Quite awhile ago, we had the unique opportunity to interview a couple of the guys from the Hot Toys Podcast, and while it took us a little while to get this posted (apologies Jim and Eamon) with G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock on the precipice of release, it seems apt to get this out there now.
Along with talking with those fine folks, we cover all of the G.I. Joe news and information, and even touch on the big “NO JOES in 2014″ topic that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head over the past week.
As always, hit up Podbean or check out the embedded player below, and show notes are after the jump.
The end of G.I. Joe: Retaliation left it a little dubious as to which side Storm Shadow was truly on, even though the film ends with him shaking hands with his sword brother Snake Eyes. In spite of this act of solidarity, he had proclaimed earlier in the film that he was “not with you, but for this once, I am not against you“, which makes it seem as if his G.I. Joe allegiance was merely temporary.
Regardless of all of that, according to Lee-Byung hun’s representatives, he is slated to return to the states later this month to begin work on G.I. Joe 3, and those same representatives say that “his part in the upcoming movie is expected to be bigger than his previous appearances…”
This brings up a good question in regards to G.I. Joe 3, which is how much more of the Arashikage angle can the film franchise cover that hasn’t already been revealed in films 1 – 3? There’s no doubt that ninjas have always been and will always be a huge part of G.I. Joe lore, but we’ve seen Snake Eyes’ and Storm Shadow’s childhood, we’ve seen the Hard Master murder, and we’ve seen the two men become allies, so one must wonder how much further this story will evolve.
I’m liking the mystery.
From my own perspective, this is a really fun piece of these Hollywood adventures. The speculation and detail-by-detail revelation as the months go on. I’m really looking forward to the ride. It’s very interesting to hear that he’s returning to the states at the end of this month to begin work on it. I know Chu said that shooting was this year, I was expecting work to begin much later, but as long as it keeps the news and information flowing, I’m into it!
One of the biggest gaps in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in many fans’ opinions was the lack of Scarlett among the main cast of characters. I think we all know by now that the creative team was looking to “tie up” some loose ends, but among any complaints fans had about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Rachel Nichols as Scarlett wasn’t generally among them.
Scott Neumyer spoke with Nichols on behalf of Parade Magazine about her new film Raze, but managed to sneak in some G.I. Joe questions, and as one might expect, the female star seems eager to reprise her role as the “First Lady” of G.I. Joe:
“Any chance you might be back for the third installment?
You know, that was a real heartbreak for me and I’ve always been really honest about it. They went through a regime change at Paramount between the first movie and the second movie, and you can see that with the cast and the fact that not a lot are back, but I was really heartbroken. I had a blast on that movie.”
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu has made many references to the Scarlett character in various interviews about the possible direction of the third film, and I think tying Nichols back into the story could make for a really great arc tying the three films together. Time will tell, but it’s exciting to see that Rachel Nichols is open to it.
Thanks to Scott Neumyer for bringing up the G.I. Joe topic. He’s a great writer, and you can check out his work on Twitter and various online outlets throughout the web.
It’s still very early in the G.I. Joe 3 production schedule, but we’re already getting some traffic from Jon Chu’s camp, mostly as a result of interviews he’s doing for the latest Justin Bieber film.
This time around, he spoke with Flickering Myth about G.I. Joe 3, and reiterated that it looks like shooting will begin this coming year and that the script is still getting nailed down. He didn’t promise it would be “bigger” than G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but he admitted that he’s got a better handle on the whole G.I. Joe “world” that he is building.
The quote I liked the most was this one:
“I don’t feel like I’ve fulfilled the promise I gave, to bring everything I love about Joe to the script. I feel like we did a lot of foundational stuff. We cleared the way. We brought the movie back to life, but at the same time, there’s so much more to do, to make it even better. I learned a lot on the last one, and I want to put that into practice and make this one even better, and make it have life for many, many movies in the future, whether I’m doing them or not.”
I think it speaks to his feelings about Retaliation (which mirror some others out there) in which he spent so much time kind of explaining and cleaning up the first film that there wasn’t necessarily enough film left over for the next leap forward. Sounds like perhaps we can expect that leap this time around.
Chu also elaborates on what happened with the proposed Masters of the Universe film and why he ended up bowing out.
Check out the full interview right here. It’s a decent read, even if there’s not a whole lot of new info.
The dichotomy between 2013 and this upcoming new year couldn’t have been more stark than it was when I was researching the Top 10 biggest news stories for the past year. We went from anticipating a new film, lots of new Hasbro release toys, the emergence of Kre-O, and many other potential new G.I. Joe events from the upcoming year to a year of total uncertainty.
Today marks the beginning of the 50th Anniversary of the G.I. Joe brand, a brand steeped in history and cultural relevance, and it seems to be a real shame that such an event would go mostly ignored by Hasbro, who wouldn’t exist as an entity today without G.I. Joe’s presence throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. A damn shame that nearly four full decades of success relegates a once remarkable brand to the potential dustbins of history and pop culture insignificance. G.I. Joe as a brand helped build you, Hasbro. It would be nice if you would at least spend some efforts trying to return the favor.
Rant over. :)
Click the “Continue Reading” link below to see my list of the Top 10 biggest G.I. Joe news stories of 2013, let’s all cross our fingers that there are enough reasons to be writing up a similar list this time next year!
Yes, we know the episodes have been a little more sporadic lately, but hopefully this four hour marathon makes up for it. We spend a healthy two hours talking to resident toy expert Mark Bellomo about G.I. Joe and the toy industry in general, and complement that great interview with some looks at recent G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announcements, plus a look back at 2013 and a look ahead to next year.
Check out our Podbean page to listen to this latest episode, or just use the embedded player below, and take a peek at the show notes after the jump.
As many of us suspected, the rampant rumors of a Channing Tatum “Duke” revival were taken somewhat out of context during an interview with upcoming G.I. Joe 3 director Jon Chu. In speaking with Coming Soon, he elaborates on his comments a bit:
CS: I’ve heard rumors that you’re trying to figure out how to bring Channing Tatum to “G.I. Joe,” which may be tough, considering he’s dead.
Chu: It all gets carried away again. They asked me about Channing and I don’t know. You never know in these movies, and that’s all I said, and suddenly it became “Channing Tatum might be back.” To me, every possibility is open and we’re writing the script right now and we’re figuring everything out. It’s an extremely low possibility when you kill somebody like that, it’s pretty much it, but you never know with “G.I. Joe.” We did that with Storm Shadow, too.
So as we can all see, don’t necessarily anticipate a big Tatum return.
Perhaps the more interesting discussion about G.I. Joe 3, though, revolves around filming for the upcoming motion picture:
CS: Is that something you might be far enough along on that you’ll be shooting next year? Or is it too early to tell?
Chu: I think we’re going to be shooting next year. We’re pretty motivated to get that up.
So, a mere 2 years after filming for the second film we’re going to be immersed in the process of filming G.I. Joe 3? Yeah, I’ll take it!
Somewhat surprising to us, many folks have been asking if we could do a screening of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film with our own commentary…well, since G.I. Joe news is so slow, we figured what better time than now! Join Gary, Justin, and Mike as they watch the entire G.I. Joe: Retaliation Extended Action Cut on Blu-Ray and give their thoughts and opinions throughout the entire film.
We tried to keep sports metaphors to a minimum, but no promises about childish humor.
Check out the embedded player below or our Podbean page for the latest special edition, and enjoy!
As one might expect, it looks like Lady Jaye will be back for another round in the sequel to the 2013 smash hit G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It’s a bit curious because I cannot find a precise quote where she states this, but IGN.com posted an interview with the actress, and in the interview, the following reference is made:
“And that very well may be. Palicki’s turn as Lady Jaye in the successful G.I. Joe: Retaliation — she says she’ll be back for G.I. Joe 3 by the way — and her ability to handle stunt work means that she frequently gets scripts for similar films.”
Having just watched the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film again last night, I’m looking forward to the return, and hope that DJ Catrona’s Flint joins her as well. I think The Rock and Ray Park are safe bets, too. Pretty cool to start hearing things come together already. Again, check out IGN for the full run down.
Make sure to keep watching for all the latest and greatest G.I. Joe movie news!
While I’m still pretty hesitant to believe the hype behind a possible return of Channing Tatum as Duke to the G.I. Joe film franchise, director Jon Chu certainly doesn’t dissuade the interviewer from making that proclamation in a recent interview with MTV News.
The short interview and article is low on details, but high on buzz words and speculation, which is totally cool with me this soon in the process. It mentions that Chu and new script writer Evan Dougherty are hard at work nailing down the script, which Chu promises takes the franchise “to another level”.
Now, to Jon Chu’s credit, when asked about Duke’s potential return, he only says “you never know” and uses Storm Shadow’s return as an impetus for fueling more speculation. It’s a smart move, as Tatum’s name is an automatic headline generator. We’ll see what happens as we get closer to production.