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Most of the GI Joe cast loses the battle to return for the sequel

03.04.2011

Yes, it’s another sequel no one ever asked for, and it looks like GI JOE 2 is slimming down quite a bit from its first blockbuster effort.

It’s already lost director Stephen Sommers in favor of Justin Bieber’s NEVER SAY NEVER director Jon Chu, and now according to one of its stars, it’s losing most of the original cast as well.

From Scarlett O’Hara (Rachel Nichols) comes this tweet:

“GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW and DUKE.”

So that would be Ray Park, Lee Byung-hun and Channing Tatum respectively, meaning Nichols herself has been cut from the roster. So this would also mean no more Cobra Commander or Destro, nor the rest of the Joe good guy squad. I know there are a million different characters in the universe to choose from, but was it necessary to strip the cast this bare?

It’s probably due to budget costs, as the first film didn’t make ass tons of cash, which would also explain the Bieber director Chu coming aboard. But I’m barely convinced this is going to stay out of the straight-to-DVD bin at this point, as out of every franchise being sequelized these days, GI JOE’s fanbase can’t be terribly large compared to most.

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Extra Tidbit: Then again they keep making RESIDENT EVIL and FAST AND THE FURIOUS movies, so who knows.
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12:18AM on 03/08/2011
At this point, why not just scrap everyone and completely reboot? Seriously, as a fan of the first, this is unbelievably stupid.
At this point, why not just scrap everyone and completely reboot? Seriously, as a fan of the first, this is unbelievably stupid.
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12:54AM on 03/07/2011

Tatum

Channing Tatum and Wayans both ruined that movie or should I say made it worse, Movie could have been so much more, but they really Fucked it up, especially the casting
Channing Tatum and Wayans both ruined that movie or should I say made it worse, Movie could have been so much more, but they really Fucked it up, especially the casting
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9:29PM on 03/06/2011
Bad news.

Reboot this franchise.
Bad news.

Reboot this franchise.
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1:49AM on 03/06/2011

THANK YE GODS!

You know, the second I walked out of the theater after seeing GI Joe, the very first thing I said was, "God I hope they make a sequel. I really need to spend more money on this monkey-fighting turdfest of a franchise!" Then the very next thing I said was, "And when they make a sequel, they better get RID of Rachel Nichols, and KEEP Channing Tatum! That would be the smart move!" Looks like my DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!
You know, the second I walked out of the theater after seeing GI Joe, the very first thing I said was, "God I hope they make a sequel. I really need to spend more money on this monkey-fighting turdfest of a franchise!" Then the very next thing I said was, "And when they make a sequel, they better get RID of Rachel Nichols, and KEEP Channing Tatum! That would be the smart move!" Looks like my DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!
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11:35AM on 03/05/2011

Stillborn

Hope the sequels go straight to video/DTV.
Hope the sequels go straight to video/DTV.
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1:23AM on 03/05/2011
R-R-Reboot!
R-R-Reboot!
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12:34AM on 03/05/2011
Now I have no reason to watch this on Netflix for gratuitous Rachel Nichols when I'm half in the bag after midnight three years from now.
Now I have no reason to watch this on Netflix for gratuitous Rachel Nichols when I'm half in the bag after midnight three years from now.
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10:41PM on 03/04/2011
I WAS excited for this sequel until now. It may as well be a reboot now, since there's no way to continue the story of the first without all those characters. But not even general hawk is back? Is there even going to be a squad for Duke to fight with?
I WAS excited for this sequel until now. It may as well be a reboot now, since there's no way to continue the story of the first without all those characters. But not even general hawk is back? Is there even going to be a squad for Duke to fight with?
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10:39PM on 03/04/2011
Reboot it.
Reboot it.
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10:38PM on 03/04/2011
I WAS excited for this sequel until now. It may as well be a reboot now, since there's no way to continue the story of the first without all those characters. But not even general hawk is back? Is there even going to be a squad for Duke to fight with?
I WAS excited for this sequel until now. It may as well be a reboot now, since there's no way to continue the story of the first without all those characters. But not even general hawk is back? Is there even going to be a squad for Duke to fight with?
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8:29PM on 03/04/2011
Ok? So what the fuck is this movie going to be about then? GI Joe: Extreme?

I'm calling bullshit on this one, sorry....
Ok? So what the fuck is this movie going to be about then? GI Joe: Extreme?

I'm calling bullshit on this one, sorry....
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8:03PM on 03/04/2011
I love Lee Byung-hun, and it really sucks that he's stuck in such a crappy franchise stateside.
He's like the Johnny Depp of South Korea.
I love Lee Byung-hun, and it really sucks that he's stuck in such a crappy franchise stateside.
He's like the Johnny Depp of South Korea.
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7:26PM on 03/04/2011
What a bunch of crap. Are they actually expecting Tatum to carry this franchise? Did we learn nothing from 2 Fast 2 Furious? Why even bother keeping this franchise going if you aren't using most the characters from the earlier film. This reeks of Superman 3. Disappointed.
What a bunch of crap. Are they actually expecting Tatum to carry this franchise? Did we learn nothing from 2 Fast 2 Furious? Why even bother keeping this franchise going if you aren't using most the characters from the earlier film. This reeks of Superman 3. Disappointed.
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7:23PM on 03/04/2011
Get Bieber in and rename it 'G.I. Justin', it'll make a shit-ton.
Get Bieber in and rename it 'G.I. Justin', it'll make a shit-ton.
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7:12PM on 03/04/2011

& not that i expect real research...

its shana o'hara, not scarlett o'hara.
yep thats right, geek on the keyboard.
its shana o'hara, not scarlett o'hara.
yep thats right, geek on the keyboard.
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7:10PM on 03/04/2011

congratulations to all of you...

...who never miss an opportunity to type "GI Joe movie sucked"...youve had your daily bread now. move on to some other subject huh.
...who never miss an opportunity to type "GI Joe movie sucked"...youve had your daily bread now. move on to some other subject huh.
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6:48PM on 03/04/2011
This is what happens when you have idiot screenwriters ignore the source material. First one deserved to flop and hopefully they wait a few years and hire someone who can actually write a Joe story the right way.
This is what happens when you have idiot screenwriters ignore the source material. First one deserved to flop and hopefully they wait a few years and hire someone who can actually write a Joe story the right way.
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6:05PM on 03/04/2011
The first was the only movie I have seen in a cinema where I spent more time counting all the little lights down the theatre aisle than looking at the screen. I cant believe they are even considering doing a sequel to that rubbish. But I guess after all, it is Hollywood...
The first was the only movie I have seen in a cinema where I spent more time counting all the little lights down the theatre aisle than looking at the screen. I cant believe they are even considering doing a sequel to that rubbish. But I guess after all, it is Hollywood...
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5:17PM on 03/04/2011
The fanbase is large...and equally comparable to another other franchise. We just wanna see a more pure incarnation of the mythology here, not whatever this movie is going to be.
The fanbase is large...and equally comparable to another other franchise. We just wanna see a more pure incarnation of the mythology here, not whatever this movie is going to be.
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4:19PM on 03/04/2011

Booo.

Didnt think the first movie deserved a sequal.
Didnt think the first movie deserved a sequal.
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5:42PM on 03/04/2011
I didn't think the first film deserved to be made.
I didn't think the first film deserved to be made.
3:56PM on 03/04/2011
That sucks. You missed a chance to feature a photo of Rachel Nichols.
That sucks. You missed a chance to feature a photo of Rachel Nichols.
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3:42PM on 03/04/2011

DAMN IT!

I'm in the minority that actually loved the first flick and I think they're missing a golden opportunity here. How in the hell are at least Heavy Duty, Scarlett, Breaker and Hawk not returning? And wasn't the point of the 1st movie's ending to setup that Cobra Commander was going to become the big bad for the sequel? What about that Zartan was the president now? They are screwing those of us that actually liked it for sure.
I'm in the minority that actually loved the first flick and I think they're missing a golden opportunity here. How in the hell are at least Heavy Duty, Scarlett, Breaker and Hawk not returning? And wasn't the point of the 1st movie's ending to setup that Cobra Commander was going to become the big bad for the sequel? What about that Zartan was the president now? They are screwing those of us that actually liked it for sure.
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10:39PM on 03/04/2011
I totally agree! I loved the first, and it had so much story left to continue.
I totally agree! I loved the first, and it had so much story left to continue.
10:41PM on 03/04/2011
I totally agree! The first one left so much story to be continued, it's a shame it's going this way.
I totally agree! The first one left so much story to be continued, it's a shame it's going this way.
12:28PM on 03/06/2011
Wow, how the fuck can you enjoy the first one? It was so fucking long, drawn out and boring! All the actors were on auto pilot, the CGI was terrible, seriously, tell me, what was good about the movie????
Wow, how the fuck can you enjoy the first one? It was so fucking long, drawn out and boring! All the actors were on auto pilot, the CGI was terrible, seriously, tell me, what was good about the movie????
2:49PM on 03/04/2011
yup.. this sequel will bomb.. and much like Fantastic Four it'll be rebooted in 3 years.
yup.. this sequel will bomb.. and much like Fantastic Four it'll be rebooted in 3 years.
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4:59AM on 03/05/2011
FF reboot is in production hell, we wont see another FF movie untill Marvel gets the rights back.
FF reboot is in production hell, we wont see another FF movie untill Marvel gets the rights back.
2:49PM on 03/04/2011
The title of this article makes no sense. Proof read.
The title of this article makes no sense. Proof read.
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5:41PM on 03/04/2011
Shouldn't it read "Most of G.I. JOE cast wins the battle to not have to return for the sequel"?
Shouldn't it read "Most of G.I. JOE cast wins the battle to not have to return for the sequel"?
7:35PM on 03/04/2011
Have a shave.
Have a shave.
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2:44PM on 03/04/2011
Wow, Duke. the one guy we would have happily left behind.
Wow, Duke. the one guy we would have happily left behind.
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2:34PM on 03/04/2011

Good

Fuck this movie.
Fuck this movie.
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2:09PM on 03/04/2011

G.I. SCHMO!

Why even bother making a sequel? The 1st one was horrible and bombed at the box office! Put the money to another project! Fricken studio heads, always f**king with the system! If you don't have the money scrap it!!!
Why even bother making a sequel? The 1st one was horrible and bombed at the box office! Put the money to another project! Fricken studio heads, always f**king with the system! If you don't have the money scrap it!!!
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1:37PM on 03/04/2011

What?!

No Baroness, no Scarlett? I'm out!
No Baroness, no Scarlett? I'm out!
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1:37PM on 03/04/2011
They're keeping Tatum? Ugh. He ruined the movie for me. I didn't think it was that horrible, beyond him.
They're keeping Tatum? Ugh. He ruined the movie for me. I didn't think it was that horrible, beyond him.
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12:45PM on 03/04/2011
Why would you get rid of the best part of the first (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)?
Why would you get rid of the best part of the first (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)?
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2:49PM on 03/04/2011
Because he has better shit to do now. Thankfully.

But you're right, he is the one person who knew he was in pure cheese (aside from Brendan Fraser in his brief cameo)and he played up his camp value to such a ridiculous degree. I loved that gait he had so much. That is about all the good I have left to say about GI Joe.
Because he has better shit to do now. Thankfully.

But you're right, he is the one person who knew he was in pure cheese (aside from Brendan Fraser in his brief cameo)and he played up his camp value to such a ridiculous degree. I loved that gait he had so much. That is about all the good I have left to say about GI Joe.
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12:26PM on 03/04/2011
No Baroness, no deal.
No Baroness, no deal.
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12:22PM on 03/04/2011
Have people already forgotten who was hired to write this? For a little while it was like a fanboy wet dream to have the zombieland guys write this. Then they hire a guy that directed 3 movies you've probably never seen but automatically deplore, maybe with good reason because seriously, a justice beaver movie is a shit idea, and all of a sudden everyone jumps on the hate wagon.
This is actually good news to me. They got rid of 90% of a cast that sucked and kept the two best parts of the first
Have people already forgotten who was hired to write this? For a little while it was like a fanboy wet dream to have the zombieland guys write this. Then they hire a guy that directed 3 movies you've probably never seen but automatically deplore, maybe with good reason because seriously, a justice beaver movie is a shit idea, and all of a sudden everyone jumps on the hate wagon.
This is actually good news to me. They got rid of 90% of a cast that sucked and kept the two best parts of the first movie, snake eyes and storm shadow. Honestly I love me some JGL, but his cobra commander fucking SUCKED. Go ahead and bring the thumbs down but you know I'm right.
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12:18PM on 03/04/2011
The GI Joe fan base is actually quite large. There is a whole network of collectors from all around the world who gather at the GI joe convention every year. I would say most of us are pissed off. The year the movie came out the convention was here in Kansas City, where I was able to meet Larry Hama, the original writer and creator of the GI joe we know from the '80's. I told him to his face how disappointed I was with the GI Joe movie. If you could find the right person to direct, and
The GI Joe fan base is actually quite large. There is a whole network of collectors from all around the world who gather at the GI joe convention every year. I would say most of us are pissed off. The year the movie came out the convention was here in Kansas City, where I was able to meet Larry Hama, the original writer and creator of the GI joe we know from the '80's. I told him to his face how disappointed I was with the GI Joe movie. If you could find the right person to direct, and tweak the cast this franchise could be rebooted, and an amazing film could come from it. Sadly, nobody in hollywood is reading the original GI joe Comics, and the current people who are running Hasbro are a bunch of clowns who don't know what to do with GI joe in any way shape or form. For true fans of GI Joe, this is quite sad. We were waiting for decades for a good live action version, and what we got was average at best, and now it will just become a punchline. Shame on Hasbro for letting Paramount do this to GI joe. This franchise needs Bryan Singer in the worst way. You need a director who can direct ensembles, and is youthful enough to remember GI joe from his childhood, but is also smart enough to realize that there are die hard fan's you need to please.
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12:18PM on 03/04/2011
They could be opting out on Scarlet in favor of Lady J (who was the other main Joe female). That way they can bring in someone else (see cheaper).

Fingers crossed on the Sgt. Slaughter appearance.
They could be opting out on Scarlet in favor of Lady J (who was the other main Joe female). That way they can bring in someone else (see cheaper).

Fingers crossed on the Sgt. Slaughter appearance.
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12:15PM on 03/04/2011

Hmmmm...

Perhaps it is a prequel, serving as a backdoor reboot ala Batman Begins.

Keeping the actors for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is a great idea. But lose meathead Tatum Channing.
Perhaps it is a prequel, serving as a backdoor reboot ala Batman Begins.

Keeping the actors for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is a great idea. But lose meathead Tatum Channing.
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12:06PM on 03/04/2011

You missed one

I'm hardly ever a proponent for this, but can we recast duke? Like with someone good? Just putting it out there. Most of the cast didn't kill me, it was just the writing, duke, and snake eyes weird lips.
I'm hardly ever a proponent for this, but can we recast duke? Like with someone good? Just putting it out there. Most of the cast didn't kill me, it was just the writing, duke, and snake eyes weird lips.
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12:04PM on 03/04/2011
McCaulay Culkin for Serpentor!!! In all seriousness, who friggin' cares???
McCaulay Culkin for Serpentor!!! In all seriousness, who friggin' cares???
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12:02PM on 03/04/2011
It loses me, the women were the highlights of the flick and to lose them hurts it.
It loses me, the women were the highlights of the flick and to lose them hurts it.
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11:58AM on 03/04/2011
rachel nichols and jgl were the best parts of the original so if they are gone then i dont have much desire to see a sequel.
rachel nichols and jgl were the best parts of the original so if they are gone then i dont have much desire to see a sequel.
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11:54AM on 03/04/2011

Maybe....

Maybe its a prequel?
Maybe its a prequel?
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