Dwayne Johnson Says G.I. JOE 2 Will Be Shooting New Scenes to Take Advantage of 3D

     May 24, 2012

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Yesterday, we reported that G.I. Joe: Retaliation would be moving all the way back to March 29, 2013 so the film could undergo a 3D post-conversion.  The news came as a shock considering the film was only a month away, and Paramount had already sunk millions of dollars into marketing the blockbuster.  So will it be worth it?  According to Dwayne Johnson, who plays Roadblock, “It will be.”  Responding on Twitter follower @JimmyinGA, Johnson said the production was “Designing new scenes to enhance 3D.”  Translation: re-shoots.

Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, D.J. Cotrona, and Bruce Willis.

gi-joe-2-retaliation-movie-image-snake-eyesI know plenty of people who were excited for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but it was mainly from a dumb-fun standpoint.  No one was expecting a genuinely great film like The Avengers, but there was the potential for a damn enjoyable time with the Joe sequel.  However, the “need” for a 3D post-conversion is deeply troubling because it feels like a smoke-screen for extensive re-shoots.

The potential financial benefit of 3D will be negated by the need to re-market the movie, and convince confused audiences to come to a film that was supposed to be released the previous summer.  One could argue that Paramount saw the massive box office The Hunger Games garnered this past March, but The Hunger Games‘ gross had barely anything to do with the month or the lack of competition.  It mostly had to do with the movie being called “The Hunger Games”, and the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is no Hunger Games.

Perhaps these re-shoots will make for a better movie, but the post-conversion and new scenes now carry the burden of delivering a great film where a simply good one would have likely sufficed.

Here’s the synopsis for G.I. Joe: Retaliation:

A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.



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  • Tommy Girl

    i don’t think anyone cares

    • Tey

      Well said.

  • mattedscreen

    “Translation: re-shoots” = the movie sucks and they need to try and make it less sucky…in 3D, so the suckness will pop out and gouge you in the eyes, so you’ll scream “God this movie sucks!”

    • Tim25

      I agree 100%. Once I read the story about the delay, I knew rumors of reshoots would not be far behind. In my opinion 3D conversion is being used as a smokescreen to cover up what is most likely a below average action film. If it really is about the conversion, then who was the idiot who didn’t plan ahead for 3D and will this person have a job beyond Memorial Day weekend?

  • Underground Anthem TX

    This is nothing short of an absolute embarrassment. My prediction: we don’t see this next year in multiplexes, we see it on Blu-ray.

    It seems every wrong decision was made in regards to this production. Not deciding on 3D at the outset, relegating Channing Tatum, the main protagonist of ‘RISE’ and one of the hottest actors at the moment, to a freaking cameo, etc.

    Say what you will about Stephen Sommers and ‘RISE’, but at least the guy put out a decent product and didn’t muff the landing. John Chu– Step Up 5 is waiting for you.

    • Sajorij

      Actually, I suspect that this nine month delay mainly serves for bringing Tatum back into the game. He’s been super succesful with both The Vow and Jump Street and the guys at Paramount just got scared expecting another box office disaster. It was ill-advised to cut him off from number 2 in the first place and now that he’s a star, they finally realized it too. 3D conversion doesn´t take 9 months to make, no matter how many new shots they’re planning.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        No doubt, part of this delay is extensive re-shoots needing to be done because of terrible test screenings. But I’m not sure how much of that will involve Tatum. You’re talking about not just re-shoots, but extensive re-writes having to be done at that point. And, what about Tatum’s availability? He’s an actor in demand– he might not be available for re-shoots.


    • Ray

      What is funny is that channing tatum wanted out. According to E! he only would have sign on if they reduce his screen time then studio decide to kill him off then. Fast forward he is now Star and they shooting themselves in the foot. apparently in test screening people were upset because he died.

  • Max

    Couldn’t they just release the 2D version on its original date and then release the 3D version in March, similar to Avatar’s Special Edition cut that was released 9 or so months ahead of the original?

    • Aorta

      Yea but if it sucks in 2D then no one is gonna pay to see it in 3D.

    • Underground Anthem TX

      Max- Those type of ‘encore plays’, such as the extended Avatar edition, is typically only done with a hit movie that has proven at the box office. Say they release the 2D version and it absolutely sucks; NO ONE is going to pay to see it again just b/c it’s in 3D.

      They should have pushed the flick to late August 2012; that would have given them plenty of time to do the 3D post-conversion, and it would release in the very same window that the first G.I. Joe had success in.

      • Max

        Good thing I still have an alternative suggestion – release it in 2D first, and long after the DVD and Blu-Ray come, release a 3D Director’s Cut on Blu-Ray.

      • NPThirteen

        It’s being released in late August in the UK, so I don’t know why they’ve ignored that idea.

  • chuck

    This is a complete lose, lose for the studio. No way around that. A stunning move!

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  • Spock Jenkins

    I don’t understand….the film looked great judging by the trailers. Where did the news of bad test screenings come from?

  • mattinacan

    this movie looked bad from the start, this is not surprising a renter at best

  • Aaronsullivan

    If they are going to try and make a better and more successful movie, any complaining is about not getting a worse movie sooner. A little weird.

    Somebody thought remarketing was worth the risk so they know something we don’t.

    The Channing Tatum theory might not be too far off. Test audiences may have pinpointed a couple key aspects that are fixable. I don’t know. I probably wouldn’t have made it out to see this one amongst the other big guys, but in March? Maybe.

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