Rumor – Martin Campbell on the short list to direct G.I. Joe 3

Take this with a heavy dose of salt, but according to SchmoesKnow.com, the producer of G.I. Joe 3, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has expressed serious interest in bringing Martin Campbell in to direct the third installment of the G.I. Joe film franchise. There has been some question about Jon Chu’s involvement over the past few months, and with him currently deep into the sequel of Now You See Mee, it would appear that Paramount is preparing to move in a different direction.

Keep in mind, this is far from a done deal, and in fact this seems to just be a “wish list” item and not even an actual contract signature, but it certainly has some interesting elements to it.

On the one hand, Campbell directed Green Lantern, one of the more ill-advised comic book films to come out in recent years, but some might argue that wasn’t the fault of the directing. I couldn’t say one way or the other, I could only sit through about twenty minutes of it.

However, on the other hand, Campbell was also in the director’s chair for the most seminal James Bond film of the past twenty years, Casino Royale. That movie propelled Daniel Craig to super star status and completely reinvented the James Bond brand. Those two films seem like such polar opposites I have a hard time wrapping my head around this rumor.

Time will tell. Head over to SchmoesKnow.com for the full story.

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SmallJoes.com News Update – * Big restock loose GI JOE 25th Anniv. + Marvel sale *

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

I was hoping to get this published last week, but time was not on my side.  But better late than never.

Hama and Gallant once again dive into the classic Real American Hero world, yet manage to bring some new things to the table.  Are they all good?  I’m not 100% convinced, but I’m willing to buckle up and take the ride.

Click the Read More link below to check out the full review.

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Merger talks between Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation cooled off?

A few short days after initial reports hinted at a potential merger between Hasbro and DreamWorks animation, the latest word is that those talks have come to an end. According to the New York Times, a dip in stock prices and internal pressure from Disney may have contributed to the deal falling apart.

It’s not especially surprising giving Hasbro’s deep relationship with the Mouse, being the primary licensor for many of their action figure brands, not to mention just recently sweeping the princess license away from Mattel. Disney is a very powerful voice in the industry and not one you want to be on the wrong side of.

It’s tough to say exactly what the combined forces of Hasbro and DreamWorks might have meant for the G.I. Joe brand, and now it appears we’ll never find out. Get more details at the New York Times.

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Potential merger in the works for Hasbro, but it’s not who you think…

Ever since Disney swept in and more or less consumed the Marvel and Star Wars brands (two toys long linked to Hasbro contracts) the rumors began that a merger between Hasbro and Disney was more or less inevitable.

Well, as many suspected, rumors have emerged today of a Hasbro merger with a large scale animation company. But it’s not Disney.

According to Deadline.com (a very reputable and accurate Hollywood rumor source) Hasbro is in talks with DreamWorks Animation on a potential landscape-shifting deal that could help solidify their entertainment brand. Of course by solidify, I mean likely solidify it in second place compared to what Disney is doing and has been doing. Heck, maybe even third behind Disney and Pixar.

I suppose looking at this logistically, it makes a bit of sense. Stephen Spielberg has been working alongside Michael Bay from time to time on the Transformers films, and has a stake in DreamWorks, although one might say his links to Disney & Lucasfilm properties are even stronger.

What this may mean for Hasbro as an entertainment brand is anyone’s guess, but if nothing else, it’ll make things interesting, especially when it comes to toy contracts. As the primary action figure licensee for many Disney properties (including Marvel, Star Wars, and the newly acquired Disney princess license) it seems odd that they would become partnered with one of Disney’s animation rivals. But stranger things have happened in corporate America.

Check out the full details at Deadline.com and stay tuned!

Previews for IDW G.I. Joe ARAH #208 and Volume 10 TPB

Tomorrow brings us a couple of nice visits to the old school Real American Hero universe courtesy of Larry Hama, SL Gallant, and many other talented folks. Both the latest issue of Real American Hero as well as the collected Volume 10 should be out tomorrow and below you can see some previews!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #208

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE’s operation in Dublin continues, with the team blazing forward with a mind to avenge their fallen comrade. But when they discover the truth of what PALE PEONY and JINX have been investigating, G.I. JOE will have to make some tough calls and take tougher actions to stop the malevolent Revanche Corporation.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, Vol. 10

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With COBRA on the run and the Pit in shambles, DUKE leads the team into a brave new era, as new teams are formed and G.I. JOE finds another base of operations. Plus, TORPEDO leads a dangerous rescue mission in Olliestan.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-154-1

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• Collects issues #201–205!

Happy Honda Days with Jem and G.I. Joe just because

I actually saw a Happy Honda Days commercial with Skeletor yesterday morning and thought it was pretty hilarious, but immediately wondered why the He-Man villain got top billing over some of the Hasbro cast of characters. Well, as of last night, I no longer had to wonder, as another Happy Honda Days commercial was posted to YouTube, this time featuring Jem and … of course… G.I. Joe!

The commercial was focused on the 12″ guys, but it’s still awesome. The G.I. Joe and Barbie trope is quite thoroughly abused, so at least the G.I. Joe and Jem mix up stays in house.

Check out the video below and thanks to skinny for the heads up.

Darkness Falls Episode 34 – Old Scores is online

The G.I. Joe team has finally reached the Cobra Command Center, but they find some tough resistance in the form of Cobra’s Crimson Guard!  The battle is joined and already bodies are falling on both sides…  plus, a dramatic reunion that could shift the landscape of battle!

Check out the Darkness Falls section or click the link below.

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