Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now playing in theaters. The sequel’s story finds the Joes disbanded and outnumbered as they must square off against not only the Cobras, but also threats within their own government. G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, D.J. Cotrona, Elodie Yung, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Stevenson, Walton Goggins, RZA and Adrianne Palicki. For more on the film, here’s clips, images, on set interviews, and all our previous coverage.
Last weekend, I sat down with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for an extended interview. Over the past few days we’ve posted what he said about Jack Ryan and Red 2, an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel American Assassin and the true story Deepwater Horizon. But that was just the tip of the iceberg, because we also talked about making G.I. Joe, the nine-minute dialogue-free action sequence featuring Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, the 3D post conversion, changes from the first film, the rumored reshoots, what it was like to film at NASA, how involved Hasbro is with the project, and what he’d like to see in G.I. Joe 3 if they make it. In addition, we also talked about how the collapsing home video market has changed the way movies are made, the lack of risk-taking with regards to the material that studios are choosing to make, the difficulty of selling sci-fi and the key to landing audience interest, whether he’s read any great scripts recently, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Though producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is best known for his huge tentpole films like the Transformers franchise and the G.I. Joe series, his resume is also filled out with more character-centric pics like Side Effects and Red. Steve recently spoke with di Bonaventura in anticipation of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and got updates from the producer on a number of upcoming projects, and today we’re sharing what the producer had to say about a couple of “smaller” films that he’s producing: an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel American Assassin and the true story Deepwater Horizon.
American Assassin tells the story of a college scholar and athelete who becomes a relentless anti-terrorism agent for the CIA, while Deepwater Horizon is a feature film based on the events of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster that killed 11 people and injured 16 others. Di Bonaventura gave an update on the progress of American Assassin and talked about his passion for Deepwater Horizon, which he likens to A Perfect Storm. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about these two projects as well as the hostage rescue film The Mission.
Summit Entertainment has tapped Ric Roman Waugh to direct a feature film based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster that occurred in April of 2010. Per Deadline, the film is titled Deepwater Horizon and is based on The New York Times article Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul. Scripted by Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin), the film will focus on the oil rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others. We’ll apparently see the minutes leading up to the explosion and the survivors’ attempt to stay alive.
Waugh has a long career as a stuntman on his resume, and previously directed 2008’s Felon. He’s currently filming his follow-up feature, Snitch, with Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon. No word on how soon Summit is hoping to get Deepwater Horizon into production, but Waugh will presumably be busy for quite some time with Snitch.