Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes are locked in battle atop a snowy cold mountain. Somehow Storm Shadow has gotten the upper hand and he’s got Snake Eyes pinned to the ground. Try as he might, Snake Eyes can’t escape. While they’ve battled many times, they’re always equally matched, and it’s hard for either to get the upper hand. But not this time. On this day, it looks like Strom Shadow is finally going to win. But as he applies even more force with seething anger in his eyes, all of a sudden, Jinx appears from behind and she’s got some sort of breathing device that she puts on his nose and mouth, and a second later, Storm Shadow falls unconscious. I then hear director Jon M. Chu call cut.
But let me back up a second.
When G.I. Joe: Retaliation was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters. While there we got to watch a ton of filming, see some footage, and speak with Chu, Byung-Hun Lee (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Elodie Yung (Jinx), Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), DJ Cotrona (Flint), and Ray Stevenson (Firefly), and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Hit the jump for more.
With director Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe: Retaliation opening June 29, Paramount has been amping up the promotional campaign by debuting a ton of character posters and a great looking trailer. As a fan of the first film, I’ll admit the sequel looks even better and it’s rocking a great cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and D.J. Cotrona.
At this year’s CinemaCon, I got to speak with Adrianne Palicki (Lafy Jaye) and D.J. Cotrona (Flint). They talked about their reaction to the new trailer and five-minute sizzle reel, the tone of the film, the action, and more. In addition, with the Red Dawn remake getting released later this year, I asked Palicki is she had seen the finished film. Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve got a set of action-packed images for your enjoyment today. Rather than bore you with a wordy introduction, I’ll just get right to the pertinent details:
- The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field, opens July 3rd.
- Directed by Jon Chu, G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and Ray Park. The Joe sequel opens June 29th.
- Sylvester Stallone’s sequel, The Expendables 2, stars Stallone, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Chuck Norris, all of whom can be seen on these sweet character posters. The Simon West-directed film opens August 17th.
Hit the jump to check out the new images.
With director Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe: Retaliation opening June 29, Paramount and Hasbro are starting to amp up the promotion of the movie by releasing a great new trailer and by having some of the cast (Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona) talk about the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Prior to doing the interviews, I got to watch an impressive five minute sizzle reel and the new trailer with a group of reporters. If you were disappointed with the first G.I. Joe movie, the sequel looks to be a big improvement, as it’s going for a more real world approach while still trying to be a fun action movie. Also, with the majority of the Joe’s possibly getting killed in the first ten minutes (which is why it’s called Retaliation), the sequel could almost be considered a reboot. The sequel also stars Bruce Willis, Channning Tatum, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Elodie Yung, and Walton Goggins. Hit the jump for more.
It’s easy to get overshadowed with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises crowding the spotlight, but G.I. Joe: Retaliation has more than enough might to muscle their way in. In these new character images, we get a look at our favorite Joes in action, including the original Joe (Bruce Willis). In this sequel directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D), the Joes are decimated by a Cobra attack that leaves only a few of the good guys standing. The remaining Joes must band together to take down the evil organization. G.I. Joe: Retaliation also stars Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson and D.J. Cotrona. Hit the jump to check out the new images.
Bruce Willis is in negotiations with Paramount to join the cast of G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. If the deal goes through, Heat Vision reports that Willis will take on the role of General Joe Colton, the man responsible for forming the original strike team in the comics (hence the name). Although I have little knowledge of the comics or Joe’s portrayal in them (a statement that probably negates my next line), I can’t help but feel as if Willis would be a piece of perfect casting for the part. He has the action/adventure chops needed to make the character believable without sacrificing the element of fun I remember gathering from the original cartoon.
If Willis joins, he will take part in a cast that already includes Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson (who is playing the villain Firefly), Adrianne Palicki, Lee Byung-hun, D.J. Cotrona, and Ray Park. Jon Chu (Never Say Never) is directing the pic for Paramount. G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation will begin shooting in New Orleans later this month with its June 29, 2012 release date in mind.
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.
Back in February, Paramount Pictures handed over the reins of its sequel to 2009′s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra to director Jon Chu. Given that his most recent directorial efforts (the last two installments in the Step Up franchise and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) are predominantly dance-driven, Chu may seem like a less than obvious choice to lead the action-packed material G.I. Joe 2 will undoubtedly contain. Aesthetics aside, in a recent interview the director addressed several questions regarding his take on the film, including the hesitation some may have towards his involvement, saying:
“So going into this, of course they’re going to have their opinions. But I don’t think they’ve heard my voice yet in movies…I’ll never claim to be the greatest auteur of all time and I’ll never claim to know exactly what I am doing, but I know I love movies. And when people cheer when the hero comes on and boo when the villain comes on, there’s an energy that I love about that. And Joe, to me, it’s just natural extension of the symbol of a hero.”
To check out more of what Chu had to say regarding the film’s overall progress, shooting it in 3D, and playing with G.I. Joe toys as a kid, hit the jump. Paramount will release the G.I. Joe sequel on August 10th, 2012.
Last week we reported F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) were the leading candidates to direct the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Well, it looks like Paramount and Hasbro have made their selection and it’s going to be Chu. While his name might surprise you as you’d think bigger name directors might want to take on the property, Chu is apparently a big fan of Joe and with Never Say Never making great money for Paramount (already over $50 million), the studio felt he was the right man for the job. For more on the story and how the studio might be recasting some of the main roles, hit the jump:
F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) are reportedly among the leading candidates to helm the as-of-yet-untitled sequel to 2009′s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Per Heat Vision, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura of Paramount has recently met with a slew of directors regarding the flick, with Gary and Chu emerging as frontrunners for the gig. It is believed that the studio is aiming at a summer 2012 release for the sequel (which is being penned by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick), meaning a director will most likely be named sooner rather than later.
As for the two candidates, Gray has a stronger action background given his work with Paramount on 2003′s The Italian Job as well as helming projects such as The Negotiator and A Man Apart. For Chu’s part, in addition to his recent exploration into everything Justin Bieber-related, the director has also lead the last two installments in Disney’s Step Up franchise. So, as it stands, both candidates have experience working with a major studio…and that’s about where the similarities end. As mentioned earlier, look for more news regarding the director’s chair for the G.I. Joe sequel in the near future. [Note: My original article failed to mention that our friends over at Latino Review broke this news initially - with an additional name included in the mix, Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. All apologies, LR!]