3D-Schmeezy. Here’s (Apparently) The Real Reason why G.I. Joe: Retaliation was Delayed for Almost a Year. SPOILERS!


Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2012) Movie Character PosterIf you weren’t shocked when Paramount decided to delay Jon Chu’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” for almost a year (9 months to be exact), then you just haven’t been following Hollywood closely enough. Studios don’t do that, especially when they’ve already spent a buttload of money to advertise the film, and with a release date weeks away. And when it comes to big, Summer event films like “Retaliation”, it’s not just about the movie — it’s also about the merchandising.

Paramount’s official reason for the delay was that it wanted to post-convert the film to 3D to better ensure the film’s box office prospects. One of the unofficial reasons had them trying to avoid the glutted Summer schedule, steering clear of bigger movies like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

And then there’s Nikki Finke over at Deadline, who claims to know the real reason for the delay. In a word: Channing Tatum.


Yup. The man who played Duke in both “G.I. Joe” films is apparently the reason why Paramount is delaying the movie. Especially in light of Tatum’s recent hits, “The Vow” and “21 Jump Street”. The article cites the fact that Tatum’s Duke (as has been long believed) actually dies in the sequel, and very early in the film. Anyone who has seen the trailers would have already suspected this, but turns out, it’s true. And if you’ve seen the film’s posters, you’ll realize that he’s hardly in them, either.

But now that Tatum has become a major box office star (I guess two hits in a roll was enough for Paramount to qualify), they have sent the film back into reshoots. If what Finke’s sources say is true, I think it’s obvious why — to resurrect Duke in “Retaliation”.

How exactly are they going to do that with the film already finished? Well, they could just go in post to delete any mention of Duke’s death, then reshoot an important scene or two to re-insert Duke back into the storyline. I guess. Man, it’s going to be a mess, isn’t it?

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I beleive it. One they were afraid they’d be eaten up by Amazing Spiderman and two they realized the person that caught flack for the first one has become an “it” guy. Why go with just The Rock when you can have The Rock and Tatum!

  • Juggernaut

    Ugh. Leave him dead! Tatum’s hip-hop Duke was one of many awful things about the first JOE film!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I agree. But for some reason when i saw him in the trailer for Retaliation with Roadblock i was like, hmmm that’s a lot better. If they can parlay that into the character and make him more of the character we know I can deal. Everything else that was bad was changed. I mean the Cobra Commander is still the same character just not played by JGL and they’ve improved on that aspect. Snake Eyes has no lips, more ninjas, taking it a bit more serious.

      Also they could easily do the Duke was in a coma thing, like in the G.I.Joe cartoon movie. Have him injured and out of comission for most of the film.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree. They definately stepped back and took a long, hard look at the first one’s flaws and remedied them. Duke is one of the staples in the cartoon and deserved to be a part of the film but their original casting was flawed. I could pick ten actors better suited for the role off of the top of my head than Tatum. What’s done is done and the film will be revised and come out next year. End of story.

  • X_p

    this is the worst thing ever!!!! i dont care what movie it is, when its finished its finished and tatum is a a)terrible actor b) is there get women into the seats c) him dying was giving this movie a set of balls it didnt have before d) hes a punk ass piss poor actor who brought down the first movie. youre telling me the rock and bruce willis now have to answer to this guy? this is the biggest croc of tish out of this franchise yet and IS reason enough not to watch anymore.

    cus really no movie has ever profited from an entire year of reshoots. this is BULLSHIT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    This is bullshit. I was sooooooo pumped for this film, now Paramout has wasted all the buzz this film has built up and postponed it NINE MONTHS?!?!? All just to reshoot scenes to resurrect Duke? I’m not gonna lie, I actually liked the first movie and thought Tatum did pretty good for what the movie was. But to make me wait an additional 9 months for him to be reinserted into the storyline…..idk, I’m startin to have a not so fuzzy feeling about this movie now……

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  • http://twitter.com/lalapoop123 lalapoop

    The Movie Test Bad to mediocre. Stop Blaming it on channing. The film was bad anyways lol

    • X_p

      o ya totally. it was always a bad but fun movie that was gonna be made of “retalitation”. no one said we were gonna get anything wed proudly put on our dvd shelves to show our moms and kids alike. but after part one sucked major balls and is only watchable with the sound off cept for the ninjas and baroness action. it was GREAT news that tatum was off the sequel (because he is such a shitty actor and was way out of place as a leader when hes just a side of ham standing in light cues) even more fun that he was gonna DIE in the movie.Sure there are also many more upgrades to look forward to but now the once fun movie that was gonna be released got pulled back because it cant stand up to the current summer hits AND its getting re-written and re-shot just to put his lame ass into the movie to get more money and more of the younger but slightly less demanding 13 year old audience to watch?

      that sucks out the soul and fun any project.