When Cobra spy Zartan has most of the Joes assassinated, the remaining Joes band together to strike back.
It's been nearly a week now since Paramount yanked G.I. Joe Retaliation from its schedules, just over a month before it was due in cinemas. That was in spite of having the merchandising in place, the advertising campaign in full swing, and the promotional work underway.
The officially-given reason for the delay was to add on 3D, which would enable Paramount to recoup more cash from non-US markets, where 3D continues to boom. As such, the film has been bumped back to March 2013.
However, as we speculated here, the 3D sounded like a cover story. That Paramount blinked when it stared into the heart of one of the most competitive seasons of summer blockbusters in years. It basically feared its film was going to get swamped, in much the same way Battleship had been when it took on The Avengers at the US box office a week or two back.
Inevitably, a week down the line, one or two further details have emerged, and we weren't a million miles off the mark.
According to a new report over at Deadline, there are some problems with the film, that will be fixed in the months ahead. Reshoots are planned, after test scores on the movie reportedly weren't encouraging. Furthermore, there was a genuine fear, it seems, that the movie was going to get blasted away at the box office, especially with The Amazing Spider-Man arriving one week later.
But there was a factor that we hadn't considered, that might just turn out to be one of the main reasons behind the delay: Channing Tatum.
Tatum appeared in the first G.I. Joe movie, but the plan was to kill him off early in the second one. However, this year, he's appeared in two big hits to date - The Vow and 21 Jump Street - and his upcoming stripper comedy, Magic Mike, is expected to make it three in a row. Paramount, therefore, is not keen to throw Tatum away.
Thus, moving G.I. Joe's release date first of all stops a direct competition with Magic Mike. And secondly, presumably it means that Tatum's character is now set to survive, and be as beefed up as reshoots will allow.
One interesting point in the Deadline article is a brief line about director Jon M Chu. The site reports that Chu is "shellshocked" about the late-in-the-day delay.Source: www.denofgeek.com
G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been pushed back to 2013, with Paramount claiming the delay is necessary in order to give the film the 3D treatment in post production.
The film was initially set to open in the US on 29 June 2012, a prime weekend in the summer schedule, but will now be shunted all the way back to 29 March 2013.
The news comes as something of a surprise given the amount of money the studio spent on securing advertising space at this year's Superbowl, but a studio source told Deadline the move will pay off in the long run.
"We're going to do a conscientious 3D job because we've seen how it can better box office internationally," said the source. "Jim Cameron did all of Titanic's 3D in post, and look how well that movie turned out."
Sounds like fans of musclebound men firing big guns will have to wait a little bit longer to see Bruce Willis and The Rock do their stuff. Meanwhile, Paramount will have to start saving their pennies ahead of next year's Superbowl...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Walton Goggins, most recently seen in Predators and Cowboys & Aliens, has signed with Paramount for a part in G. I. Joe 2.
Variety reports that Goggins' character in G. I. Joe 2: Retaliation will be Warden Nigel James.
He's most famous for his role as Detective Shane Vendrell in The Shield, but since it closed production in 2008, Goggins has had several supporting big screen roles and will also play Wells A. Hutchins in the upcoming Lincoln (starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
Others who have recently joined G. I. 2's impressively diverse cast list include Dwayne Johnson and Wu Tang's RZA. Bruce Willis is also set to play the Joe of the title.
G. I. Joe 2 is directed by Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). It's scheduled to be released at some point during summer 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
It's fair to say that G. I. Joe didn't enjoy a great deal of critical love.
By rights, nobody should be getting too excited about the prospect of a sequel, but the cast that director Jon Chu is putting together is pretty hard to ignore.
Ray Stevenson, most recently seen as Volstagg in Thor, has joined the cast as villain Firefly.
Stevenson has starred in Punisher: War Zone and The Other Guys, but he's still best known for his role as rowdy soldier Titus Pullo in TV show Rome.
He joins Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson in the sequel, as well as the recently cast Adrianne Palicki. Bruce Willis' name has also been bandied about, but his involvement remains a rumour.
The movie is further distanced from its predecessor by the fact Tatum seems to be the only cast member returning (although Lee Byung-hun and Ray Park have also been mooted to be coming back).
Here's hoping that G. I. Joe 2 can deliver some more impressive action, a leaner plot and, in the form of Stevenson, a more threatening villain than the limp first instalment managed.
G. I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is expected to arrive in summer 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has joined G. I. Joe: Cobra Strikes as female lead Lady Jaye.
Palicki recently starred as Wonder Woman in a TV pilot that wasn't picked up, and she also appeared in awful Paul Bettany vehicle Legion.
She joins recently-cast Dwayne Johnson in Joe sequel Cobra Strikes, which is to be directed by Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
Channing Tatum, Lee Byung-hun and Ray Park are the only actors from the original said to be reprising their roles, so it'll be interesting to see what's in store in terms of villains.
Bruce Willis' name has been bandied about in relation to the original 'G. I. Joe', Joe Colton, but that's firmly in the rumour category at the moment, with several other actors purported to be on the list.
It's hard to think of many people who'd better suit the role than Willis though, and his presence would no doubt be a draw to those disappointed by the underwhelming first installment.
As Cobra Strikes has been written by Zombieland duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it's looking like this might just be able to turn the franchise around.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Dwayne Johnson has entered talks to join the cast of G. I. Joe 2 aka G. I. Joe: Cobra Strikes.
Deadline reports that the ex-wrestler is up for the role of Roadblock. In the original comics, Roadblock is a bad-ass African-American who serves the dual role as the Joe's machine gunner and, uh, chef.
Further boosting G. I. Joe 2's muscle index count is Channing Tatum, who starred in the first film and is in talks to reprise his role of Duke for the sequel.
Tatum is just one of three characters from 2009's G. I. Joe movie tipped to return for the next installment, with Storm Shadows (Lee Byung-hun) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) both joining him.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Cobra Commander in G. I. Joe, has confirmed that he won't be back for the follow-up – and after that hit-and-miss first film (which had him in a mask for most of the running time anyway), we don't blame him.
G. I. Joe 2 is apparently now a priority for Paramount. With JJ Abrams confirming that he wants to make Star Trek 2 his next project, the studio is apparently taking the sequel off their 2012 slate to give Abrams more time to do it right.
G. I. Joe: Cobra Strikes opens August 2012.Source: www.totalfilm.com
26 April 1980
Channing Matthew Tatum
6' 1" (1.85 m)
2 May 1972
Dwayne Douglas Johnson
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George Raymond Stevenson
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Walton Sanders Goggins Jr.
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Walter Bruce Willis
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