Did Stephen Sommers Get Fired From G.I. Joe?

Uh oh. I smell a mess of “Punisher: War Zone” proportions. According to the guys over at Comicbookmovie.com, director Stephen Sommers has been essentially “fired” from his “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” movie. Luckily for all involved (sort of), the movie has been finished, and it’s now in the editing stages. But apparently the cut of “Joe” that Sommers delivered was so bad and so Godawful that it elicited the lowest test screening scores in Paramount movie history. Personally, I blame in on the accelerator suits. Read on.

CBM’s post comes from a thread on producer Don Murphy’s official board, which has since been pulled, but not before CBM was able to copy/paste the thread.

In short, the story has Sommers being banished from the editing room of “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” because of the film’s low scores via the test screenings. In his stead, the studio has brought in Stuart Baird to try to salvage the film with the studio’s input. Obviously, depending on how you view the competency of the movie studios, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. Personally, I think when movie studios get involved in the creative aspect of moviemaking, it’s usually a recipe for disaster.

The story continues, involving various people, and you can read it for yourself over at CBM. But the above is the long and short of it: Stephen Sommers is rumored to have been fired from finishing the editing work on “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra”.

This is similar to what happened with Lexi Alexander and “Punisher: War Zone”, though for some reason I don’t think a lot of fanboy movie sites will be jumping to Sommers’ defense and taking sides against the eeeeeeeeevil studios. Sommers has never really engendered a whole lot of fanboy love, though for my money, I believe the guy makes good, decent, entertaining popcorn film. Granted, the trailers for “G.I. Joe” have been lacking, but hope springs eternal.

Below: “Lowest score in Paramount history? Stupid test audiences.”