Many Hollywood news outlets have reported (or seem to be assuming) that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu is definitely “out” of the director’s chair for the third G.I. Joe film. While I would agree there are many signs that indicate this, Jon Chu himself reports that there is still a chance he will be working on the third Joe film.
Facebook has released a new app entitled “Mentions” which is geared towards celebrities and businesses, and last night, Chu participated in a Q & A through his Facebook page. There were many innocuous questions, but a few questions did emerge about the status of G.I. Joe 3. Chu’s responses got my attention:
By the sounds of that Facebook response, he still has a chance of being attached to G.I. Joe 3, as long as the timing is right. Sure, this could be PR talk, but it sounds like the door is at least partway open. Further down in the conversation, he is still speaking about G.I. Joe and posts the following:
Could he be referencing certain “compromises” with G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Compromises like trying to resolve the first film? Compromises like Duke’s death? Regardless, it was interesting to see Chu open up a little bit about his current status with G.I. Joe 3 and keep that door open. I for one hope it remains open, because I feel like Chu honestly loves the world and wants to do right by it.
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.
Can this be considered the unofficial “kick off” for the G.I. Joe 3 Social Media campaign? G.I. Joe: Retaliation (and G.I. Joe 3) director Jon Chu has begun talking on Twitter a bit regarding the upcoming third film in the G.I. Joe motion picture series.
Of course there are no real details yet, but a couple of interesting Tweets have emerged in the last 24 hours:
G.I. Joe 3…. Whoa. It’s gonna be out of control if I don’t say so myself…
Obviously this is the very early stages of G.I. Joe 3 discussion, but every process has to start somewhere. Very excited to see Chu already speaking out about the film and can’t wait to hear more from him and the rest of the team! Follow Jon Chu on Twitter to get the latest and greatest!
A few days ago, I had a unique opportunity to speak with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and I really wanted to talk to him a bit about the Extended Action Cut, and of course also slide in some G.I. Joe 3 related questions. This is a very short interview, but it gives some really nice insight into the thought process of the Extended Action Cut and also explained why some of the deleted scenes were not included even in the Extended Cut. We also talk a bit about Scarlett and what might be in the works for G.I. Joe 3.
The interview is posted over on YoJoe.com go check it out!
While at San Diego ComicCon, Crave Online caught up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu, and aside from making him do the CobraLALALALALA chant, they asked some very good questions surrounding the G.I. Joe film franchise and what direction the next movie might take.
Without question the highlight of the interview was a great conversation they had about the character of Scarlett, and her connections to Snake Eyes, and that there’s quite the possibility that she will make an appearance for G.I. Joe 3. The best part is, Chu didn’t make reference to earlier comments about “Scarlett” just being a rank and not the actual character, which leads one to think that perhaps he’s really talking about the character herself making a return.
He was also very specific to mention that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation universe was just one region in this larger world and that there is a likelihood that other avenues of G.I. Joe are up and running. Check out the full interview at Crave Online and embedded below.
Well, probably not that much of a spoiler, I guess at this point, but it doesn’t hurt to toss along that warning.
Paramount has started distributing their Blu-Ray screeners for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, including several of the reported deleted scenes that did not make the final theatrical release. While the mass release DVD offers these deleted scenes as an “extra” bonus feature, it appears from this article that the Extended Action set indeed takes this deleted footage and actually works it into the flow of the regular film.
Thanks to Elodie Yung (who plays Jinx in the film) on Twitter we see that French film site Ecran Large has broken down these deleted scenes/extended footage for us. They are reporting about 13 minutes of extra footage, which is a bit shy from what I heard, but in the same ballpark anyway. On the surface, those 13 minutes might not seem like a big deal, but from the looks of things, the flow of the film is altered drastically by this extra footage.
Here’s the only catch…the article is in French. Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full details.
Shortly before the G.I. Joe Convention, Slashfilm.com had performed a marathon “FilmAid” broadcast, a 10 hour marathon to raise funds for the FilmAid charity. Part of this marathon was a great interactive interview with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu.
No worries, you don’t have to listen to all 10 hours, if you just want to hear Jon Chu, Slashfilm has posted just the Chu segment right here. The segment is almost half an hour long, and is very entertaining and provides some excellent insight into the film.
Kudos to Slashfilm for their work on this and for raising over $10,000 for this great charity, and thanks to Twitziller for letting me know this was online.
When we sat down Friday night to talk about our feelings on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I’m not sure any of us figured that by the end of the recording, we’d be sharing our thoughts and concerns with Jon Chu himself! But timing is everything, and that’s how it worked out.
We spend the first hour or so dissecting the film, and trying not to go total fanboy. Rest assured, most of us loved the film, we were just trying to do some objective analysis. But when Mr. Chu joined the call, I think we all went a little fanboy. Check out the latest special edition on our Podbean page, or through the embedded players below. Show notes, as usual, after the jump.
Once again, first off, there are many many spoilers discussed in this episode. If you have not seen the movie and do not want to be spoiled, we recommend you DO NOT listen to this until you have seen the movie first!!
So we’ve all seen the movie. There is some parts WE LOVE. There are some parts that still need some work. Aaaand, yes, there is a part or two that made us cringe. With that said, we all enjoyed our time at the theater to watch the movie we waited so long for. What were our favorite parts? What parts did we not like? What would we do if we were in charge? We answer all of those. Plus…we get an unannounced but very welcome visit by Retalition’s Director – yes, Mr. Jon M. Chu himself joins us from his kitchen. He spends nearly an HOUR with us candidly answering every question we asked him. What an opportunity – thanks to Justin for setting that up and thanks for Jon joining us while going over opening night return numbers. We had a blast doing this one and we hope you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime recording of WOJM!
Once again, spoilers are abound – you have been warned!
Take this at face value, because there have been no official confirmations yet, but all indications (according to Andrew Stewart fromVariety) are that Paramount as greenlit a third G.I. Joe film after an exceptionally strong Easter weekend offering from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Topping most recent expectations of $100M worldwide, G.I. Joe: Retaliation actually clocked in at an impressive #132M, coming close to $52M domestically and over $80M Internationally. An early look at domestic numbers would indicate that the film wasn’t as big as The Rise of Cobra, but adding in both domestic and international, G.I. Joe: Retaliation trumped its predecessor by over $40M worldwide! According to Box Office Mojo, Rise of Cobra brought in about $91M in all markets, while Retaliation topped $130M.
Considering the first film was a highly marketed summer blockbuster, that’s nothing to frown at!
Time will tell whether G.I. Joe: Retaliation has the legs to continue pressing on over the next few weeks, but early indications are good, and it sounds like Paramount is happy as well. Like other folks out there, I found some faults with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but if nothing else, I think it provided a great stepping stone towards a true G.I. Joe vs. Cobra conflict in a third film. I’m excited that indications are this good.
There are several Joe fans across the web who have already experienced the wonders of G.I. Joe: Retaliation (including me), but there are still great video featurettes emerging to explore other angles of the Retaliation onslaught. Hollywood Reporter has posted a great conversation with Jon Chu and Lorenzo DiBonaventura about the 3D conversion process and the steps they had to go through in order to get the film converted and ready for a March, 2013 launch.