Exclusive G.I. JOE 2 Update: Starts Filming This August in New Orleans and It’s Not in 3D

     May 19, 2011


With G.I. Joe 2 getting released next summer – specifically on August 10, 2012 – you had to figure that filming would begin in the near future.  After all, Paramount has already hired director Jon Chu (the last two installments in the Step Up franchise and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) to replace original Joe director Stephen Sommers and we’ve also heard that only Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke) will be reprising their roles from the first film.

With news rather quiet since those announcements, I did some digging and heard a few things about the sequel.  It seems that filming is set to begin in the middle of August and unlike the first film which primarily shot in Los Angeles, the sequel will be filming in New Orleans.  In addition, while Chu had been talking about doing the Joe sequel in 3D, I’ve been told they will not be shooting in 3D and they also will not post convert to 3D.  Meaning G.I. Joe 2 will be released in good old fashioned 2D.  More after the jump.

jon-chu-imageAbout a month ago, Chu talked about getting hired to do G.I. Joe 2.  At the time he said:

“We’re just beginning it. We just got the deal done, so now I get to get my hands dirty; this is the fun part, where we get to do pre-vis, to design characters, design worlds and literally the things I would create in my backyard.”

When asked directly about his feelings toward shooting the film in 3D, the director showed support for the technology, saying:

“I really want to do it in 3D, but the decision hasn’t been made yet. A lot of factors that go into that, which I think it’s good to have a big discussion about. I think it’s going to be perfect for it, but there are other factors that are built into it—how it slows you down, things like that. But I could try some other things if it wasn’t in 3D; it would change my whole view of how I would make this movie, so we’re trying to figure it out.”

At the time, it sounded like 3D was a real possibility.  But for whatever reason, I’ve been told the film will not be shooting in 3D and not post converting.  As someone who thinks 3D is great when done right, I’m happy they’ve made the decision this early and now 3D won’t be a distraction.

On a similar note, last night I got to see some of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon (here’s my thoughts and video blog).  After seeing the way he painted his canvas using 3D cameras to help tell the story, it’s once again got me excited about the technology.  But if Hollywood keeps releasing horrible post converted movies, I’m going to sour to the format permanently.

3D or not, as one of the people who really liked the first G.I. Joe movie, I’m hoping Chu is going to do a great job with his first big studio movie.  And as far as additional casting, I’m sure over the next month or two we’re going to hear plenty of casting news.  More as we get it.

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  • Michael

    That’s good news they’re staying away from 3D. But I’m hoping that only focusing on those three characters (Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Duke) will work out.

    I will also miss Sienna Miller and Rachel McNichols as the Baroness and Scarlett, respectively.

    • Michael

      Also, I hope they make Storm Shadow look more like a traditional ninja, albeit a white ninja, more similar to the 1980s cartoon character than what was in the previous G.I. Joe movie.

  • Strong Enough


    nah i have never even seen a 3D movie

  • Ruari

    Any speculation as to what the sequel’s story will be about, considering the only confirmed three to reprise their characters from the first are Byung-hun’s Storm Shadow, Park’s Snake Eyes, and Tatum’s Duke? I too found the first to be not-as-bad as it could have been, but I stay far from calling it a great movie.

  • Dogg

    Seems just as few months ago everyone was saying crap like, “the post conversion process has progress to the point it’s just as good or even better…yaddah, yaddah, yaddah”. Boy did that meme die fast. I’m glad to see the 3D consortium starting to crack. If GI Joe can’t push this garbage it’s days are numbered.*

    *permanent exception for James Cameron.

  • chris

    this film will be crap without the original cobra commander, JGL.

    • fizzyornotfizzy

      serously i dont understand why they wouldnt bring back the only redeeming part of the movie: JGL.

      • KratosRevenge

        Thank you! For that reason alone I probably won’t watch this.

  • Kim

    This sequal shoulde be cool, plus I read the are bringing new charecters like Jinx hopfully played by Devon Aoki from sin city and Road Block hopfully played by sexy Shad Gaspard from WWE

    • Daniel Crane

      Devon Aoki was cool in sin city.

      Shad as Road Block? I can see that, “gi joe, gi joe, yeah, yeah!”

      • Khanh Ho

        The wrestler was the only one I saw out of the audition process who looked the part of a GI Joe. Better a young fresh face rather than a 40yr old known actor. My only concern is his acting ability, having the look is only one part of the equation.

  • Hunter D.

    Darn. Chu is the only director not named Cameron who I think made a 3D movie worth the extra charge. Screw you guys, Step Up 3D was A-grade entertainment.

  • Daniel Crane

    Thank God I’m Tired of 3D.

    Who are they casting?

  • CountMeInn

    It’s too bad not more people are returning. I expected the first movie to be hot crap on a stick, but I actually ended up really enjoying it. I think the entire crew should be proud of that movie.

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  • kara

    you can’t do a sequel with only those 3 actors!!!???? thats STUPID!

    Where’s Sienna Miller!!???? come on!!!

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  • Enigmatic

    As a kid who grew up watching G.I. JOE I was looking forward to the first one and thought it wound up being pretty crappy. I would be willing to give the next one a shot if they could get rid of Channing Tatum. He’s easily one of the worst actors working now.

    • Khanh Ho

      If they cant replace him, the can surround him with better actors, a better script, and fresh faces to make up for his lacking ability’s.

  • Ian

    Anybody know why Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t in it? Did he ask for too much?

    • Khanh Ho

      The embarrassment of portraying the worst character he has ever played was too much for him.

  • Khanh Ho

    Un like most I’m not going to judge this movie before it comes out. So far what I have read on line about the film I have had mixed feeling

    1.Have a young director helm the film whose biggest film is Justin Bieber doesn’t make me feel un EZ.

    2.Only 3 original cast member returning could be a blessing or a curs seeing how the first one was crap.

    3.JGL not returning as Cobra commander dos make me feel un EZ, but he needs to be replaced by a good actor.

    4.Adding new characters, this is a good Idea BC no named actor will become the characters and we don’t see Keanu Reeves trying to be Shipwreck.

    5.Bringing in talent from other medias is a good idea, but the UK X Factor winner looks like a douche bag, Lethal Weapon 4 guy a punk, and the wrestler looks the part I just hope he can act.

    6.Not going 3D helps a lot to keep to that non-kiddy look I hope we see in this film.

    All in all there are some good spots and bad in the making of this film. I just hope Chu can see them.

    • stephenie

      I agree with all your points, having a more adult script will make this film watchable, and surrounding Tattum with good actors and fresh faces can go a long way to us forgetting about the first film.

      PS. The X Factor Guy is Shayne Ward, a UK singer, he is horrible to fans. The wwe wrestler guy is Shad Gaspard, a former tag team champion, I can see him as Heavy Duty.

  • Omnimorph

    Really? The 1st one was terrible, Terrible as in the worst film I’ve ever had to endure. TERRIBLE.

    EXEC1 “I think what we need in G.I. is a little more Step Up, and maybe some Justin Bieber, and lots more Tatum with his shirt off. Who could steer this project in that direction I wonder.”

    ASSIST “I have Marc Web on line 2 for you.”

  • Jex

    I wouldn’t want to look at crap up close either.

  • Dane

    they need to put Josh Dumahel as Flint, And bring in the Dreadnoks. Vinny Jones as Monkeywrench!!!

    • Dane

      and Triple H as Cutter

      • Lara

        Dear Gawd NO! I’m just starting to like the idea of Crime Time Shad as Roadblock, and thats only bc he’s a good looking black guy. Last thing gi joe needs is a balding triple H ;-P

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  • Rose

    All things considered, the first movie wasn’t that bad when it came to adapting a 80′s cartoon for a live action. Right now I’m just hoping they drop the rubber molded lips. That was almost as bad as the earilier Batman movies and their “anatomicaly correct” rubber suits.

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    they should introduce the dredknotz in the new g.i joe movie j/s tht`ll be sweet………….

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  • blake

    The rock dewayne Johnson is in it can’t wait to c how it goes