Many Hollywood news outlets have reported (or seem to be assuming) that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu is definitely “out” of the director’s chair for the third G.I. Joe film. While I would agree there are many signs that indicate this, Jon Chu himself reports that there is still a chance he will be working on the third Joe film.
Facebook has released a new app entitled “Mentions” which is geared towards celebrities and businesses, and last night, Chu participated in a Q & A through his Facebook page. There were many innocuous questions, but a few questions did emerge about the status of G.I. Joe 3. Chu’s responses got my attention:
By the sounds of that Facebook response, he still has a chance of being attached to G.I. Joe 3, as long as the timing is right. Sure, this could be PR talk, but it sounds like the door is at least partway open. Further down in the conversation, he is still speaking about G.I. Joe and posts the following:
Could he be referencing certain “compromises” with G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Compromises like trying to resolve the first film? Compromises like Duke’s death? Regardless, it was interesting to see Chu open up a little bit about his current status with G.I. Joe 3 and keep that door open. I for one hope it remains open, because I feel like Chu honestly loves the world and wants to do right by it.
It’s still very early in the G.I. Joe 3 production schedule, but we’re already getting some traffic from Jon Chu’s camp, mostly as a result of interviews he’s doing for the latest Justin Bieber film.
This time around, he spoke with Flickering Myth about G.I. Joe 3, and reiterated that it looks like shooting will begin this coming year and that the script is still getting nailed down. He didn’t promise it would be “bigger” than G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but he admitted that he’s got a better handle on the whole G.I. Joe “world” that he is building.
The quote I liked the most was this one:
“I don’t feel like I’ve fulfilled the promise I gave, to bring everything I love about Joe to the script. I feel like we did a lot of foundational stuff. We cleared the way. We brought the movie back to life, but at the same time, there’s so much more to do, to make it even better. I learned a lot on the last one, and I want to put that into practice and make this one even better, and make it have life for many, many movies in the future, whether I’m doing them or not.”
I think it speaks to his feelings about Retaliation (which mirror some others out there) in which he spent so much time kind of explaining and cleaning up the first film that there wasn’t necessarily enough film left over for the next leap forward. Sounds like perhaps we can expect that leap this time around.
Chu also elaborates on what happened with the proposed Masters of the Universe film and why he ended up bowing out.
Check out the full interview right here. It’s a decent read, even if there’s not a whole lot of new info.
There are several Joe fans across the web who have already experienced the wonders of G.I. Joe: Retaliation (including me), but there are still great video featurettes emerging to explore other angles of the Retaliation onslaught. Hollywood Reporter has posted a great conversation with Jon Chu and Lorenzo DiBonaventura about the 3D conversion process and the steps they had to go through in order to get the film converted and ready for a March, 2013 launch.
What’s On Joe Mind, “live” from the red carpet in London, our representatives Dave Tree (from Roll Out Roll Call and All the Cool Stuff) and Russell Sheath (contributor to Aint It Cool News) talk to DJ Cotrona, Elodie Yung, cover the Press Conference and sit down with Director Jon M. Chu himself!
An exclusive and intimate talk with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation director reveals some cool details about a potential directors’ cut of the DVD and possible content that was not in the final cut of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film! This thrilling special edition is live now on Podbean as well as embedded below.
As of late, when most of us think of Retaliation and the color red, we think of how much of a knock out Adrianne Palicki looks in that red dress she is seen wearing in the trailers. Well, red means something else when it comes to worldwide premiere’s of movies, it means the RED CARPET. We Paramount UK afforded an opportunity for our man in the UK, Dave Tree, to attend the premiere and get a spot on the side of the carpet, we couldn’t pass it up. Throw in an exclusive interview with Director Jon M. Chu, and it is a DONE DEAL! WOJM is red carpet bound. Check this show out as Justin and Gary comment on the movie and interviews, all the while throwing coverage back to London for updates from the premiere party. Music, ninjas and celebs abound! This is a CAN’T MISS special – once in a lifetime – edition of WOJM!
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is right around the corner… only mere days away! The lucky folks over in London actually got their red carpet premiere last week, and both GeneralsJoes and the What’s on Joe Mind podcast were fortunate enough to have some representatives at the London premiere.
Dave Tree from All the Cool Stuff and Russ Sheath, contributor to Aint It Cool News both very kindly offered to cover the event on our behalf, and they knocked the ball out of the friggen park! Hitting the red carpet, recording the press conference, and even getting a face-to-face interview with director Jon M Chu!
Most of the audio coverage from the red carpet and press conference event is now posted in audio format on Special Edition #26 of What’s on Joe Mind, but the interview with Jon Chu can be read below. This is was a fantastic opportunity for both the podcast and this website, and we greatly appreciate Paramount, Mr. Chu, and of course Dave and Russ for getting this all together for us. We are infinitely grateful for everyone’s participation and willingness to work with us.
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