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Jon Chu To Direct GI JOE 2!

Nordling here.

Looks like Paramount's found its director for the new G.I. Joe film.  It was between F. Gary Gray and Jon Chu, according to Deadline, and I'd imagine that it was the box office success of JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER that was the deciding factor, because Jon Chu got the gig.  It's not certain yet if the film will be  in 3D, but I'd imagine that it would be since Chu's familiar with the process.  I enjoyed the first film.  It was goofy and fun, everything a GI JOE movie is supposed to be.  I don't know what direction Chu will take the franchise, but if we get Joseph Gordon-Levitt back as Cobra Commander, I'm there.  Channing Tatum and Ray Park too.

As far as the Justin Bieber film goes, I'm a firm believer of Roger Ebert's credo that "a film is not about what it is about, but how it is about it."  You may not have found the subject matter interesting enough, but a good filmmaker can make a great film from any subject matter.  I'm not saying NEVER SAY NEVER is a great film because I haven't seen it, but many reviewers that I follow did like it for what it was.  For them, as a film, it's successful.  

If a film tells its story in an engaging manner, it could be about anything, like, say, a startup Internet company, or three organ donor kids, or childhood toys.  We here at AICN are believers in film advocacy, and we want every film to be great when we sit down in that darkened theater, with the empty screen full of potential.  Every film deserves that.

I wish Jon Chu the best in his new project and I look forward to seeing it.

Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Yo Joe?

    by Nick

    Probably not. Oh well.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    No thanks

    by antmanx68

    I very much doubt this will be less shitty than the last shitty one. Pass.

  • Can't wait. *cough, cough.*

  • ...that was the deciding factor" Oh yeah. This is going to ROCK. *cough, cough*

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    if there is one film michael bay is perfect for its joe

    by ORIONgods

    and wait jon chu the guy behind step up 3-D............. cool?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    The first one was so horrible...

    by Barrymore

    ...all it was missing was Triumph in a Cobra uniform repeatedly saying "I poop on your childhood!"

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    GI Blows

    by kiwicanuck

    Perhaps it's unfair to judge a movie having not seen it to the end. Then again if you can't bear to see it to the end, that must say something. I found the first to be a haphazard mess that seemed to be made by a committee who were never QUITE on the same page. It's a prime example of what's worst about so many Hollywood blockbusters - all flash, no substance, and a nonsensical plot peppered with hammily acted, uninteresting characters. See: Transformers 1 and 2. Of course I hate everything the director's done otherwise. As I said though, maybe the last 40 minutes or so pulled the movie together in a way that melted eyeballs and brains. It would have to to make up for the first hour of absolute swill.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I can't judge...

    by TDH1138

    ... because I won't see "Never Say Never". I also enjoyed the first JOE movie because I went in with such LOW expectations. I LOVED JOE as a kid and felt I needed to see it. I'm also friends with a key cast member and felt out of obligation to see it. So long as that person will be in this sequel, I'll be there. I'll give it a chance. You never know.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Yet another Bieber plus...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...from the pedos at AICN. (Or maybe plugS, since one is obviously a butt plug.)

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I liked the first.

    by Darth_Kaos

    But I did wait for it to be on netflix. It was a fun movie, and I thought it was very entertaining. People who hate the movie can never explain why intellectually. The plot was straight forward, the actors all did a decent job (including Wayans), and I thought the action scenes were spot on (has anyone seen the cartoon?). That's what the movie was, a live action cartoon. I think it succeeded. It was a very good popcorn movie. But since Nolan didn't direct it, it's a piece of shit. Listen, Nolan is a good director, but isn't a great director. I can name at least 50 flaws with TDK, and I thought Inception was a long draw out borefest with nothing to say. I liked the idea, but the execution was weak. If that idea was in hands of another, it would of been better.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    That's such a fucking stupid reason to pick Chu

    by D.Vader

    Oh! A documentary about the hottest Teen music star made a shitload of money, so he MUST know how to make an action blockbuster better than that guy who made the Italian Job! Duurrr. Stupid fucking suits.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Primarily, it's stupid and poorly acted and doesn't have a likable character to sympathize with or root for. There's been more in depth discussions than that of course (that's just the root), so I don't think it's fair to say the detractors can never argue intellectually what's bad about it.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    It cant be any worse than the first one...

    by Jobacca

    I cant believe ANYONE liked or can defend that first piece of shit. They've already hit rock bottom...this sequel has nowhere to go but up. That being said,they'll still fuck it up.

  • Fuck. Me.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Did Nordling

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Just say he wanted Channing Tatum in the sequel??? Jesus Christ, AICN has totally lost the plot.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Why does GIJOE have to be "Goofy and Fun"?

    by MajorBludd

    It's about Special Forces vs Terrorists. The cartoon was a little wacky at times, but so was Batman and Transormers. At least give it the Transformers treatment.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    There is decent material there

    by MajorBludd

    Some of the cartoon episodes weren't all that "goofy" and the comic book certainly wasn't. It could be a fun action adventure in the vein of Star Trek 2009 for example. The original concept was based off of Marvel's SHIELD mixed with the design of the Star Wars toys. I just don't understand the thinking here.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Paying to see this would be a mistake

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Why anyone would want to pay just to see someone essentially piss on their childhood is beyond me.

  • some channel on DTV has been airing the old G.I. Joe cartoons late at night and i've been DVRing them like it's my fucking job. they are so good and badass, every episode has at least two awesome action sequences in it and the Joe's personalities and characters are friggin classic. also Cobra and all his minions are amazing villians, the Dreadnoks for christ sake. And Destro was so badass. man, that show is awesome and it deserved such a better treatment then this shit. Channing Tatum as Duke? seriously? and he's not blonde or wearing a khaki shirt and green pants? come on, mang.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    John Chu had better put BIG LOB in this gi joe2.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Make your move.

  • Which means he though he did a decent job in the first one? Shit, Nordling, way to throw your credibility out the window. And way to make a sideways explanation for why aicn keeps reporting on Bieber news that not one SINGLE reader of yours cares for.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by GigaMach

    Movies about toys are movies made to make money, but this choice isn't doing the franchise any favors, since it's supported by older fans that want more of what they had as kids - and I'm one of them. I enjoyed the first GI Joe movie, but it was nowhere near a "great" movie, and the main draws for me are the two characters they kept as close to pure as possible - Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. The Baroness was a close third, but they screwed up her backstory so much as to be just a mirror image...granted, a mirror image in tight leather. I'll wait for pics, but c'mon. John Chu? Not a good start, Hasbro Marketing Dudes.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    ... it can't be any worse than the first. I enjoy a mindless romp as much as the next nerd, but found G.I. JOE insufferably dumb and boring. Snake Eyes was neat, and JGL was cool. Other than that I count the first film as a complete wash. And I maintain that fight choreography has a lot in common with dance choreography, so Chu's appointment doesn't offend me.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    There was a GI Joe 1?

    by jimmy_009

    When did that happen?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    AICN on Bieber and TWILIGHT:

    by blackwood

    It's because they have their finger on the pulse of Geek Nation, and if there's one thing we love to do more than fawn over shit we love, it's shit on stuff we hate. ex. Bieber TB has 272 posts vs BODYGUARD remake at 180 vs GAME OF THRONES with 37.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Wait... what?

    by MikeTheSpike

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt was Cobra Commander in the first movie? What in the world?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Wait....someone WANTS Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe 2?

    by Voice O. Reason

    I'll be watching "GI Joe: Resolute" again instead, thanks.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I wish Resolute had become an ongoing series...

    by darthwaz1

    Wtf happened w/that? why just a one-shot deal? that cartoon was so bad-ass!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    never saw the ending of Resolute

    by stu_pickles

    is it online somewhere?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    "People who hate the movie can never explain why intellectually."

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    That's because an intellectual criticism is not necessary. We aren't talking about the 7 Pillars of Fucking Wisdom here. It was a terrible piece of shit in every regard -- end of fucking review. And Channing Tatum or whatever his dumb fucking name is is nothing more than useless shit actor and any recommendations otherwise is a great representation of one's own tastes.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST



    Whatever new pop up advertisement you are running turns my screen completely black and silent for one full minute, rendering your site unreadable, and unusable. I ( and I am sure many, many others ) will not be back until this problem is fixed. Bye.

  • ...will people now stop questioning the mere possibility of another Tron flick? I have to wonder how the toy deal worked for that last GI Joe film... It had to have sold more toys than movie tickets. If the studio got a big enough cut out of that, then they'd certainly want to do more films regardless of the quality (or mediocre box office.)

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    right now...

    by The Dread Pirate Roberts

    ... I wish Chuckles would shoot ME in the face. What was wrong with Larry Hama's storylines? GI Joe: Resolute was far superior to the Rise of Cobra & GI Joe: Renegades is great, but why not stick with the story that's worked for nearly 30 years. I'm too pissed to give a sh!t. Duke's ex-wife is Baroness who is Cobra Comanders brother?! Small freaking world huh? Rise of Cobra is less lame if you pretend Duke is Falcon... cause he is written (& casted) much more like Falcon. This movie will blow, just like it's predecessor.

  • About the only positive thing I can spin from this is that it offers hope to any of you out there who hope to break into the biz but all you have is a mediocre directing credit, which might not matter so long as it is for a project starring a popular celebrity of the moment.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Starring Justin Bieber as Cobra Commander.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Oh for Christ's sake!

    by shutupfanboy

    What the fuck are thinking?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Not every film deserves that.

    by Pvt. Duke

    Not every movie comes from the same place, and you don't need to respect this sack-of-shit movie all because John Chu might be good people. It will be derivitive trash, greenlighted by some money-geek whose daddy was a corporate lawyer with connections and whose assistant (future development exec) is his the sexy daughter of his old fraternity bro. Nepotism is destroying Hollywood... you can't have nepotism in a creative industry without diluting the fuck out of it. It's all too watery... just imagine what they'll be giving us three generations down the line.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by vulturess

    they should tots make beebz a member of the joes! they should make the movie a musical!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Worst possible directing choice...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    ...yeah, I plan to stay the hell away from this one. Seriously, what were they thinking???

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Gordon-Levitt was HORRIBLE as Cobra Commander

    by IndustryKiller!

    Not even acceptable as an actor purposel going over the top. His performance has zero respect for hte incredible voice work done by Chris Latta ont hat show, and was completely inferior tot hat characterization, and not because it was the same, because it was less fun and interesting. Cobra Commander was the best thing about the cartoon, and it's because he was so eccentric and flamboyant, and they should have kept that. Not to mention the horrible script making him the fucking baroness' brother

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    The first one was OK.

    by I Hope You Die

    It wasn't nearly as much of a failure in terms of plot and direction as the Star Trek movie everyone pretended to love so they wouldn't be called out as nerds. Just a mindless action movie.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    YOOOOOO... no. Just, no.

    by Wes_Reviews_

    This will be worse than Battlefield Earth. I would be money on this.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by sai_justin

    So unnecessary.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Why not get Gadhafi to direct he's "in" right now

    by Andrew Coleman

    What a pathetic move... "Oh you can put youtube videos together with concert footage. Here is a 100 million dollar action project!". Maybe they did this just so in the trailer they can have in bold letters: FROM THE BRILLIANT MIND WHO BROUGHT US JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER. Problem is by the time this movie is out Bieber will have died of a coke OD and chicks won't care anymore. Should have picked up Gray you fucking suits. Bieber connects with the lowest form of movie goer should have picked someone who can you know make an action scene. Now I don't hate on the first film, I thought it was fine. But please when defending it don't pull the "I know it's not a Nolan film..." And then claim you can find flaws in TDK and claim Inception sucked. It makes you look like a fucking tool. People who nitpick good movies don't look smart they look bitter and pathetic.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Does anybody remember the first few episodes of GI JOE?

    by Jobacca

    Where COBRA kidnaps members of Congress and is holding them hostage? And they plan to kill a hostage every hour if GI JOE doesnt do...something(I dont remember). Anyway,everytime they cut back to Destro and the hostages there were less and less hostages...meaning that Destro was executing members of Congress offscreen. There was nothing even remotrely as badass as that in the movie,and thats just one of many reasons why it failed.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Flint and Lady Jaye...

    by Harlock999

    ...better be the focus in the sequel. That's all I'm saying. Channing Tatum (Duke) and Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) had their chance, and they turned in performances with zero charisma. The best things about G.I.Joe as a kid were all of the fun (often snarky) personalities combined with goofy world domination plots that took the team all over the globe. I'm hoping the Zombieland writers can turn in a fun, engaging script this time out. And how about team uniforms that consist of various military accoutrements and colors? As opposed to black body suits for all?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Yo JOE,how about YO NO....

    by frank

    I swear to God,Hollywood is run by retards offspring.Why they passed on Gray is beyond me...

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    What a fucking, fucking waist...

    by Anti-fanboy

    again. It needed a J. J. Abrams, or Wachowski Bros, filmmakers of that caliber anyway. Fuck, Michael Bay would have been a better choice than Stephen Never More than Mediocre Sommers. Flames on Snake Eyes would have been preferable to the Cobra siblings. How great would an Edgar Wright G. I. Joe have been, with him working in more of a straight, dramatic, full-on action mode? How about recruiting some Asian talent? Like Ji-woon Kim? Christ, Lucasfilm should have bought the rights and given Spielberg a new franchise -- imagine Harrison Ford as General Hawk. Mark Hamill as Cobra Commander -- his Joker was actually very Chris Latta-esque. John McTiernan -- he could have potentially regained some of his 80's greatness with this series. Just so much lost potential.

  • it can still look modern and maybe a little futuristic if they decide to throw in some laser rifles (although they probably wouldn't work that great on the screen) without having to give the joes some ridiculous "super suit" bullshit. also didnt snake eyes have lips and nipples and fingernails and a belly button and an ass crack in his suit? that should be fixed cause none of that makes any fucking sense to me.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Justin Bieber as Cobra Commander

    by JoeSixPack

    This movie just became more irrelevant than it already was.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Bear McCreary is masturbating to this announcment

    by darthpigman

    He is literally touching himself.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by kenyonnoble

    F Gary Gray should've been the choice. In one corner you have the director of Italian Job, Set it off, Negotiator, & Law Abiding Citizen In the other we have the director of...Step Up and Justin Beiber. HUH???!!!!! This movie had a it'll suck

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I loved the first one. Why in the fuck would they change directors? Sommers made a nigh perfect movie. The fuck, man.

  • What should I do? Should I quietly find a nice spot and fire at the tower from there? Should I use our top secret hover-helicopters (of which one will pick me up after my mission is over) and fire from there? HELL NO! I'm going to bust up into the lobby of a building, fire my machine guns into the air to scare everyone, thereby alerting the authorities AND the GI JOES to my presence so that they can chase me through the building and I'm forced to fire this rocket out of an office room window. Then I'll run to the roof and be picked up by that top secret hover-helicopter I chose not to use as a firing platform. Because that just doesn't make intelligent sense, does it?

  • Another mindless, stupid decision that makes no sense when you think about it.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Sexy, flexy dancing commandos!!!!!

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    This is one of those times I completely agree with the Talkbacker consensus. F. Gary Gray obviously has years of experience directing action, gunplay and explosions. He's also good at making the most of whatever script he's given. If the first G.I. Joe has any credibility at all, it's with ppl like Nordling who can tolerate goofy. Unless you want a sequel full of dancing and glamourous posing, this Jon Chu guy is obviously a step (no pun intended) in the wrong direction.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    GI Joe: Rise of the Bieber

    by Mel

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Snake Eyes, Snake Eyes, Snake Eyes, Oh!

    by Mel

    he'll have more movie singles than Will Smith!!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    You've got to be shitting me...

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

    this will be a massive flop..FUCK!!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Have any of you actually...

    by truenotes1

    Watched an episode of G.I.Joe? Or for that matter Transformers? As much as a fan i was and still am of both, the Joe film was more faithful to the cartoon than the comics. Cobra has a weapon in this case "nanites" and plan on taking out a city if their demands arent met. They've done that time and time again in the series, be it: the M.A.S.S device, Weather Dominator, creating an "Emperor" from D.N.A from histories greates military leaders. And not to mention using rock and roll to control peoples minds, Dreadnoks as Cold Slither. All of them idiotic, but never the less FUN! And dont get me started on blocky Transformers. At least the movies made them look like they could exist in our world. On the cartoon, Spike gets out of Bumble bee and they stand side by side. Bumble bee standing a foot above Spike.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    industrykiller! - JGL Cobra Commander was dubbed

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    I was under the impression that Joseph Gordon Levitts Cobra commander was dubbed in the end by some guy that sounded like darth vadar by way of a QVC presenter.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Snake Eyes casting was the weirdest choice

    by Bass Ackwards

    Here you have a character who doesn't talk, and you never see his face, so it should be the easiest casting right? Just get, you know, ANYONE, any martial artist who is tall and has an athletic physique, or cast no one, its going to be a stunt guy most of the time anyways so just let it be a series of stuntmen, whomever fits the bill for whatever particular scene was happening. There were probably 20 stuntman on set just right for this bit. But instead the filmmakers thought they needed geek cred or something and cast Ray Park? Like hey, people might remember the name from Star Wars! I'm sure the guy is a good enough actual martial artist, but in the film he just looked like the short guy who's body had to be hidden under a plastic molded physique.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Uhm... What are the Step Up ratings on Rotten Tomatoes?

    by bmcapers

    Nordling needs to at least acknowledge Chu's body of work.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Oh God...

    by Sanyi

    I enjoyed the first one. Sommers can make an entertaining popcorn-flick and now they replace him with a guy who just made a documentary about Justin fuckin' Bieber?? I mean...JUSTIN BIEBER??? Who the fuck is he? Ah...whatever. i guess it will be great *cough*

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    If Rachel Nichols takes her top off...

    by johndillingers20inchseveredcock

    ...maybe I'll put up with it. We'll probably learn she's Cobra Commander's stepmother or something. I'll bet Zartan is his brother.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Well said, Nordling! And JGL did voice CC

    by Larry Sellers

    said so himself in a few interviews. And you know what? I saw GI Joe and Transformers 2 almost back to back. And although Transformers was the better executed film (not good), it bored the shit out of me. Joe on the other hand was mindless and ham handed with NO reservations in terms of cheesiness and implausibility. Yet I wasn't bored once. I'm not going to say "turn your brain off" because that's counter productive to...everything. but I'm pretty comfortable saying that it's possible to be entertained and not engaged intellectually. It was a fun, stupid movie that I can accept for not being a condescending wreck that tried too hard to be high art. I'm not going to pick it apart because i'm sure the cast and crew knew how silly the whole production actually was. The flick itself is cognizant of its own ludicrous plot, effects, and gimmicks. It revels in its lunacy. I don't know if this sequel will be better. But it can't be worse. Either way I'm sure it'll be ridiculous, silly, and enjoyable.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    sifodyasjr is right on

    by Bass Ackwards

    Sommers, Chu, whoever, the studio isn't hiring directors, its hiring task managers. GI Joe is a brand name, the studio just wants someone who will do well in following their directions in extending that brand. There will be nothing different about this movie vs the last, the studio has a formula and its going to be followed.

  • THAT, on its own, will sell this film to a demographic that the first film missed: 12-25 y.o. females! Plain and simple. I don't know enough about Mr. Chu to know if he's really any good, but F. Gary Gray has a proven track record. The problem is that "From F. Gary Gray, ..." isn't hip enough right now to appeal to this film's needed demographic. Plus, it's been awhile for F.G.G. since he's had a PG-13 film (Be Cool - 2005???) that this demographic would have seen in theaters.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Dubbed or not, Levitt was objectively terrible

    by IndustryKiller!

    And the only reason anyone likes him is because he's so awful that they are laughing AT the movie and not with it. GI Joe should be flamboyant fun indeed, but it can still also have great set pieces and characters that aren't sub Street Fighter: the Movie, which is a much better film than GI Joe in its cheesy so-bad-its-goodness. GI Joe was a failure even on that level.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez, I agree

    by truenotes1

    I didnt go into it thinking I was going in seeing great acting, story ect. I went into it as a dumb acting movie, based on a cartoon. Which recently most movies in the summer are. I'll admit i enjoyed it for its campy goofy nature. And i'm more a die hard fan of Joe than 'Formers. But i'm not gonna blame a director, Sommers or Bay for f'n my childhood like most on this site. I try and go in any movie I go and see with an open mind. I never judge a movie by a trailer or a couple of leaked pics from the set. All the movies coming out this summer could be Great or bad. Wont know until I see them for myself. PS: I def dont fit those stereotypes you listed. Lol

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    GI Joe is good clean, silly fun!

    by Charlie

    GI Joe was lots of fun to watch. It's a big action, comic book movie for a younger audience, but as an Adult I could thoroughly enjoy it on it's level. Most films like this don't work that well. Stop looking at it as if it was for adults. It's not, but it is good clean silly fun none the less. Plus Sienna Miller looks stunning in it!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Shitty Shitty Bang Bang

    by startrek

    A shitty movie based on a shitty cartoon based on a shitty toy lline. Why would anyone think that it wouldn't be shitty. It is the best live action version of Team America though.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by The_Crimson_King

    this is going to suck a whole bag of dicks, not I give a shit about GI Joe anyway

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by William

    Oh my GOD I don't care!!!

  • it's just that the actors and character designs were so awful it immediately took me away from the film. cobra's plot to hold a city ransom as well as the giant underwater battle fit perfectly with the cartoon, but the delivery just sucked. i just watched the M.A.S.S. Device episodes on my DVR and it reminded me a lot of the movie, except i liked the characters and laughed in enjoyment of the silliness of it. where as with the movie i only laughed out of embarrassment that i was actually looking at the garbage on screen followed by shaking my head in disappointment.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Can't be worse than the first one...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...wait, Channing Tatum is starring again? I take that back.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Is Tatum mildly retarded? I always half expect him...

    by FlickaPoo start rhyming things with "anybody want a peanut?", but he doesn't have 1/4 of Andre the Giant's wit, charm, and presence.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Wow... glad I never saw the first one...

    by ChickenStu

    cause I'll certainly be giving the second one a miss.

  • goggles or ear muff through the whole movie it might have even been watchable.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    i actually would've hated the script so cancel that

    by stu_pickles

    but the basic premise was fine

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Rachel Nichols reminds me of Cindy Morgan

    by stu_pickles

    Nichols should be naked in a movie soon. she is smokin

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    I agree about Bay directing Joe. he would be a great person to do one. Can't be any more fucked up than the last one.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    People liked VH1's Behind the Music but

    by krod

    you don't see those directors getting 100 million dollar franchises. Way to go dumb fucks at Paramount.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    What the fuck!

    by phifty2

    His Bieber movie made money because girls and people with bad taste like Bieber NOT BECAUSE HE IS A COMPETENT ACTION DIRECTOR! Seriously, wtf. I liked(yeah I know bring on the bad taste jokes) the first one and hoped the second would be taken seriously and respect the source material. Now. I don't care. Fuck it. Make the thing a fucking musical with dudes that have huge ropey loads dripping down their beards as they fist a shooting star and wipe shit on each others eye sacks.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    the show and especially the Joe comic kicked ass back in the day. The movie was ridiculous by comparison.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    There is a new series on HUB called GI JOE: RENEGADES. Not as adult as Resolute but still pretty good.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    As somebody who liked the first movie...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...this news just further cements the fact that I'm not going anywhere near this next one. Stephen Sommers delivered an entertaining action-adventure spectacle that was fun, but not too over-the-top. It managed to avoid the whole Bourne-traps of shaky-cam and deliberately confusing editing. Its set-pieces were imaginative, engaging and best of all, coherent. The fact that he's gone from the picture was bad enough. With this news, the weather forecast is in-- that stuff falling on your boots? It isn't rain.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    this sounds like some Rothman shit

    by Phategod100

    did Fox take over Paramount or something.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    He has a talent for making crap MTV subject matter watchable...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...And this makes him qualified to "fix" GI JOE how?!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    'It was goofy and fun, everything a GI JOE movie is supposed to be"

    by Toruk_Makto

    What the purple fuck are you talking about? It was shit.. Stir.Fried.Shit. Nordling's credibility...**poof** gone.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    "We here at AICN are believers in film advocacy, and we want every film to be great when we sit down in that darkened theater"...<BR><BR> Did Harry make you write that ? LOL<BR><BR> Probably not, but it sounded a bit defencive in relation to all the Bieber shite....Whatever.<BR><BR> We didn't get the cartoon where I grew up, but I did read the comics as a kid , they rocked , and had a totally individual vibe about them .So I guess I hoped they would inject some of that in to the film , but they didn't and it was unwatchable. I really don't remember the comics being particularly "Goofy" tbh.<BR><BR>Anyways do we really need more badly written /acted action wank in black combat suits?

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The first GI Joe movie sucked

    by xsikal

    I don't see how adding in the director of Bieber's movie is going to help anything.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    I HOPE!

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    I hope he brings the same sensibilities he had on step Up 3d to GI JOE JOE. Which is to say, none.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    they thought it was Justin Lin

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    it's not. and he would have been a mediocre choice too. as it stands you have the director of the second best step up movie directing your 100 million dollar action movie. go get em!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Is this supposed to be a improvement over Summers

    by Phategod100

  • with the box office success of Justin Bieber's movie, so I'm not sure that was the ultimate deciding factor. I haven't seen the film so maybe it's the way he shot it looks amazing in the way watching a BBC doc about chimps flinging their own shit at each other and then eating eat looks awesome. As a fan of F. Gary, I wanted him to get the gig, but since Chu is of my generation I would like to think he grew up watching the 80's cartoon and would bring that sensibility and fun to the movie.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Give Me SGT SLAUGHTER or Give Me Death!!!

    by LizardMan

    He's more powerful than ever, and doesn't need a f'ing super suit. Slaughter - the world needs you more than ever. Or The Iron Sheik.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    "I'm going to make it darker and more realistic."

    by longawayy

    Yay. Just what I wanted. More Nolan-isms.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by Shubniggorath

    Seriously, dude was in just about every episode of the cartoon! First one was a good popcorn flick. Now that they've gone the cartoon route, I'd like to see them go the Larry Hama/Marvel Comics route. But dammit, Duke was NOT an officer! The action figure packaging clearly said "First Sergeant." Duke WORKED for a living!

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I have to admit, Channing Tatum is box office poison it seems

    by D.Vader

    Wait, I mean I'm GLAD to admit that! The guy is a fucking horrible actor who doesn't deserve the roles he's gotten. His idea of getting angry is raising his voice and leaving his eyebrows intact.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    "give it the transformers treatment"

    by IceTitan

    Yeh uh.. I think that's why it sucked in the first place? Because they made it suck? Is that what the Transformers treatment is? Oh and I like the "any good director can make a film watchable with any subject matter" argument. To me (as a sports fan who occasionally listens to games on the radio) it fits in there with the argument that any good sportscaster can make any bad game interesting. I've listened to many hockey games that probably weren't that great to watch but the sportscaster made it exciting. However... So well as that argument stands up, in the end it's just another way to say somebody is a very talented turd-polisher.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Are we really supposed to be excited about this?

    by eXcommunicated

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    That was not GI Joe

    by GornPirate

    More like Accelerators: Rise of The Nano Terrorists My biggest beef with the first one is not that it's a big dumb action move it's that it just feels so generic and just sucked up all the "GI Joe" out of it. It's more of a generic comic book action movie than it is GI Joe. The producers could have changed the names and called it anything.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    1st one was a sin against mankind

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Christ that was a bad movie. And they actually had some compelling and iconic backstories from the comics to work with. Chucked them out the window for...a lot of nothing all mashed together. Channing Tatum could not have been worse as any Joe let alone "Duke." Ray Park was totally wasted, and there was just enough hint of camp about Snake Eyes' outfit to make me ill. Snake Eyes was one of the most compelling characters in my comics youth. How did they fuck him up so badly? Anyone who says "didn't you see the cartoon? It was just as dumb! They did it right!" is an idiot. Just because something is a silly cartoon in some form doesn't mean the PG-13 live action summer blockbuster film version has to be stupid. If they made a He-Man movie (another) today, would you apologists be just overjoyed to see scenes of Orko fucking up his magic and getting eggs on Man at Arms and Teela at the end giving some lame moral direct to the audience. If so, well I guess Rise of Cobra is for you after all. I don't know, I just love how there are these creative geniuses out there in Hollywood who looked at Larry Hama's work on the franchise and said, um no we don't need this we've got something better.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Don't give a fuck, worst fucking choice ever.

    by Ambush Bug

    Why would this chode even get a chance to do this film. Sorry, but the first film just barely passed as entertainment. Nothing about this choice makes the sequel seem like something worth getting behind. My childhood was fucked by stephen sommers, but at least he had some talent under his belt. Fixing a 3d camera on a guy yodelling into a mike does not make an action movie director. Fuck this movie from the start.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Step Up To Cobra 3D

    by thound3

    Hmmmmm, let's review<p> Channing Tatum, a nepotistic Wayans brother, plus the director of horrible dance films<p> Yep, recipe for success.<p> So many talented actors and directors out there, and these three F'in hacks continue to get work<p> World's not right man... world's not right.<p>

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Channing Tatum....

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    really sucks big flacid gonads.

  • Jesus, Nordling, you're never gonna make it here with *that* attitude. Take a lesson from Ambush Bug... "Fuck this movie from the start." That's the spirit!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    GI Joe I

    by nexxus7

    Was a fun popcorn movie. I enjoyed it at the theater and purchased it on itunes. Anyone expecting a grittier movie misses the point of a "family film". Anyone expecting to see guys dressed up like the Village People needs to stick with the cartoons.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    To quote Darth Vader....

    by Stalkeye


  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Dale, it's Dreadnoks.

    by Stalkeye

    and yes, the Crimson Guard and Zartan (a REAL Zartan.)would be great, but since it's chu, this franchise has gone out of the frying pan and into the fire or more like out of Brooklyn and into Newark.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    paramount doesnt give two shits about GIJoe

    by Stalkeye

    those fuckers just see dollar signs.F gary gray or FU!

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Nice work Ambush Bug

    by D.Vader


  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah, not sure why Nordling is acting excited...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    ...unless they're hoping to get a cushy set visit lined up. But then again, I didn't realize AICN had to resort to begging. Shame.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Now I'm going to have to start reading the black boxes....

    by Pvt. Duke

    .... instead of skimming over them. Who is Ambush Bug? I smell a minimeme coming on.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Man, it's sad when...

    by Anti-fanboy

    AICN has gotten so mainstream thanks to Capone, Merrick, and, especially, Nordling's vapid articles, that you wonder if AB feels the need to counter-post, in part, to maintain some semblance of geek cred for the site itself.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Nordling, we're going to have to MAJORLY agree to disagree...

    by bishopfan85

    Listen, I'm well aware that when you look back at the 1980's GI-Joe, Transformers, He-Man or any of the myriad of cartoons that were designed solely to market toys to kids there was no intensive level of "depth" or great character development going on to really expect for a movie based on these shows to be anything outside of popcorn fun. But the fact is that these shows not only proved that they can produce much more dedicated while still entertaining content (i.e. GI Joe Resolute or Transformers the (animated) movie, but that if a hundred million dollar budget is put behind these blueprints, the investment should lead to writing that indicates that research has been done on the comic books/graphic novels (which should always set the tone for any film over the cartoon) to create a film that is intelligent, sound, entertaining, still "popcorn" but more along the lines of a Matrix mixed with BlackHawk Down as opposed to "let's just make a team of one dimensional characters and tag them with memorable costumes and names and call it a movie". The first GI-Joe dropped a bigger ball than the second Transformers movie did and it looks like part 2 has straight to DVD written all over it already. I'm glad someone got to enjoy these films but personally I'll be left with my 20 year old memories of these franchises.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    GI Joe

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Was good family fun... if you are a family of drooling fucking retards.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    BIG LOB, the greatest GI Joe of all time, better be in this movie.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    If I don't see a huge tall guy sidestepping the opposition in this movie, I'm gonna be pissed.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "The producers could have changed the names and called it anything."

    by Toruk_Makto

    That's 1 point I deducted from the flick...these fucking pricks really need to learn that simply calling something a thing does not make it that thing. If that were so I could pass off my $4.99 pack of rite-aid paper plates as antique china...

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  • As soon as I started reading this that's what I started imagining. Cuz the young snake eyes in rise of cobra was a cute white kid white longish hair too. Personally I thought the first fliq was coo', I just thought that Cobra Commander should've put up more of a fight toward the end, but hopefully he gets a better mask for the new one.

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Everything a GI Joe movie should be?

    by catlettuce4

    Nordling, you poor fool. Who are you to judge anyway? What's your history with GI Joe? You watched the cartoon a few times? This already sounds way worse than the first one, which was a joke to anyone who read the comic book. You know, the excellent one written for it's entire run by the creator of all the GI Joe characters, Larry Hama, who they are not asking to write these movies for some unknown reason?

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I do kinda like the first

    by catlettuce4

    Watched it last night oddly enough. But it works better if you imagine it is a remake of Megaforce instead of a GI Joe movie. The only problem is once in a while someone mentions a GI Joe character name and then you're like "huh?" but it passes quickly and you can get back into the Megaforce fun.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I hate the "goody fun" crap excuse

    by chien_sale

    People that say have given up as human beings. Don't become a Devin from Chud.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Lest we forget...

    by badfishnbc

    The guy that directed the Fame remake has your mouths watering because of his Mortal Kombat short. Who says Chu doesn't have a similar mind for the property?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The problem with JOE as a movie was

    by WriteForTheEdit

    all of it.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    -and no...It was was not even a kinda sorta good popcorn flick

    by donkingkong

    As a kid of the 80's I cannot think of a movie I wanted to see more made into a film as GIJoe a real American Hero. That movie has never been made... I wanted a movie based around the Larry Hama Marvel mythos not the lame ass movie I suffered through. Crapty crap crap crap. Makes Transfromers 2 look like Citizen Kane.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    honestly i loved the 1st i ate my own words.

    by NorthTronic

    Snake Eyes was badd muthafuckin' ass!!! (all them wearing black kinda sucked) but it still was a fun movie! let's hope this director keeps it up (even a sliver)

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    you guys take this too seriously, like you're getting paid for it

    by NorthTronic

    get laid.