Monday, September 10, 2007

G.I. Joe goes international

Just a quick tidbit on the G.I. Joe film.

Apparently in the script by Stuart Beattie they have decided to leave the US centric version of the Joe team and make them into a more internationally representative force...( might we even call it a coalition of the willing?) Anyhow, they have also added a backronym to G.I. Joe, expanding it to mean Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity. director Stephen Sommers has also said specifically that it is now "an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer. The property is closer in tone to X-Men and James Bond than a war film." I think we can safely assume that the Scottish arms dealer is Destro. But odd that there's no mention of Cobra Commander, eh?

The scuttlebutt over all this is of course that Paramount is worried about dealing with and representing a very pro-american agenda in an international film market. The War on Terror, is obviously very topical, but is that what we need from G.I. Joe? Maybe its a great opportunity, and maybe its a really REALLY bad idea. Either way, I think these changes are a smart move, and screw it, I'm not going to be too upset if we have to hang out more with Quick Kick than Bazooka, or they change it so Snake Eyes is from Bulgaria or wherever. Maybe it will be a more responsible film for it.

Anyhow, that's the tidbit of news. More, of course, as it develops :)

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