G.I. JOE 3 to be Written by Jonathan Lemkin

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News has been relatively quiet on Paramount’s G.I. Joe 3 lately, but now that the studio has brought screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin on board to pen the script, things should start moving right along.  The last we heard from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, they were in early talks with directors for the threequel and were negotiating with a writer to lock down the story.  Plot details are vague, but it’s expected to center on Dwayne Johnson’s character, Roadblock.  Adrianne Palicki and most of the cast of G.I. Joe: Retaliation are also expected to return.  Hit the jump for more on G.I. Joe 3.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks the Possibility of a TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE Crossover Movie; Says They Don’t Yet See the Advantage of the Idea

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Ever since it became clear that we would have both Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises at the multiplex, fans have been curious to see if a crossover movie would ever materialize.  After all, mixing and matching Transformers and G.I. Joe toys was a staple of many childhoods, and Hasbro is behind both feature film adaptations.  The former film series remains one of the more successful franchises in rotation, with Michael Bay’s fourth film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, poised to make a hefty amount at the box office as well.  As for G.I. Joe, a third film is now in the works with Dwayne Johnson at the center as Roadblock.

Steve recently sat down with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and he asked di Bonaventura (who produces both Transformers and G.I. Joe) if a crossover might ever happen.  The producer explained that there’s no need for a mash-up movie when both franchises are going strong on their own, but didn’t rule out the possibility in the far future.  More after the jump.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks G.I. JOE 3, New Characters, and More; Currently Meeting with Directors in Hopes of Filming by Early 2015

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Though many were rightfully skeptical of a movie based on a toyline, the Transformers franchise has become one of the highest grossing series of the last few years, with no signs of slowing down for the fourth installment.  The G.I. Joe series, on the other hand, has had a bit more trouble getting off the ground.  2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra grossed a so-so $302 million, and the series went through a semi-reboot with the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  The Jon M. Chu-directed second film fared better at the box office with $375 million worldwide, but there’s still the sense that the series hasn’t taken off just yet, so expectations are high for G.I. Joe 3.

Though we know that Chu is not returning to direct the next G.I. Joe film, movement on the pic has been fairly quiet the past few months.  Steve recently spoke with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and during the conversation di Bonaventura provided a status update on G.I. Joe 3.  The producer revealed they’re finalizing a deal with a screenwriter now and have just started meeting with directors, adding that he hopes to be shooting by February or March 2015.  Moreover, di Bonaventura discussed further expanding the role of Dwayne Johnson’s Roadblock and other new additions to the cast.  Read on after the jump.

RZA Talks BRICK MANSIONS, Meeting Luc Besson, How He Likes to Work as an Actor, Playing Blind Master in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, and More

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Opening this weekend is the action film Brick Mansions.  The movie is a remake of District B13 and stars Paul Walker as an undercover detective tracking down a drug dealer (RZA) who has stolen a weapon of mass destruction. The chase leads into the ghetto known as “Brick Mansions”, where he enlists help from Lino (David Belle), who knows the streets better than anyone and isn’t afraid of the drug dealers.  The film was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken).  For more on Brick Mansions watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with RZA.  He talked about how he got involved in the movie, meeting Besson, how he likes to work as an actor, if he was sad not to have more scenes with Belle, what it meant to play Blind Master in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

PSA and Images from COMMUNITY’s Upcoming Animated Episode, “G.I. Jeff”

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NBC comedy series Community has become known for quite a few things: paintball episodes, troublesome ratings, a rocksteady fan base, six seasons and a movie, and animated specials.  The genre-busting show dips into 80s cartoon nostalgia for their upcoming episode, “G.I. Jeff,” which reimagines the Greendale gang as characters animated in the style of G.I. Joe.  True to form, this episode comes with its own PSA, which the gung-ho cartoon series was quite (in)famous for doing.  Check out the PSA and a few images after the jump.  You can watch the full episode this Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm on NBC.

Dwayne Johnson Talks G.I. JOE 3; Says RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu Isn’t Coming Back but “We Would Love to Start Shooting in January”

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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu signing on to direct a Jem and the Holograms movie, the status of G.I. Joe 3 became uncertain.  Would Chu be able to direct both films?  Would he drop Joe for a different 80s property?  During a group interview with Johnson at CinemaCon for Hercules, he revealed Chu will not be back for the third installment and they’re currently looking for a director.

However, before you start to think the Joe franchise is entering development hell, Johnson revealed “the idea is that we would start shooting G.I. Joe in January, in the first quarter of next year. That’s the idea.”  While Chu did a great job with the second installment, there are plenty of directors in Hollywood that can handle this franchise.  Also, Paramount has been working on the screenplay for the 3rd installment for over six months, so I’d like to think they have some sort of idea where the franchise will go.  They can easily bring in a new director and have it going early next year.  With the second film making $375 million worldwide, it’s a safe bet the third installment is going to happen.  Hit the jump for Johnson’s quotes.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 50 Pictures of KRE-O New Additions from the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Lines

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Hasbro brought a wide variety of KRE-O newcomers to Toy Fair this year, representing characters from the Transformers franchise as well as G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons.

Hasbro is clearly ramping things up for the June 27, 2014 release of Transformers: Age of Extinction because those characters were easily the most striking of the bunch.  The display included all 24 unique Kreon figures inspired by the movie as well as the Kreon Micro Changers Combiners assortments, four-figure sets that unite to form one larger robot.  The G.I. Joe line-up showed off loads of new Kreon characters including Lowlight, Atomic Man, Lady Jaye, Scrap-Iron, Night Creeper and loads more as well as the extensive Terror Drome building set.  And as for Dungeons & Dragons, that brand new line rocks 75 different Kreon characters as well as a number of other play elements all designed to reflect the experience of the fantasy game by facilitating competitive action battling.  Catch our images of all three lines after the jump.

Director Jon M. Chu Talks JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE, Comparing Concert Tours to Feature Films, G.I. JOE 3, RUN, MATCHED, and More

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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. 

Adrianne Palicki Looks Back at Starring in the Failed WONDER WOMAN Pilot; Will Return to Play Lady Jaye in G.I. JOE 3

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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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G.I. JOE 3 to be Penned by Evan Daugherty

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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.

Jon M. Chu Talks G.I. JOE 3, the Script, Release Date, New Joes, and Much More; Says Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

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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.

Byung-hun Lee Talks RED 2, Action Scenes, What He Collects, G.I. JOE, and More

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Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2 is now in theaters.  The follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team must work to track down a missing nuclear device.  For more on the film, watch these six clips and the trailer.  Red 2 also stars John MalkovichMary-Louise ParkerCatherine Zeta-JonesByung-hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins.

At the recent New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lee .  He talked about filming the action scenes, what he collects, what it means to be part of G.I. Joe and Red, who he was most excited to work with, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jon M. Chu Returning to Direct G.I. JOE 3

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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.

Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg Talk PAIN AND GAIN, G.I. JOE 3, and the Prospect of a G.I. JOE/ TRANSFORMERS Crossover

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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 ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen 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.

Dwayne Johnson Talks G.I. JOE 3; Says They’ll Use the 3D Platform “in Even Better Ways”

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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.

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