Jon Chu Talks Building A Foundation With G.I. JOE: RETALIATION And Future Films
Director Jon M. Chu talks about building a foundation for characters and story in his G.I. Joe sequel, saying that it established a different tone and reinvents many things. He also teases its effect on future installments in the series.
Speaking with GeneralJoes/WOJM at the London premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, director Jon M. Chu talks about how the sequel establishes a different tone/feel from 2009's Rise Of Cobra. He discusses the film's building a foundation for its characters, and says that the roots will lead into further character development in the future. "It is a sense of, both scared and relieved at the same time… a sense of responsibility to tell… there’s so many things about G.I. Joe, I know what the fans want, because I hear it every day. I know what they wish for, and I know what our movie has, and what it doesn’t have. What we didn’t have the ability to necessarily do yet. We’re building a foundation for a different tone, a different feel for the movie, reinventing a lot of things. But it’s just the beginning. Do we want to get more into Cobra Commander? Yes. Did we not do that enough here? For sure. But we have to build some roots before we go through all that." Chu had this to say when asked if this foundation would lead to a third G.I. Joe film. "I hope it’s the foundation for a lot of other things. I think that the G.I. Joe world is huge, I mean even including Action Man…I bet there’s an Action Man pissed that London just got destroyed and he’s going to want some vengeance. There are so many things, Cobra Island, and all the different characters , even our movie as it is is too many characters, so we’re just trying to find that balance. We had to strip a lot of stuff out, consolidate or reveal it later in the movie than we had originally planned, because we had to… adapt. There are a lot of people who have seen the first movie, a lot of people who have not seen the first movie. A lot of people who know nothing about G.I. Joe, and a lot of people who know a lot about G.I. Joe. Some people who know just about the 12” action figures." For GeneralJoes/WOJM's full interview with Chu, click the source link below.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park and Ray Stevenson. The film is set to hit theaters March 28th.
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