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#1 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 04:42 AM

Stephen Sommers to direct 'G.I. Joe'
Paramount Pictures has set Stephen Sommers to direct "G.I. Joe," the live-action feature based on Hasbro's line of action figures. The studio is hiring a writer immediately, and has set a February production start for a summer 2009 release. The accelerated production schedule began right after Sommers pitched his version of the film to Par chairman-CEO Brad Grey and production prexy Brad Weston on Wednesday evening. He was hired in the room.
Variety, August 23

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Link to the thread on Van Helsing (2004).

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#2 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:16 PM

Will the "Real American Hero" not be all that American any more?

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 07:25 PM

G. I wonder why the revamp, Joe
Golly. So much for my two childhood memories: 1) he's no longer anything to do with the U.S. military; and 2) the guys with no private parts are the execs at Paramount and Hasbro who concluded that an American serviceman would be too tough a sell in the global marketplace.
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Posted 20 September 2007 - 10:46 PM

Sigh. Since the 1980s G.I. Joe has been an international organization. Sure, there are Americans involved. But aside from the literal dolls from the 1960s, the G.I. Joe organization was FILLED with soldiers from other countries. That was part of the appeal! Duke was always a stiff, anyway.

And to all of the people already demonizing this movie as "anti-American" (or "anti-freedom," as I'm sure some will say), which works better: a group of American soldiers solving all of the world's problems, or a varied group that displays teamwork and (if you cut down to it) looks to an American for guidance?

So to all of the xenophobes looking to push their agendas with the release of a mostly-likely-to-be-bad-regardless movie, get a &%#$ing grip.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 03:59 PM

I saw this post while surfing the internet and I signed up just to respond to this.

QUOTE(Jason Panella @ Sep 20 2007, 11:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sigh. Since the 1980s G.I. Joe has been an international organization. Sure, there are Americans involved. But aside from the literal dolls from the 1960s, the G.I. Joe organization was FILLED with soldiers from other countries.


Really? Name 'em.

QUOTE(Jason Panella @ Sep 20 2007, 11:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And to all of the people already demonizing this movie as "anti-American" (or "anti-freedom," as I'm sure some will say), which works better: a group of American soldiers solving all of the world's problems, or a varied group that displays teamwork and (if you cut down to it) looks to an American for guidance?

So to all of the xenophobes looking to push their agendas with the release of a mostly-likely-to-be-bad-regardless movie, get a &%#$ing grip.


This will work better: a group of specialists selected from the branches of the U.S. Military, working with counterpart agents from other governments, to combat an American-born terrorism group at home and abroad while also dealing with a government bureaucracy with shady motives and who try to cut off their funding. This is the premise of GI Joe as written by Larry Hama, a Japanese-American Vietnam War veteran, who wrote the Marvel comic book for 13 years and created all of the character profiles and names that were used for the toys and cartoons from the '80s on. This premise is extremely relevant today in any country and Larry Hama could hardly be described as a Xenophobe. The only agenda by the fans is to not have the original premise be watered down into something inferior for political correctness. If done right this movie can be both a global blockbuster and serve as an incredible commentary on current events.










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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE(close2theedge @ Sep 28 2007, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I saw this post while surfing the internet and I signed up just to respond to this.


Good deal. Stick around if you can!

QUOTE(close2theedge @ Sep 28 2007, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really? Name 'em.


Big Ben, Red Star, Big Bear, Mutt, Back Stop, Taurus.

Maybe that's not a ton. Thanks for calling me out! I feel honored.


QUOTE(close2theedge @ Sep 28 2007, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This will work better: a group of specialists selected from the branches of the U.S. Military, working with counterpart agents from other governments, to combat an American-born terrorism group at home and abroad while also dealing with a government bureaucracy with shady motives and who try to cut off their funding. This is the premise of GI Joe as written by Larry Hama, a Japanese-American Vietnam War veteran, who wrote the Marvel comic book for 13 years and created all of the character profiles and names that were used for the toys and cartoons from the '80s on. This premise is extremely relevant today in any country and Larry Hama could hardly be described as a Xenophobe. The only agenda by the fans is to not have the original premise be watered down into something inferior for political correctness. If done right this movie can be both a global blockbuster and serve as an incredible commentary on current events.


I never called Hama a xenophobe (capitalizing it makes it look cooler though). What you're suggesting is pretty close to my second choice. I read the comics (and watched the show, and collected the figures) for nearly a decade, so I consider myself a fan. Maybe I should've worded my rant this way: sure I'd prefer that they keep it as close to the comics as possible, but if the changes really are as they've been noted, it could be worse. Much worse.


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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:32 PM

QUOTE(Jason Panella @ Sep 28 2007, 05:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(close2theedge @ Sep 28 2007, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really? Name 'em.


Big Ben, Red Star, Big Bear, Mutt, Back Stop, Taurus.

Maybe that's not a ton. Thanks for calling me out! I feel honored.



I didn't mean to come out swinging like that. I apologize if I was a little aggressive. It's true that there is some international representation but the core group is a an American military group. In 1989 they did a cartoon mini-series with the a new jingle: "G.I. Joe, An International Hero!!!". It just isn't the same as the original jingle. I do think that having international counterpart groups like the Oktober Guard (Red Star) and the fact that they classified Big Ben as an S.A.S. officer would be great elements for the movie that would satisfy an international audience while still being true to the original.

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QUOTE(close2theedge @ Sep 28 2007, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This will work better: a group of specialists selected from the branches of the U.S. Military, working with counterpart agents from other governments, to combat an American-born terrorism group at home and abroad while also dealing with a government bureaucracy with shady motives and who try to cut off their funding. This is the premise of GI Joe as written by Larry Hama, a Japanese-American Vietnam War veteran, who wrote the Marvel comic book for 13 years and created all of the character profiles and names that were used for the toys and cartoons from the '80s on. This premise is extremely relevant today in any country and Larry Hama could hardly be described as a Xenophobe. The only agenda by the fans is to not have the original premise be watered down into something inferior for political correctness. If done right this movie can be both a global blockbuster and serve as an incredible commentary on current events.


I never called Hama a xenophobe (capitalizing it makes it look cooler though). What you're suggesting is pretty close to my second choice. I read the comics (and watched the show, and collected the figures) for nearly a decade, so I consider myself a fan. Maybe I should've worded my rant this way: sure I'd prefer that they keep it as close to the comics as possible, but if the changes really are as they've been noted, it could be worse. Much worse.


Agreed. Are you a longtime fan? There is a really great forum called JoeReloaded.com that is the closest thing to an official fan forum that exists right now. People affiliated with the current comic post there. Check it out!

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:49 PM

G.I. Joe Starts Casting for a February Start
Paramount Pictures has begun casting for G.I. Joe to start filming in mid-February 2008 in Prague and Los Angeles. Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy) will direct from a script by Stuart Beattie. The studio is currently calling the film Untitled Stephen Sommers Project.
Superhero Hype!, October 25

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Seriously? A franchise pic based on a decades-old brand is "Untitled"?

And how good could the script be if they only started looking for a writer to hire just two months ago?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:02 PM

How good can the movie be with Stephen Sommers directing?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 05:24 PM

Well, yeah, true.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 04:44 AM

Sienna Miller signs up for 'G.I. Joe'
Sienna Miller is the first thesp to enlist in Paramount Pictures' big-budget tentpole "G.I. Joe." British actress will play the film's female lead, described as a raven-haired baroness and sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage. . . . Paramount, which has set a mid-February start date, has slotted the film for an Aug. 7, 2009, release. Story is set at Brussels-based GIJOE, an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a Scottish arms dealer. . . .
Variety, November 19

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:39 AM

Wayans enrolls in 'G.I. Joe'
Marlon Wayans has signed on to star in Paramount actioner "G.I. Joe." Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in negotiations to join the tentpole, which is based on the American soldier action figure created by Hasbro. Wayans will play Ripcord, leader of the military unit. War-themed story is set 10 years in the future. . . . The Stephen Sommers-helmed film is set to start shooting next month in Los Angeles. Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Said Taghmaoui have already joined the cast. . . .
Variety, January 6

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 12:35 AM

Quaid, Tatum enlist in Par's 'G.I. Joe'
Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum have been set as the leads in Paramount's actioner "G.I. Joe." Quaid will play General Hawk, the grizzled team leader and Tatum will play Duke Hauser, the lead soldier in the Stephen Sommers-directed film, which is scheduled to shoot next month in L.A. Pic is set for release on Aug. 7, 2009. Tatum's character works closely on missions with Ripcord, a team member that will be played by Marlon Wayans. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Said Taghmaoui are also in the ensemble. . . .
Variety, January 28

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 03:33 AM

Dennis Quaid talks about playing General Hawk in G.I. JOE
The highlight of the interview is something that I got after the press conference was over; he told me that he signed on for three "G.I. Joe" movies. He also confirmed the obvious, that Paramount is aiming to make a franchise out of the Joe’s.
Collider.com, February 8

Eccleston suits up for 'G.I. Joe'
Chris Eccleston has been cast as the villainous Destro in Paramount's "G.I. Joe." . . . Irish-born actor David Murray originally had been set for the role, but withdrew from the film because of visa issues. . . .
Hollywood Reporter, February 12

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:26 AM

Looking at the title and subheading of this thread, the first question that came to my mind was, "What past Stephen Sommers films have employed writers, and why would he use one now?" I think the only thing that can be said of screenplays for past Stephen Sommers films can best be summed up by Truman Capote.... "That's not writing.... it's typing."

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:59 PM

Enter Snake-Eyes. It's just a promo shot of a ninja with a gun, but really, what more could you want?

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:41 PM

Wait, so is this the first live action film ever that will feature a ninja with lasers?

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 04:02 PM

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Wait, so is this the first live action film ever that will feature a ninja with lasers?

Maybe not the first... check out Cyber Ninja.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 04:08 PM

Hm. I am hestitant of such recommendations ever since Russ (anyone remember Russ?) told me to watch Sleepaway Camp, and then I watched Sleepaway Camp.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 04:46 PM

I like Dennis Quaid, I do. But something about this photo seems a little ... off. More here.