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.
What’s On Joe Mind, “live” from the red carpet in London, our representatives Dave Tree (from Roll Out Roll Call and All the Cool Stuff) and Russell Sheath (contributor to Aint It Cool News) talk to DJ Cotrona, Elodie Yung, cover the Press Conference and sit down with Director Jon M. Chu himself!
An exclusive and intimate talk with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation director reveals some cool details about a potential directors’ cut of the DVD and possible content that was not in the final cut of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film! This thrilling special edition is live now on Podbean as well as embedded below.
As of late, when most of us think of Retaliation and the color red, we think of how much of a knock out Adrianne Palicki looks in that red dress she is seen wearing in the trailers. Well, red means something else when it comes to worldwide premiere’s of movies, it means the RED CARPET. We Paramount UK afforded an opportunity for our man in the UK, Dave Tree, to attend the premiere and get a spot on the side of the carpet, we couldn’t pass it up. Throw in an exclusive interview with Director Jon M. Chu, and it is a DONE DEAL! WOJM is red carpet bound. Check this show out as Justin and Gary comment on the movie and interviews, all the while throwing coverage back to London for updates from the premiere party. Music, ninjas and celebs abound! This is a CAN’T MISS special – once in a lifetime – edition of WOJM!
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is right around the corner… only mere days away! The lucky folks over in London actually got their red carpet premiere last week, and both GeneralsJoes and the What’s on Joe Mind podcast were fortunate enough to have some representatives at the London premiere.
Dave Tree from All the Cool Stuff and Russ Sheath, contributor to Aint It Cool News both very kindly offered to cover the event on our behalf, and they knocked the ball out of the friggen park! Hitting the red carpet, recording the press conference, and even getting a face-to-face interview with director Jon M Chu!
Most of the audio coverage from the red carpet and press conference event is now posted in audio format on Special Edition #26 of What’s on Joe Mind, but the interview with Jon Chu can be read below. This is was a fantastic opportunity for both the podcast and this website, and we greatly appreciate Paramount, Mr. Chu, and of course Dave and Russ for getting this all together for us. We are infinitely grateful for everyone’s participation and willingness to work with us.
Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check out the full review!
Good grief, I just might die of anticipation before this movie even comes out…
Digital Spy has posted a very nicely composed G.I. Joe: Retaliation preview/trailer with a good mix of many of the action sequences we’ve seen before. But mixed within these action sequences are some new seconds of footage as well! See a great front shot of the HISS Tank, and Lady Jaye in a sports bra!
One of those may be more enjoyable than the other…it will depend on your point of view.
Check out the trailer at Digital Spy, or embedded below.
I hope you’re listening, Paramount. If I die from anticipation before I see this movie, and you delayed it 9 months, it is YOUR FAULT.
Veteran dance-film director Jon Chu takes a crack at G.I. Joe in this sequel to Stephen Sommers’ blockbuster 2009 film. Dwayne Johnson stars as Roadblock in the sequel, with Channing Tatum returning as Duke, the leader of the Joes, and Ray Park joining them as mute ninja Snake Eyes. Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Byung-hun, Elodie Yung, and RZA co-star.
So at 125 minutes, the official run time is just over 2 hours. I think that’s a good amount. Seems amazing though, that there’s several years worth of build up for an experience that will last just over 125 minutes, and the end result could shape the future of the franchise. Pretty bizarre, and a clear indication of the power of Hollywood.
Another interesting note is that MANN Theaters puts the official release date still at March 29th, which I think just goes further to prove the March 28th date seen in recent trailers and TV Spots is just reflecting a midnight (or earlier) premiere, and isn’t a reflection of a real change in the launch date.
Two of these TV Spots have been uploaded before… ”Fist” and “Drive It” are both a couple of months old, but for whatever reason just showed up as re-uploaded to the G.I. Joe Movie YouTube Channel. I’m thinking they may be updated all of these TV Spots in 1080p, but I’m not sure.
Regardless, I’ll take whatever excuse I can to check out footage from the upcoming movie, and I’m thinking most of you will, too. Not only that, but a third TV spot entitled “Rock Solid” has now been uploaded as well. While the name is new, the footage is the same.
Oh, wait a minute. As was mentioned a couple of days ago, the release date of G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been changed (apparently) to March 28th. These TV Spots all reflect the changed release date, so evidently Paramount is uploading all of the old TV Spots again, with the new release date. Now it all makes sense.
Well, I’m here anyway, so here are those TV spots. Enjoy!
Even with all of the talk about converting G.I. Joe: Retaliation to 3D, we hadn’t really heard anything about IMAX. Well, we have now.
According to a Press Release on Daily Markets, G.I. Joe: Retaliation will “…be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released to select IMAX® theatres internationally starting March 28 and for a one week run in North America beginning March 29.”
So for folks with IMAX theaters nearby, make sure you’re hitting them to get the full G.I. Joe: Retaliation experience. Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full text of the press release.