G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra director fired, editor salvaging
It's hard to believe that G.I. Joe even got made for me, it's like making an Action Man film, it works for the audience who played with the figures, but not for anyone else, and that means that the G.I. Joe films don't really have a huge worldwide coverage, and there's the worldwide feeling towards an all-American team saving the world.
Now, after seeing the trailers, it seems it's hard to believe that the film is having such a hard time, after all they looked as action packed as any other action film out there, it's packed with stars, and there's a strong list of talent behind it.
Then today I read the alleged story about the Stephen Sommers sacking from the production of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra after it received the worst test screenings ever in the history of Paramount, now those are the words of an anonymous poster over at the Don Murphy – Transformers producer, not a G.I. Joe producer – forum boards through Latino Review (hey, I do link to all my source stories!), so bear that in mind as we delve into their comments.
It seems as though after that screening Stephen Sommers was asked to leave the the film with the pointed finger a la Alan Sugar. He was gone.
Then Stuart Baird, who we've heard of before coming in as an Equalizer editor, a man who can fix a film and turn it around in the editing room without the need for costly reshoots, new directors, and such.
There then follows plenty of more shenanigans and the return of Stephen Sommers to the film, but not into the editing room where Baird was, and is, still hard at work.
The poster believes that the problem lies with the producer not knowing and understanding the project, and the director Stephen Sommers being chosen for the film. Meanwhile El Guapo tends to agree, but does give the warning of let's not say it's rubbish until we've seen it.
That is perfectly true. Let's not destroy the film until we have watched it, until we see more than the few trailers we already have, because if you ask me, a guy from Scotland with no care for G.I. Joe or Action Man, the trailers look good. No, not Citizen Kane, not even Catch Me If You Can or The Mummy, both of which weren't bad films, more just a straight up action entertainment film.
That's one of the things I wonder about the film, are the studio too caught up in trying to deliver the American audience their G.I. Joe film and forgetting worldwide sales? Is the film in for a huge bomb abroad, even bigger than the one that this story suggests it's about to hit in the U.S.?
Also, let's remember that this anonymous poster is posting on the forum boards of a Transformers film, and that only a test screening audience has seen the film. Keep your rumour helmets on and biased boards up, this might not be all it seems.
Regardless of what's happening on it though I've never seen the attraction of the story from a non-American point of view. Is an all-American team of soldiers saving the world really going to work? Still, the trailers look fun.