Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Talk G.I. Joe 2 Script, Director Switch

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I think most people who have read this site for more than a day and read at least two of my reviews know that I’m pretty easy when it comes to studio-created action movies, especially the ones geared for Summer release. For instance, I still find it very silly that people complain about the plot or story of Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, a movie about giant alien robots from outer space fighting it out on Earth. My only problem with “Fallen” was that some of its action tended to drag on for too long, but “story” was not one of its issues for me.

Even by this admittedly very low standards, I still found Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” to be, shall we say, lacking. With such a bad first movie, the second one can only be better, right? I mean, it can’t get any worst, can it?

According to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, he’s very optimistic about the sequel, thanks to what he calls “a really great idea” in the script by “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He tells MTV:

There is a really great idea in the second ‘G.I. Joe.’ In many ways, it’ll be great for the people who saw the first one, but you don’t need to have studied every element of the first one to enjoy the second. We’ve made sure that that’s the case.

Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor. You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film.

Goldner also confirmed that the first movie’s director Stephen Sommers won’t be back to helm the sequel. Well, he confirmed it by not confirming it, which in this case is the same as confirming it. Plus, he also says that “numerous directors are currently in consideration” to direct the sequel, so that settles that.

The first movie didn’t get much right, but it did get two things right. Am I right, ladies?

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

    Rule#1- No LIPS on Snake Eyes
    Rule#2- NO LIPS ON SNAKE EYES!!!!
    Rule#3- Give Baroness an accent. The actress playing her has a british accent even, hell let her use that.

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

      It really boggles the mind why they gave him lips. It’s like they’re saying, “Look, fanboys, we KNOW he doesn’t speak; but because WE know and YOU know that WE know, we’re going to give him lips anyway, because WE want to, and you can’t do a damn thing to stop us.”

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

      It really boggles the mind why they gave him lips. It’s like they’re saying, “Look, fanboys, we KNOW he doesn’t speak; but because WE know and YOU know that WE know, we’re going to give him lips anyway, because WE want to, and you can’t do a damn thing to stop us.”

  • Juggernaut

    There are so many reasons why I hated the first film. To list what they would need to do to redeem themselves would be too long. The one thing that I can tell you is that just because the first one sucked does not mean that the next one will. On the other hand you also can’t expect it that it can’t suck as much or more that the first just because the first was awful! Another thing, the director is not the only problem. A lot of times the fans seem to blame the director for a shitty movie (Stephen Sommers, McGee, Gavin Hood, Joel Schumacher). Did they have some input? Yes. But they are not entirely at fault. The studio, producers, writers and cast are also to blame. Sommers has delivered several well done pictures that have made a boat load of money. It will take more than a new man behind the camera to pull JOE out of the crapper. I hope that they do. However, I doubt that they will.

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

      They should just get Warren Ellis to write it like he did “Resolute.” Man that was awesome and completely made up for “Rise of Cobra.” But I agree it wasn’t all on Sommers as I personally think he had the right tone, but the script was badly written. I also think that the casting was pretty decent too, eben Marlon Wayans wasn’t completely annoying when he was in action mode. I think if they keep then tone and the cast, get a better script and get into the story proper now that the origin is out of the way, some really cool things can be done.

      ON a sidenote: I know alot of people had an issue with the Scarlet/Ripcord relationaship. Some cause they’e diehard continuity fans and think she should be with Snake Eyes. Others are hardcore toon fans and say he should’ve been with Duke. I personally don’t agree with either. This was a new universe and so things changed and people ended up with other people. I persoanlly think the Duke Barroness thing was ok…until they threw in mind control. Then I was just like aw man, really? But the jilted lover/vengeful sister thing I could deal with. Plus it’d set up an interesting love triangle later between Baroness, Destro, and Duke. But I’d rather it not happen now cause of the mind control. As for Snake Eyes, he’s currently partnered with a character known as Helix in the comics. A badass opperative, with skills to match Snake Eyes own, I say why not just bring her in and have her be his love interest. Similar backgrounds and similar methods would make em perfect.