Update On All Things G.I. Joe - Release Date, Casting, Storyline
Ever since news about a G.I. Joe movie hit over the summer, the project has been gaining quite a bit of attention and early buzz. It's one of the numerous 80's franchises that are being adapted into a film in the next few years, along with He-Man, Thundercats, and Voltron. A couple of exciting updates have arisen in regards to the G.I. Joe movie in the last few days, including a 2009 release date and the first casting announcement! What actor would you guess has been cast?
Oddly enough, the first person to be announced in G.I. Joe is British actress Sienna Miller, who will play the film's female lead, described as a raven-haired baroness and sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage. The release date has also been set for August 7th, 2009, a late summer opening 20 months from now. Thankfully that's enough time for the Writers Guild strike to smooth over and a script to be finished. However, the contract for the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild end next summer, which may conflict with production on G.I. Joe.
It was rumored via IESB back in October that George Clooney might be taking on the lead role, but that hasn't solidified yet. No other cast has been confirmed on the film. G.I. Joe will be directed by Stephen Sommers, of The Mummy and Van Helsing. The script was written originally by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Collateral, 30 Days of Night) and has been revised by other writers recently.
The film is scheduled to start production in February. Hasbro, the toy makers who originally introduced the G.I. Joe line, released a statement a month back about the film clarifying some of the facts regarding it. True G.I. Joe fans might want to read this, because like with Transformers this summer, Hasbro fully supports the films that are based off of their toys.
Hasbro's G.I. Joe Team wanted to take this opportunity to clarify some of the facts regarding the G.I. Joe live-action movie that we are developing with Paramount Pictures.
First and foremost, we are not changing what the G.I. Joe brand is about. The name "G.I. Joe" will always be synonymous with bravery and heroism.
The G.I. Joe brand has enjoyed a successful 43-year history, spanning two key generations. The first was the line of 12-inch "realistic military" figures that were popular with kids in the 1960s and 1970s.
The second generation, was created in 1982, and is based on a cast of fictional heroes and villains that make up the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" fantasy. The premise of this fantasy is the story of the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke, and their "fight for freedom wherever there is trouble" against the evil Cobra Commander and his Cobra force. This storyline was an instant hit with kids in the early 1980s, spawning a highly popular 3-3/4-inch action figure line, comic book collection and animated series.
This movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.
G.I. Joe is a very important property to Hasbro and we thank all of our fans for their enthusiasm. Without all of you, the brand would not be where it is today.
I'm still wondering whether this will be good or not. Stephen Sommers isn't the greatest director; The Mummy is an all-time personal favorate but the sequel (also directed by Sommers) is one of the worst movies ever made and Van Helsing isn't great, although I did like it. Casting Sienna Miller as a lead female, though, makes me question whether this is going to be a cheesy Hollywood love story G.I. Joe or something else. What do you think?