceedingly well before. No, this takes place in an asteroid belt, the whole movie.”
Okay….that’s all well and good. It still doesn’t quite explain WHY anyone would want a movie about a four decade old arcade game with no plot. The last time a big budget sci-fi flick was made out of a classic game with no story or characters, we got the baffling, pointless train wreck that was Battleship.
While Bonaventura is adamant that Asteroids won’t be an Armageddon-esque disaster flick (Roland Emmerich was considered as director), his previous work makes it hard to believe this won’t descend to mindless popcorn movie SFX orgy levels….listen to him gush about his love for the title:
“It just seems like that’s big. Like, what? Asteroids? That’s big. What’s going on up there? When I look at that project, that’s what I think about it, is I think about the scale of it and I think about the possibility of it.”
These just don’t strike me as the sentiments of a producer interested in a story-driven science fiction epic.
Then again, the truly awesome David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man Of Steel, Dark City) is one of several writers working on the screenplay, so maybe Asteroids will end up surprising everyone…It’d help to know who’s directing, but that has yet to be announced.
Stay alert for further updates.
Whoever said G.I. Joe’s were toys never told John McClane.
Action star Bruce Willis is in talks to join the cast of G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, with the veteran action joining Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and RZA as new cast members to the franchise. While Paramount studios has declined to comment on the business deal we have learned, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, that Willis is in negotiations to play General Joe Colton. If that name sounds familiar to G.I. Joe nerds it should, Joe Colton is the original Joe.
For those that don’t know the man known as Joe Colton , he was the first to get the handle G.I. Joe back in the 1980’s comic book series. First called the ultimate freedom fighting force, his unit later becomes the G.I. Joe strike team. This guy make Snake Eyes look like a bitch.
If Bruce does sign on to join the Jon M. Chu directed movie before it starts filming in October then this will give the Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced action movie the much needed run for it’s money.
Personally having Willis play the number one Joe would be an added boost to the franchise….. as long as they let him keep that kung-fu grip. We’ll have to wait and see.
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation is slated for theaters June 29th, 2012.
This morning we reported that the adaptation of Playstation 3’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was moving forward, and now we can report that another video game-based movie is taking a set forward in development. Get ready for Space Invaders the Movie!
Yes sir, the 1978 arcade game created by Tomohiro Nishikado, where the player must use their laser canon to shoot down row after row of attacking UFOs, might soon be coming to a theatre near you thanks to Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Di Bonaventura picks up the baton dropped by producer Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow) when he optioned Space Invaders through Warner Bros. last year.
The next step for di Bonaventura is to select a writer and start developing a story, which should be interesting because what exactly is the story for Space Invaders? Perhaps it will be about a lone gunner forced to face an advancing alien armada all by himself. The gunner could be played by Shia LaBeouf or Jesse Eisenberg, and they can wise-crack all the way through the movie as the alien ships start attacking faster and faster…
Probably not. But we’ll have to wait and see if the production team can come up with a compelling and original idea through which they can cash in more than the game’s name cache. With recent releases like Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, and the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, the invading spacemen market is already a crowded one.
Space Invaders will be competing with Roland Emmerich’s Asteroids to see which movie based on a classic arcade game can make it to the cinemas first.
*Note: the above report was written by NB contributor Adam A. Donaldson