It seems at the moment, in Hollywood you need a franchise if you are going to be a player in the cinematic market. Since the massive success of Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe and the financial success of the Transformers franchise, it seems Hasbro is next in looking at a shared cinematic universe.
It seems like people have a real soft spot for 1980s pop culture, especially fans of children’s television. This is due to a combination of the toy tie-ins on the cartoons of that time, the bright and vibrant colors on the shows, the larger than life characters, and the fact that the children of that era have grown into adults and they’re making content about what they loved. And I am just as much a victim of this ’80s nostalgia bug as anyone, and that is why the following artist caught my eye.
Ok, so I think we can all agree that GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a horse shit movie, and this is a fact that apparently was not lost on the filmmakers. They took the opportunity to create a sequel and immediately killed off everyone from the first movie – Brilliant. Cut ties with that dog shit. They traded out Dennis Quaid for Bruce Willis – win. Replace Marlon Wayans with The Rock? Super win. Then you add in pieces like Boyd Crowder, The Punisher, and my girl Adrianne Palicki – I’m actually excited for the sequel to a movie I almost walked out on.
Here is the official synopsis and new images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, courtesy of Stark Industries:
A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on June 29,2012.
In addition to several more pictures (Below), and the trailer we already showed you, there is also a new trailer after the jump…
Movie looks pretty entertaining. Willis will be his usual wise cracking badass, and we’re sure to see Snake Eyes kicking some ass, and you can even argue that it is an upgrade at director with Jon M. Chu replacing Stephen Sommers. And seriously, how often can you can the Director of Step Up 3 and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is an upgrade over anyone? Well that is how much I despise Sommers, who is constantly handed awesome projects and consistently churns out mediocre films.
Anyhow, here are some more pictures from the movie, collected from around the web…
And now, just for fun, here are some important lessons from the Joes…
DOGS ARE RACIST:
DON’T BE A DICKHEAD
DEEP SIX & LEATHERNECK LIKE KIDS IN BATHING SUITS
IF YOU GIVE A STRANGER YOUR ADDRESS, THEY WILL RAPE YOU
YOU’RE MOM IS GONNA DIE ALONE
Toy Fair 2012 wraps up today in the city that never sleeps and from action figures to high-tech toys to creepy Barbies that take photos and then display them on their stomach there’s something for everyone.
LEGO’s ninja-themed playset NINJAGO Fire Temple was good enough to win Activity Toy of the Year award but makes me glad I don’t have kids yet when I see the $120 price tag. Yikes!
Perhaps one of the weirdest/coolest/most useless items available this year is the opportunity to pre-order an authentic replica Back to the Future hover board! It does disclaim actual hovering but does allow you to release your inner Marty McFly for what is still an undisclosed price until early March.
I don’t think that anything could possibly redeem the G.I. Joe movie franchise at this point since that crapfest that was the first G.I. Joe, but I’m sure giving the people behind this movie some credit for trying thus far. The cast seems too good to be true… or to be in this movie. Not only is Channing Tatum returning (Puke), but there are some newcomers you may have heard of. The first is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who recently twittered a picture of him as his character in the sequel, Roadblock:
Now I’m not saying the Rock is a great actor but he definitely has the ability to draw people to the box office. His star presence helped push the latest Fast and Furious movie to the brink of box office juggernaut. Also joining up into the ranks is the one and only Bruce Willis as G.I. Joe commander Joe Colton. This one surprised me the most and made me wonder if Willis was going the Samuel L. Jackson route of just appearing in any movie that would pay him. Also joining the film are Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified), Ray Stevenson (Book of Eli, Punisher: War Zone), and Adrianne Palicki, the hot Wonder Woman who never saw the light of day. That is one decent cast filled with a lot of actors/actresses that I enjoy, minus Channing Tatum of course. Once they manage to get a trailer out I can pass judgement on whether or not I’ll be sucked in by this follow-up to that Stephen Sommers piece of trash.