Exclusive: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks G.I. JOE, Jack Ryan, Red and ASTEROIDS

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A few days ago I attended the New York City press junket for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While there, I got to speak with some of the cast, director Stephen Sommers and producer Lorenzo de Bonaventura. While I’ve already spoken to Lorenzo a lot about “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers“, you can never go wrong asking a few more questions as he producers a lot of other movies.

So after the first few questions on “G.I. Joe” and “Giant Robots That Like to Punch Each Other in the Face”, I asked him about some of his upcoming projects and he told me the status on Jack Ryan, “Red”, and also why he wanted to make an “Asteroids” movie. Take a look after the jump:

Lorenzo de Bonaventura

  • I mention how much I liked the film
  • He talks about the challenges of brining G.I. Joe to the screen
  • What is it about Transformers and Joe that makes them so good as movies
  • Does he get calls from everyone who makes toys saying their product could be a good movie
  • I ask what he is developing right now. Says Jack Ryan, Red, and Asteroids.
  • Talks about why he wanted to do Asteroids and when Red might be filming




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  • Keith Partridge

    I’m excited for GI Joe to be everything Transformers failed to be. Self aware mindless action and popcorn fun NOT directed by Michael Bay. And less than two and half hours. Someone forgot to tell Michael Bay that he’s not Chris Nolan.

  • Keith Partridge

    I’m excited for GI Joe to be everything Transformers failed to be. Self aware mindless action and popcorn fun NOT directed by Michael Bay. And less than two and half hours. Someone forgot to tell Michael Bay that he’s not Chris Nolan.

  • Fredo Rodriguez

    I am sad to say that the G.I.Joe movie was not good at all.
    The way it was edited was terrible. It was super cheesy and one thing that really bugs me is what Mr. Bonaventura said…he said they were trying to do things that hadn’t been done before in an action movie.
    I’m sorry sir but the seen with the suits was very much like a seen in the 1st Transformers movie and not to spoil the movie but , there was a seen that felt like I was watching the first Star Wars movie. I’m sorry,maybe be I’m just really upset because I had such high hopes for this franchise. To be honest…I hope there isn’t a sequel,although if there is I’m sure I will go see it. Anything from this point can only be an improvement.

    • argggq

      Fredo it’s SCENE not SEEN!!! This is GI JOE, i’m sure this movie is just a guilty pleasure just like the MAJORITY of summer blockbusters. Who cares what anyone thinks, Hollywood has proved that to be a top movie all you need is mindless action and a lack of a decent plot.

  • Fredo Rodriguez

    I am sad to say that the G.I.Joe movie was not good at all.
    The way it was edited was terrible. It was super cheesy and one thing that really bugs me is what Mr. Bonaventura said…he said they were trying to do things that hadn’t been done before in an action movie.
    I’m sorry sir but the seen with the suits was very much like a seen in the 1st Transformers movie and not to spoil the movie but , there was a seen that felt like I was watching the first Star Wars movie. I’m sorry,maybe be I’m just really upset because I had such high hopes for this franchise. To be honest…I hope there isn’t a sequel,although if there is I’m sure I will go see it. Anything from this point can only be an improvement.

    • argggq

      Fredo it’s SCENE not SEEN!!! This is GI JOE, i’m sure this movie is just a guilty pleasure just like the MAJORITY of summer blockbusters. Who cares what anyone thinks, Hollywood has proved that to be a top movie all you need is mindless action and a lack of a decent plot.

  • tomc

    GI Joe was awful. All you need to know is it was made by the same guy who made Van Helsing and Mummy 2. When you’ve had enough of stupid explosions there’s still 40 minutes left, and it starts feeling like a sensory torture experiment. Stephen Sommers is just Michael Bay without the masturbation jokes.

  • tomc

    GI Joe was awful. All you need to know is it was made by the same guy who made Van Helsing and Mummy 2. When you’ve had enough of stupid explosions there’s still 40 minutes left, and it starts feeling like a sensory torture experiment. Stephen Sommers is just Michael Bay without the masturbation jokes.

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    “Stephen Sommers is just Michael Bay without the masturbation jokes.”

    Totally agree here Tom. Just can't help but compare the two. :D

  • http://www.howtostopmasturbating.com/steps-to-stop-masturbating/ stop jerking off

    “Stephen Sommers is just Michael Bay without the masturbation jokes.”

    Totally agree here Tom. Just can't help but compare the two. :D

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