G.I. Joe To Be An Origin Film?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

gijoe G.I. Joe To Be An Origin Film?It looks like G.I. Joe will be an origin movie, to help explain why Destro’s got the metal head look, among other things. According to Access Hollywood, director Stephen Sommers promises that newbies to G.I. Joe will enjoy the film thanks to the origin story, while die hard fans will get to learn more about their beloved favorite characters.

Don’t expect this to be a hardcore, realistic war film. The filmmakers are making a movie that’ll be fun and probably over-the-top, featuring all our favorite Joes and Cobras.

Recent photos surfaced showing actors Channing Tatum as Duke and Sienna Miller as a pre-Baroness Baroness. Us fans were a little worried about Miller’s appearance, since she had blonde hair in the photo. So are we getting a blonde Baroness?


No! According to Miller, she wears a black wig, along with the Baroness’ usual leather outfit and guns. Nice! (Hint to the filmmakers: official photos!)

After the images of Snake-Eyes showed up, I couldn’t help but get more pumped for the film. I’d love to see a film that’s nothing but fun, that’ll make me happy that I spent too much time in front of the TV watching G.I. Joe as a kid.

One more thing, the producers may even slip in the famous line that would show up in the then-mandatory, post-show PSAs (public service announcements): “Now you know, and knowing’s half the battle.” G.I. JOE! (A real American Hero, fighting Cobra and Destro!) Whoops, sorry I couldn’t resist. The movie opens next year from Paramount Pictures.

Source: Access Hollywood (hat tip: Ain’t It Cool News)

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  1. “It looks like G.I. Joe will be an origin movie, to help explain why Destro’s got the metal head look.”

    Which leads to the question: Are they discarding the ancestral mask as an explanation? Still, it sounds like this one will be faithful to the source material.

    Too bad not all movies based on toylines can get the same treatment.

  2. Wait a tic. I followed the cartoon when I was a kid, but how did Destro get the metal head look? What’s this ancestral mask business. (Thanks for saving me the trip to Wikipedia.)

  3. Heehee get ready to have your GI Joe memories destroyed.

  4. One thing I’ve mentioned before and forgot to mention here is that they’re following the comics more, hence their hiring of long-time 1980s GI Joe comics writer Larry Hama. I didn’t read that, but I’m guessing maybe that’s where the mask came in?

    heath

  5. Origin film. Ug. The origins take up 1/3 to 1/2 the film and then we’re left with a time crunched, hurried up storyline wrap up, or at least that’s my take on it.

    I’m not always unhappy with origin spins, but for the most part, it takes a real crafted genius to make them work and with so many characters involved, eek, I worry.

  6. Larry Hama is the real deal. GI JOE at Marvel ran for 155 issues, and Hama wrote them all from issue 1 (if he didn’t, he came very close). He also wrote the GI JOE action figure file cards. The way I understand it, Hasbro asked Marvel Comics to create the bad guys (Cobra, obviously) for GI JOE, and Larry Hama got the job after literally every other writer at Marvel turned it down.

    The result of all of this is that Hama and the GI JOE comic became the main driving force of the toys and the cartoon, not vice versa (although the cartoon had it’s own separate ending in the GI JOE animated movie). They springboarded off each other. Hasbro would create some characters, Hama would create some, they would eventually become toys, etc.

    I’m not saying if you went back to the Marvel Comics GI JOE series that you would be blown away, but because of this one writer for the entire series, it had a consistency of tone — along with big reveals that actually WERE planned for 50 issues instead of just retconned — that no other Marvel title could touch. It became the best selling comic book of the entire industry, and I think it still holds some records due to the sheer volume of reprints that were done for Toys R Us and other retailers.

    Larry Hama involved with the new movie is as good news as good news gets. It’s like when they announced Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark.

  7. This is going to be one of the SILLIEST movies to EVER be released. WORSE than Charlie’s Angels, and that is pretty damn bad!!!

  8. i hope they keep the relevance in showing the subtle psychology of these themes. and if they don’t the coolness and the cgi should well make up for just about everything. yo joe!

  9. Is it just me or is anyone else wondering if anyone in this movie will be wearing ‘real’ military uniforms? The pictures so far look more like a s.w.a.t. team.