Exclusive: Director Stephen Sommers Video Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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What director Stephen Sommers has gone through on “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” has really been unfair. For the past few months, many unfounded rumors have followed both him and the movie. One rumor was he got fired. The other was “G.I. Joe” wasn’t a good movie.

So it’s finally time to set the record straight. I’ve seen “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” twice and can say with certainty the film will surprise you. Not only is the movie non-stop action, but it’s the kind of movie that normally comes out in early June and not August. Also, I went to last night’s screening with both Joe and non-Joe fans and everyone loved it. Again, this movie will surprise you.

Anyway, earlier today I interviewed director “Stephen Sommers” and we covered every subject you can imagine – from making the film to all the rumors about a plagued post-production. If you’re a fan of “G.I. Joe” or just curious what director Stephen Sommers had to say about all the rumors, the extended interview is after the jump:

Finally, I’ve got a few more “G.I. Joe” interviews to run, so check back each day for a new one. And here’s the mini-review I posted a few weeks ago.

Stephen Sommers

  • Says he literally just finished the film. Talks about where he’s been
  • I ask what has the process of making G.I. Joe been like with all the less than positive online buzz.
  • Compares how the first Transformers was attacked to what happened on G.I. Joe
  • Talks about how he had final cut
  • We talk about how easy it is to follow the action in G.I. Joe
  • Talks about his history with movies and how he developed his style
  • What’s the one scene he thinks worked out perfectly and the one area that maybe didn’t work out perfectly
  • We talk about how the film is non-stop action. I ask how he made it happen with the budget
  • What’s going to be on the DVD/Blu-ray – says there is a scene with Rachel Nichols that will be on it
  • How is Tarzan progressing
  • G.I. Joe sequel talk – even after all the stuff that has happened, would he want to do the sequel. Says he would *love* to make another Joe.
  • 11:40 Spoiler Alert. Do not watch from this point on till you see the movie. Concerns ending. We warn you during the video to stop watching.
  • Stephen talks about future G.I. Joe movies. Again, DO NOT watch this part till you have seen the movie
  • Talks about other Joe characters he’s like to use in the future




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  • JoJoFet

    The producer Lorenzo has actually said he would like to see Flint and Flagg appear in the sequel.

  • JoJoFet

    The producer Lorenzo has actually said he would like to see Flint and Flagg appear in the sequel.

  • Daring Inquisition

    I’ve heard rumors that the initial screening of G.I. Joe that the reviews were so bad that they could possibly fire Sommers if the film tanks at the box office ( Ang Lee Hulk bad).

    • Mike

      Hulk was very good though.

  • Daring Inquisition

    I’ve heard rumors that the initial screening of G.I. Joe that the reviews were so bad that they could possibly fire Sommers if the film tanks at the box office ( Ang Lee Hulk bad).

    • Mike

      Hulk was very good though.

  • JUDGE DREDD

    Looks fun, Shame the costume designers didnt work on the last 2 recent BATMAN films.
    These outfits are seriously cool looking.

  • JUDGE DREDD

    Looks fun, Shame the costume designers didnt work on the last 2 recent BATMAN films.
    These outfits are seriously cool looking.

  • Compulsive Collector

    And those “rumors” were quickly debunked, “Daring Inquisition”. In fact, they originated from an anonymous poster on Don Murphy’s message board, hardly a credible source of legitimate information.

  • Compulsive Collector

    And those “rumors” were quickly debunked, “Daring Inquisition”. In fact, they originated from an anonymous poster on Don Murphy’s message board, hardly a credible source of legitimate information.

  • Charlie Waffles

    I’m sorry, but GI Joe is not a good movie. It’s horrendous.
    The acting is absolutely awful. Sienna Miller gives the best performance, somehow, but it’s only good for the first 3/4ths of the film. Channing Tatum is a pouty, whiny little bitch. Dennis Quaid, unfortunately, phones it in.
    The story is extremely weak. The never-ending flashbacks throughout the film are mind-numbingly stupid. There’s nothing enjoyable in the film, and nothing worth seeing a 2nd time. I’d rather go see Transformers 2 again.

  • Charlie Waffles

    I’m sorry, but GI Joe is not a good movie. It’s horrendous.
    The acting is absolutely awful. Sienna Miller gives the best performance, somehow, but it’s only good for the first 3/4ths of the film. Channing Tatum is a pouty, whiny little bitch. Dennis Quaid, unfortunately, phones it in.
    The story is extremely weak. The never-ending flashbacks throughout the film are mind-numbingly stupid. There’s nothing enjoyable in the film, and nothing worth seeing a 2nd time. I’d rather go see Transformers 2 again.

  • joe

    I am big fan of GI JOE i am going to watch it but my exceptation are not very high i know it will be not critically acclaimed but will be a good fun action movie. I know that there always negative things said on internet before the movie releases but people should judge the movie only after watching the whole movie not based on 2 minute trailer .I will watch it at any cost and i know there will lot of negative talk about avatar trailer will it be revolution or not i think it will be and also jackass people who don’t watch the trailer in 3d should shut up your ass

  • joe

    I am big fan of GI JOE i am going to watch it but my exceptation are not very high i know it will be not critically acclaimed but will be a good fun action movie. I know that there always negative things said on internet before the movie releases but people should judge the movie only after watching the whole movie not based on 2 minute trailer .I will watch it at any cost and i know there will lot of negative talk about avatar trailer will it be revolution or not i think it will be and also jackass people who don’t watch the trailer in 3d should shut up your ass

  • PastorLew

    Does GI Joe really work for the UN now?
    Is there really a pro-Obama agenda to the movie?
    Is Scarlett really CANADIAN now?
    Is GI Joe’s base in Saudi Arabia?
    Does everyone run around in Batman costumes?

    Judging by the TOYS, this movie will suck.

    It used to be all about the toys…sob.

  • PastorLew

    Does GI Joe really work for the UN now?
    Is there really a pro-Obama agenda to the movie?
    Is Scarlett really CANADIAN now?
    Is GI Joe’s base in Saudi Arabia?
    Does everyone run around in Batman costumes?

    Judging by the TOYS, this movie will suck.

    It used to be all about the toys…sob.

  • CL

    I found GI Joe enjoyable. Way better than Transformers 2 and IMO a better potential franchise (although not money-making wise) yes there’s bad acting, dialogue and bad CG at times but the movie is just over the top fun and it knows it. Channing Tatum does suck as Duke tho. Don’t believe the pre-hater hype and judge for yourself

  • CL

    I found GI Joe enjoyable. Way better than Transformers 2 and IMO a better potential franchise (although not money-making wise) yes there’s bad acting, dialogue and bad CG at times but the movie is just over the top fun and it knows it. Channing Tatum does suck as Duke tho. Don’t believe the pre-hater hype and judge for yourself

  • NORDS

    Man this site suck for video buffering. Is their a Youtube version of this interview????

  • NORDS

    Man this site suck for video buffering. Is their a Youtube version of this interview????

  • Pastor Lew

    Call me a “hater” if you will, but one thing you cannot refute:

    G.I. Joe is no longer the “Real American Hero”.

    If anything he’s the “Real U.N. Hero”.

    I was wrong about one thing though. “The Pitt” is now in Brussels, not Saudi.

    Can’t blame the movie either. Joe stopped being American during the Sigma 6 cartoons.

  • Pastor Lew

    Call me a “hater” if you will, but one thing you cannot refute:

    G.I. Joe is no longer the “Real American Hero”.

    If anything he’s the “Real U.N. Hero”.

    I was wrong about one thing though. “The Pitt” is now in Brussels, not Saudi.

    Can’t blame the movie either. Joe stopped being American during the Sigma 6 cartoons.

  • moises

    Please f’ing fire this director and never hire him so real movies go direct a video game or something small…now try to picture ya someone doin what thy did with the hulk agree that the first movie was complete crap and do a way better job on the 2nd one. PLEASE STOP WITH GI IRON MAN and get bakc to the basics. AND WHAT HAPPEN TO GI JOE A REAL AMEARICAN HERO!?!?!?!? CUZ THAT WHAT GI ARE REAL HEROS!!!!

  • moises

    Please f’ing fire this director and never hire him so real movies go direct a video game or something small…now try to picture ya someone doin what thy did with the hulk agree that the first movie was complete crap and do a way better job on the 2nd one. PLEASE STOP WITH GI IRON MAN and get bakc to the basics. AND WHAT HAPPEN TO GI JOE A REAL AMEARICAN HERO!?!?!?!? CUZ THAT WHAT GI ARE REAL HEROS!!!!

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