Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Last spring, Paramount made the surprising decision to delay G.I. Joe: Retaliation by nine months, from June 2012 to March 2013, so that it could be converted to 3D. Now, in just a couple of months, we’ll find out whether that costly last-minute change was worth it.
The latest trailer tries to hype up the new 3D with plenty of ninja-tastic action. But to really get a sense of how the whole 3D thing has worked out for Paramount and MGM you may want to buy a ticket to this weekend’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, as it’ll screen with a four-minute 3D preview of G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read more details and watch the new promo after the jump.
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In an alternate timeline where Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe Retaliation wasn’t delayed to get a 3D overhaul, it would probably already be on Blu-ray. As it stands, though, the director is still working on making the conversion worth the wait. Audiences are about five months out from finally seeing some fulfillment of the action-packed promise we got when the first trailer was released in April.
A new edit of that original trailer has recently come online and while it has the exact same opening, and many of the exact same shots later on, there’s enough new stuff in there to warrant a look from any G.I. Joe fans rabidly awaiting the film.
G.I. Joe Retaliation opens March 29, 2013 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Elodie Yung, and Walton Goggins. Check out some new footage below. Read More »
Director Jon M. Chu has quickly become one of those directors whose quotes you need to read. After gaining notoriety with the Step Up movies and Justin Bieber documentary, Paramount entrusted him with one of their marquee franchises: G.I. Joe. Then Sony handed him the reigns to another potential franchise, Masters of the Universe. That’s a nice step up (pun intended) from dance TV shows.
In a new interview, Chu offered some significant updates on the status of G.I. Joe Retaliation, which was delayed so that (reportedly) the director could convert the film to 3D, as well as on Masters of the Universe, which is based on the popular Eighties cartoon and toy line . Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
So a new He-Man movie is really in development. Why? Great question. The property was never anything other than a method to pander toys — pretty weird, goofy toys, at that. Yet there is a company ready to pour millions of dollars into revitalizing a sales pitch that is best remembered by guys in the 30 to 40-year old age range. And Jon M. Chu, who made the yet-to-be-released G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is going to direct it. He spoke about his reasons for making the movie, which you can read below.
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By the power of Grayskull, Sony has been trying to revive the Masters of the Universe franchise for several years. Screenwriters were hired in 2010 to take a pass at the popular story of He-Man and now talks have revved up again as Jon Chu, the director of G.I. Joe Retaliation, is in talks to direct. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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What’s the real story behind the delay of Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Ever since the studio abruptly pushed the film to March 2013, just weeks before the planned opening later this month, there have been rumors about bad test screening reactions and a studio desire for more Channing Tatum.
We know the film is being converted to 3D, and there have been suppositions that the process is simply to bolster the box office take thanks to 3D surcharges, or that the conversion is a smokescreen to cover fixing other issues with the film.
Director Jon M. Chu has been quiet through the past few weeks — it can’t be a pleasant thing to see any film you’ve worked on go through the wringer like this — and there have been stories of a lack of communication between he and Paramount. Now Chu seems to have reached out to one site, and he says that 3D is really the focus of the delay. Read More »
By and large, no one liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra very much, and so you can’t blame Paramount for thinking it was a good idea to craft a sequel with as few faces as possible from the original movie. And when that sequel was set in motion last year, no one would have known that thanks to Haywire, 21 Jump Street and The Vow, audiences would warm to and quickly want a lot more of Channing Tatum. The actor could have just as easily hit summer 2012 as the new Ryan Reynolds.
But things worked out so that Tatum’s popularity is at an all-time high, and Paramount has G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which… well, he’s not in the movie very much. Oops.
So while the reports of a release date delay for Retaliation were oriented around the fact that the film would be converted to 3D, the real factor may be that those reshoots we mentioned recently will actually be done to keep Tatum in the movie a lot longer. Read More »
Cinemacon delivered a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this week, and now a new international trailer features a great deal of new footage. It’s pretty much entirely big, cheesy stuff in which the betrayed Joes battle the devious forces of Cobra with high tech and charming brawn, the latter courtesy of The Rock and Bruce Willis.
But like most of the other footage from Jon M. Chu‘s sequel, it looks like it might be just as entertaining as it is fluffy. Is it possible that Chu has his the sweet spot for summer movies with this cartoonish action film? Let’s hope. Check out the new stuff below. Read More »
Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.
In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”
Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
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