Whether it’s the G.I. Joe films, the Step Up franchise, Justin Bieber documentaries or the web series The LXD, director Jon M. Chu brings a stunning visual style to all of his work. In the latest Justin Bieber documentary Believe, the 19-year-old is both unfiltered and brutally honest. Including brand new interviews with the pop star, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never-before-seen concert footage and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Jon M. Chu talked about what he wanted to achieve with this new Bieber documentary, how his motivation was to show the pop star as a human being, whether he thinks Bieber will ultimately take the right path, how being the creative director of a concert tour compares to directing films, where his creative inspiration came from, growing up, and how many more Bieber documentaries there could be. He also talked about what made him want to direct G.I. Joe 3, how they’re in the middle of designing and creating the world right now and writing the script, with a goal to start shooting in 2014, how he loves getting feedback and input from fans, what ultimately made him drop out of directing Masters of the Universe, and how he’d like to be able to direct two movies a year. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A couple years ago, David E. Kelley (The Practice) attempted to launch a Wonder Woman series for NBC, and what we saw looked unimpressive to say the least, although two people who saw the pilot were mixed on the result. All I can say is that the costume looked laughably cheap (NBC changed it after the negative reaction from fans), and it didn’t bode well for the series. However, Adrianne Palicki wasn’t a terrible choice for the role at least in terms of her physique and ability to do stunts. In a recent interview, Palicki talked about the chance to play the famous superhero, and why she’s a little grateful the show didn’t get picked up.
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It was only about a month ago that director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) said they were “narrowing down the writer” for G.I. Joe 3. It seems that search is over as Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) has been tapped to pen the script. Daugherty has landed some potentially massive properties lately (aside from Killing Season), writing for the upcoming Divergent adaptation and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
Paramount’s Joe films have both made north of $300 million worldwide, even if their critical receptions weren’t quite so welcoming. Chu will return to the director’s chair for the third installment and stars Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson are expected to return. No release date has been set for the film just yet.
With G.I. Joe: Retaliation now available on VOD and hitting Blu-ray/DVD next week, I was able to sit down with director Jon M. Chu last weekend for an exclusive video interview. However, with Chu returning to direct G.I. Joe 3, I used a lot of my time talking about the next installment and what fans can expect. Some of the highlights he told me were:
- Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson are returning.
- The release date is still being figured out.
- Regarding the script, they’re currently “narrowing down the writer.”
- On Retaliation, they learned that fans were okay with stretching things a little further, so now they can “double down on the adventure part of this movie.” He cautions that they won’t go sci-fi, but they can “push the boundaries of the world a bit more.”
- They’re not sure if they’re going to shoot in 3D and/or IMAX, but everything’s on the table. Says there are some benefits to post-converting.
- They learned on Retaliation that it’s hard to have a lot of characters, but it would be fun to see some new Joes joining the team.
- I asked if he ever thought about combining the worlds of Transformers and G.I. Joe since they’re both owned by Hasbro. Says he would love to, as long as the reality of their worlds matches.
In addition to the highlights above, Chu talked a lot about what’s on the Retaliation Blu-ray, the legacy of G.I. Joe and how they can incorporate some of those things in the third film, working with Hasbro, Masters of the Universe, what he collects, and how he wants to hear from the fans regarding what they want to see in the third installment. If you’re a G.I. Joe fan, I think you’ll really enjoy the interview. Watch it after the jump.
While a sequel to this year’s sequel/reboot G.I. Joe: Retaliation was announced before that film’s opening weekend was even officially over, it looks like Paramount is only just now getting around to hiring a director for G.I. Joe 3. A new report has surfaced announcing that Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is making a deal with Paramount and MGM to return and direct the next installment of the franchise. Chu—whose previous filmography was filled with dance-centric pics like Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never—successfully retooled the G.I. Joe franchise with Retaliation, despite the fact that the film was postponed at the last minute in order to needlessly post-convert the pic to 3D. Hit the jump for more on the follow-up.
Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.
Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Johnson and Wahlberg. We talked about how the craziest stuff is true, the way they prepared for the role, whether they were nervous to play these characters, collaborating with Michael Bay, future projects like Ted 2, Hercules, G.I. Joe 3, and more. In addition, I asked Wahlberg if we can get Johnson walking around in the background of Transformers 4 so that there can eventually be a G.I. Joe/Transformers movie. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Though 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a sizeable success at the box office, Paramount decided to retool their approach to the franchise with this year’s sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The studio’s secret weapon for the follow-up was Dwayne Johnson, who has quickly become a kind of “human steroid injection” for film franchises in need of a punch-up (see also: Fast Five and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Johnson took the lead this time around as Roadblock, and the result was an impressive $40.5 million opening weekend with a worldwide total currently sits at a little over $270 million. Understandably, Paramount officially greenlit yet another G.I. Joe sequel mere days after Retaliation opened in theaters.
Steve recently spoke with Johnson in anticipation of Michael Bay’s upcoming black comedy Pain & Gain, and the actor talked briefly about the preliminary plans for G.I. Joe 3. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened to the second-biggest Easter weekend box office, so it looks like the Joes and Cobra are going to live to duke it out another day. According to Variety, Paramount has greenlit G.I. Joe 3. While a third G.I. Joe wasn’t in too much doubt, announcing the sequel the Sunday after Retaliation‘s release is a big vote of confidence from the studio rather than a “Let’s wait to see how well it does on DVD.”
There are no other details about the third installment other than the obvious assumption that it will be in 3D. Hopefully, they won’t clear the board again when it comes to the cast, and hold on to Dwayne Johnson as their charming and charismatic protagonist. Hit the jump for what producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is considering for G.I. Joe 3.
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.