UPDATED: Stephen Sommers Fired From GI Joe! -- NOT!

There were rumblings and bad vibes about GI Joe from the start. But today we find out just what all the ruckus was about.

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By jman1977 - 6/11/2009
UPDATED: 6/11/2009 - This story has been debunked by Latino Review. Our thanks to "Alten" for the catch.

The good folks over at donmurphy.net had this to post on there message boards:

So the story goes like this-

after a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie Brad Weston had Stephen Sommers, the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room.

Stuart Baird, a renowned "fixer" editor was brought it to try to see if it could be made releasable. Meanwhile producer Lorenzo whose turkey IMAGINE THAT explodes this weekend as the new bomb in theatres (also championed by Weston) was told his services were no longer needed on the film either.

Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers doing design work, even though that film doesn't even have a good script yet. When word of the firing started to be whispered about in Hollywood, Sommers was summoned back to the editing room- but only to save appearances, Baird is still editing the movie with studio input.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who turned down other offers from the property to go with the script that was rushed in 8 weeks by Stuart Beattie because of the writer's strike is frantic that this will destroy the brand and is distancing himself from the pending catastrophe.

NONE of this needed to happen, except someone who did not know the mythology, Lorenzo was in charge of the film and never contradicted Sommers on anything. Lorenzo, so you know, was Chairman of Warner's and had GI JOE under option there (not as a producer) for SEVEN years and he refused to greenlight the film, stating that because he grew up in Italy he had no knowledge of it. If you google enough, at one point you will see he wanted the film to be about an action hero named MANN (Action Man, get it) and he clearly had no clue what the GI Joe world really was.

And the hapless hack Sommers? Where did he come from? The confused Jon Fogelman at William Morris, who signed Hasbro away from CAA, had to find a director in a hurry for his new clients and gave him the only guy who he repped who would do it. A sad end to what COULD have been a great franchise. Acceleration suits indeed."

This makes sense, this is why the news stopped coming out from the GI Joe camp a few weeks ago. So there you have it, Sommers has been fired from GI Joe. I liked The Mummy movies, I thought they were fun action flicks and never put to much thought into them. Looks like Sommers doesn't have to put to much thought now into anything GI Joe any more.
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frostyburton - 6/11/2009, 8:32 AM
o god i almost wanted to see this movie

first first
frostyburton - 6/11/2009, 8:33 AM
damit lol
InFamouslyCool - 6/11/2009, 8:34 AM
from the day i heard marlon waynes was going to be in it i knew it was going to suck. hell, look who they got playing cobra! LOL.. this flick has no buzz and will fail big time. with that said... i might sneak into the theater and watch it. hahaha
Smolo - 6/11/2009, 8:35 AM
HA Frosty that is what you get for wasting time typing First you dumba$$.

Oh well he got fired I could care less I am gonna see this for $5 @ matt.
Betty - 6/11/2009, 8:38 AM
Oh my god this is hilarious!
LEEE777 - 6/11/2009, 8:42 AM
NO JOE!!! : D

GUNSMITH - 6/11/2009, 8:48 AM
OK WAIT, SO ITS A GOOD MOVIE A BAD MOVIE EHH...

TucsonRican - 6/11/2009, 8:53 AM
Can they "fire" him if the movie is already finished?

And I just can't believe that Now they think he was wrong for the job. Where the hell were they when they had dailies to show? This is just bad management, and coming from Paramount, that saying a lot....
cable82 - 6/11/2009, 9:02 AM
The trailer looked good. Can't be as bad as Street Fighter was.
GUNSMITH - 6/11/2009, 9:03 AM
I DUNNO SOMMERS MOVIES ARE LIKE FUN POPCORN FLICKS, I ENJOY HIS MOVIES THEY ARENT BAD..MUMMY MOVIES WERE AWSOME,IONO ABOUT THE LAST ONE THOUGH..BUT VAN HELSING WAS COOL
dellamorte1872 - 6/11/2009, 9:07 AM
true dat @TUCSONRICAN who looks at the dailies, and keeps signing off on them? apparently a [frick]ing dumbass! i called early early on GI JOE and T4 would be the "surprise" flops of the summer. the second i heard "accelerator suits" ya know?
ironknight27 - 6/11/2009, 9:08 AM
Well this does not bode well for the movie.
TucsonRican - 6/11/2009, 9:09 AM
I sound upset? I HATE Sommers movies. HATE THEM. But I just don't understand why fire him now? It's not like he just started to suck, he always has.

Van Helsing was a putrid, shit sandwich. And I still have the taste of it...
vonstallin - 6/11/2009, 9:10 AM
sigh....
Maybe something good can come from this....

Is it too late for re-shoots?
Have a movie ever changed its release date...back?

I have to say...they were able to keep a close lid on this movie...not many on set leaks or anything...mostly what they released to us.

The last thing they need to do is rush the script...this shows time and time again what happens when you think that audiences are going to happy with the ohh and ahss of a movie.

Please fix this paramont...please.
BmanHall - 6/11/2009, 9:10 AM
[frick]ing acceleration suits. Why do people come up with stupid shit like that!
Hellmont - 6/11/2009, 9:15 AM
Guys its Stephen Sommers the same hack who brought us those shitty Mummy movies and Van Helsing. The Execs from Paramount and Hasbro probably got together saw a rough cut of GI-Joe and the final cut Transformers 2. And all of a sudden it became as clear as rain. They probably noticed how their characters were not being depicted properly. They probably understood really well that GI-Joe is a special unit compromised of members with very special skill sets and totally different personalities and no matter how many big explosions and super suits Sommmers would put into this movie in the end it would never feel like a GI-Joe movie becase the Gi-Joes never actually came together as a team thus not making the toy line marketable once more.

Good Riddance to Stephen Sommers and his lame campy ass style movies.

Remember Superman 2 Richard Donner was fired when the film was 75% done and thats why superman 2 was never as good as superman 1....but I am not comparing Donner to Sommer. Donner is a genius director and Sommers is a piece of shit. Just rent their movies .
animeex - 6/11/2009, 9:20 AM
Like I said... They have to piss their scent on all and everything they do. No thought to fans. I wish they would just admit when there is blood in the urine and the scent goes bad.
ironknight27 - 6/11/2009, 9:21 AM
Its not exactly a shock that it ranked low but it sucks cuz I was hoping that this movie was going to at least be somewhat viewable. Now that the movie is finished how much can they do to really save it?
dellamorte1872 - 6/11/2009, 9:22 AM
wasnt sommers at one time attached to WONDER WOMAN as well?
dellamorte1872 - 6/11/2009, 9:25 AM
how do you download avatars anyway?
Hellmont - 6/11/2009, 9:25 AM
Let us pray that between all the suit Nazis on either side of the Paramount and Hasbro clans that one of these guys was a real GI-Joe Fanboy and when he saw the movie he puked and shit himself from the rage of seeing his heroes all depicted like shit.

I was honestly hoping to see either a Destro with is silver face or Cobra Commander with his cowl or silver face plate and not some bullshit half assed piss poor imitation Dr. Doom mask.

Its so sad that they must have already finished shooting most of the film and cant really be able to fix the broken mess that this movie probably is.

When ever a director gets Fired its never a good thing
MasterExploder - 6/11/2009, 9:30 AM
i've already written the script for a reboot. i'll be handing it out at joe con this year! haha. this has me excited. no worries guys. we'll get a reboot! we deserve it more then HULK did.
TucsonRican - 6/11/2009, 9:32 AM
Reboot? really? This is getting stupid now....
Hellmont - 6/11/2009, 9:34 AM
By the way if you have never seen the Superman 2 the Donner cut. You are missing out. The Donner Cut is amazing.Donner didnt get fired because he was making a bad movie Donner got fired because the Salkinds which where the producers for Superman 1 and 2. They hated Donner because Donner didnt really make the film with too many of their ideas in mind and thank god for that and the fact that they ran way over budget because they were filming Superman 1 and 2 at the same time.

Superman 2 the Donner Cut is amazing. If Donner would have been allowed to finish Superman 2.........Superman 2 would have been better than Superman 1. Watch it you will believe a man can fly.
JohnClayBurchett - 6/11/2009, 9:40 AM
Ha Ha! (as Nelson I mean)
vonstallin - 6/11/2009, 9:42 AM
Cool, so the Donner Cut is completly different than the original Sup2? and you can buy it?

Ill check Amazon.com
droopy1317 - 6/11/2009, 9:42 AM
this movie looks like its going to be real cheesy, super suits? lame. i'm only going to watch it to see baroness, dam she looks hot. and i sure am not going to pay either
MasterExploder - 6/11/2009, 9:51 AM
Yeah the donner cut is super! no punintended. and it somehow makes SUPERMAN RETURNS make sense. it's keen.
BmacAttack - 6/11/2009, 9:54 AM
Sounds like a pissed off fanboy wrote this to me. I just can't see them firing a director with less than two months before a movie is released. I'm sure they knew what this thing was going to look like for at least a few months now. Also the thread where this was reported has been removed although that could mean the studio wants to keep it hush hush. Who knows.
Hellmont - 6/11/2009, 9:55 AM
Now After reading everything I see it all unfold.

If we are talking about Lorenzo Di Boniventura then this whole [frick] up makes perfect sense.
This was they guy who made sure that Frank Welker never got to play Megatron.

When Lorenzo met Frank Welker he approached Frank and said.......So I understand you use to play Megatron in the Cartoon.
Frank Welkers response was.....Yes! I also use to play Starscream, Sound wave, Sky warp Frenzy and Ravage. I am MEGATRON!...............Lorenzo walked away from him and left Frank holding his dick in his hand. Yeah Bay was made to say that he didnt want Welker as Megatron and now they are trying to rectify this mistake by allowing Welker to play Soundwave.
Doesnt it seem pretty [frick]in Stupid that you would bring back the hero voice of Optimus and not bring back the voice of his nemesis?

You can all thank Lorenzo for that. And later in the year we can all thank him for not knowing what the [frick] he was doing with GI-Joe.
BmanHall - 6/11/2009, 9:57 AM
@ dellamorte1872:

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LEEE777 - 6/11/2009, 9:58 AM
GI JOE WILL DO JUST FINE!!! ; )

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CANT WAIT!!! ; D


sportstar101 - 6/11/2009, 10:05 AM
damn i thought any movie with marlon wayans and dennis quad tag team would kill the box office... i guess not
BaronBubba - 6/11/2009, 10:06 AM
My predictions have been correct! Joe WILL be the summer fail flick... Man, I feel good.

::EDIT::

Is that Sienna Miller licking her shoes?

She can like MY sh... No. Never mind. Not even going there. Just... No.
Hellmont - 6/11/2009, 10:07 AM
Lorenzo's Biggest mistake was not being Born in the USA and not understanding us.
gibbyblaylock - 6/11/2009, 10:12 AM
BMAC Attack, I think you're right. Sounds like a bunch of BS concocted by some sad fanboy who wants to make it seem like a film being made based on a cartoon created to sell action figures is important. Sure, I'd like to see a GI joe movie, but if it isn't EXACTLY like some silly cartoon show I won't panic. All of these crazies posting on sites saying the movie will blow because Snake Eyes has a mouth indent in his mask or crying because Duke isn't wearing khaki are just whiney babies. No matter what, they will find fault with any movie based on any property that they had printed on their underoos when they were 8.
Newsflash: Any movie made from a property that was used to sell childrens skivvies is just fluff. To complain and cry about it is like whining about the toy in a box of lucky charms. It's just novelty. Get over it.
LEEE777 - 6/11/2009, 10:20 AM
Lol! ; )
icebergslick - 6/11/2009, 10:25 AM
Well well well......this is quite interesting news!
droopy1317 - 6/11/2009, 10:30 AM
@ leee yes, as i said it in a comment before yours, those pics explain the only reason i'm going to watch it. good job
LEEE777 - 6/11/2009, 10:33 AM
Droopy @ Yeah dude, lotsa eye candy! ; )

Though i still cant wait to see SNAKE EYES VS STORM SHADOW on the Big Screen!!! That's worth the admission alone!
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