G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an upcoming sci-fi action film directed by Jon M. Chu and is a sequel to the 2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Ray Park, this new installation revolves around the story that follows the events that happened after the first movie. The G.I. Joes are framed as traitors by Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) who is impersonating the President of the United States. The Joes form a plan with G.I. Joe General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis) to fight their mortal enemy Cobra and to contend with the inner threats that are lurking within their own government which could jeopardize their very existence. Check the interview with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director below:
“Exclusive Interview with G.I. Joe Retaliation Director Jon M. Chu
While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, I got the opportunity to sit down with director Jon Chu and chat about G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We talk about why people who didn’t like the first Stephen Sommers film Rise of Cobra should give the sequel a chance, how his vision of a GI Joe movie is more rooted in the cartoons and toys of his (and my) childhood, reinventing Cobra Commander, how he got the job, what Paramount saw in films like the Step Up series and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to earn him a chance at a Summer action film, demystifying the movie pitching presentation process and more.
Question: How’s it going?
Jon Chu: I’m good. I’m a little exhausted, but I’m good.
Question: You started early this morning, right?
Jon Chu: We started early this morning, but I just flew in from Miami. We were doing ADR with Dwayne [Johnson] in Miami. So I flew over there and flew right back here and then we are back in the edit tomorrow.
Question: That’s crazy.
Jon Chu: It’s nuts.
Question: Well I’m going to start with the hard questions and then move our way to your favorite color.
Jon Chu: Yes! (Laughs)
Question: I liked the first movie. It’s dumb but fun.
Jon Chu: Me too,
Question: But it seems like there were a lot of people that don’t.
Jon Chu: Yes.
Question: I wanted to know, why should people who hated the first film give this sequel a chance?
Jon Chu: It’s crazy, because as polarizing as that first movie was, people still went and saw it and people still went and saw it over and over and the DVD sold like crazy, so…
Question: And then you made a sequel, so they must have made money.
Jon Chu: Exactly and especially now like hearing the fans say what they want and don’t want and which characters they wish were coming back and which weren’t. I mean it seems like more people like it than people will admit, which is crazy. And we are not trying to compete with that movie, we are trying to make a different movie. To me, the GI JOE product means something very different than the filmmakers of the last movie. To me, GI JOE is this very personal thing. I grew up on GI JOES. I grew up playing GI JOES and so I have a very specific idea and it’s probably really different from people who first knew about GI JOE with the 12 inch action figure, but we really tried to bridge all of those mythologies with everything you know about Joe and put it into one. For instance, Joe Colton, one of the number one questions when I first signed on to the movie everyone would be like “Well who is playing Joe?” I’m like “What are you talking about? There is no “Joe.” Then I remembered Joe Colton and was like “That would be really awesome to give Joe a face and a personality and there’s only one iconic person that could ever play that and that would be Bruce [Willis].”
The rest of the interview can be read at Slash Film
G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be showing in cinemas on March 28th 2013.
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