G.I. Joe
Directed by Stephen Sommers (1 & 2, 8)
Richard J. Lewis (Crossover)
Jon M. Chu (3)
D.J. Caruso (4)
Tony Gilroy (Wars)
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Brian Goldner
Bob Ducsay (1)
Screenplay by Stuart Beattie (1, 8)
David Elliot(1)
Paul Lovett(1)
Michael B. Gordon(1)
Stephen Sommers(1)
Rhett Reese(2)
Paul Wernick(2, 8)
Jonathan Lemkin(3)
Aaron Berg(3, 8)
Based on G.I. Joe
by Hasbro
Music by Alan Silvestri (1 & 2, 8)
Henry Jackman (3)
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen (1)
Stephen Windon (2)
Editing by Bob Ducsay (1)
Kelly Matsumoto (1)
Jim May (1-2)
Roger Barton (2)
Production company Hasbro
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment (1-2, 8)
Skydance Productions (3-4)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (3-4)
Release dates 2007 – present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $425 million
Box office $

G.I. Joe is a military science fiction action film series, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy, comic and media franchises. Development for the first film began in 2003, but when the United States launched the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Hasbro suggested adapting the Transformers instead. In 2007, the first film was released, G.I. Joe. In 2009, a second film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, was released. A third film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was released in 2013. A crossover with Transformers, Transformers & G.I. Joe: Renegation, was released in 2011. A fourth film in the series has been confirmed to be in early development.

Films Edit

G.I. Joe (2007) Edit

G.I. Joe is the first film in the series, released on August 16, 2007. It grossed $528 million worldwide, and garnered generally favorable reviews. It was directed by Stephen Sommers from a screenplay by Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett, and starred Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Edit

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the second film in the series, released on July 22, 2009. It grossed $687 million worldwide, and garnered generally mixed to negative reviews scoring 35% on Rotten Tomatoes to the first film's 56%. It was directed by Stephen Sommers from a screenplay by Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett from a story by Beattie, Michael B. Gordon, and Stephen Sommers, and starred Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller.

Transformers & G.I. Joe: Renegation (2011) Edit

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Edit

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the third film in the series, released on February 15, 2013. It grossed $975 million worldwide, and garnered negative reviews, scoring 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was directed by Jon M. Chu from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and starred Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.

G.I. Joe Wars (2017) Edit

G.I. Joe Wars is a pin-off of the series, released on August 11, 2017.

G.I. Joe 4 Edit

On April 1, 2013, reports surfaced that there will be a fourth G.I. Joe film,[1] and it will likely be in 3D.[2][3] The studio announced that Chu will return to direct the third film.[4] While at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, Chu talked about bringing Scarlett back in the next film.[5] The writers of the second film are also thinking about bringing back the Baroness in the sequel.[6] Johnson is interested in returning as Roadblock for the sequel,[7] and Park has talked about a possible return as Snake Eyes and also including his pet wolf Timber.[8] di Bonaventura told Beijing News that he hoped that Johnson and Willis would return, the script is still in the writing stage, and that they are considering adding a third important role.[9] On September 10, 2013, Chu was confirmed to direct the film, along with writer Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to pen the film's script.[10] On December 5, 2013, Daugherty talked about writing the film's script and his feelings about Duke being killed,[11] but Chu told MTV that Tatum may return as Duke in the sequel.[12] On April 2, 2014, in an interview with Collider, Johnson believes that Chu may not return to direct, due to working on the live action Jem film, but they may find another director for the film.[13] It was revealed that the fourth film would have a 2016 release date.[14][15] On June 23, 2014, di Bonaventura told Collider in an interview that they're meeting with new directors and filming may start in early 2015.[16] On July 1, 2014, Variety reported that Jonathan Lemkin will write the script for the film and will focus on Roadblock with Johnson returning.[17] In November 2014, the studio was in talks with Martin Campbell,[18] and D. J. Caruso to direct the fourth film.[19] On February 5, 2015, Film Divider reported that the twins Tomax and Xamot and Matt Trakker from the TV series M.A.S.K. will be appearing.[20] On April 2, 2015, the studio hired Aaron Berg to write the film and Caruso to direct.[21] In September 2016, Byung-Hun Lee told LRM Online that the studio doing the fourth film is waiting on the actors to return, including Johnson.[22]

Cast and charactersEdit

G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Transformers & G.I. Joe: Renegation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
G.I. Joe Wars
G.I. Joe 8: Evolution
Snake Eyes Ray Park Ray Park Nolberto Swaby
Conrad Hauser
Channing Tatum Miguel Amador
Gregg Bullock, Jr.
Major. Bullock
Ben Roberts
Rex Lewis
Cobra Commander
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Luke Bracey
Robert Baker
(voice only)
Axel Dominguez (voice only)
Thomas Arashikage
Storm Shadow
Byung-hun Lee
Zartan Arnold Vosloo Erickson Brown
The President of the United States Jonathan Pryce
Wallace Weems
Marlon Wayans Marlon Wayans
General Clayton M. Abernathy
General Hawk
Dennis Quaid
Shana O’Hara
Rachel Nichols Rachel Nichols
Hershel Dalton
Heavy Duty
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Abel Shaz
Saïd Taghmaoui
Laird James McCullen XXIV
Christopher Eccleston Christopher Eccleston
Ana Lewis
The Baroness
Sienna Miller
Doctor Mindbender Kevin J. O'Connor Kevin J. O'Connor
Courtney Krieger
Cover Girl
Karolína Kurková
Geoffrey Stone IV
Sgt. Stone
Brendan Fraser Elroy Bryan (flashbacks)
Marvin Hinton
Dwayne Johnson
General Joseph Colton Bruce Willis Mentioned
Jaye Burnett
Lady Jaye
Adrianne Palicki
Dashiell Faireborn
D.J. Cotrona D.J. Cotrona
Kim Arashikage
Élodie Yung
Firefly Ray Stevenson
Zandar Matt Gerald

Crew Edit

Role Films
G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Transformers & G.I. Joe: Renegation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
G.I. Joe Wars
Director Stephen Sommers Richard J. Lewis Jon M. Chu Tony Gilroy
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Bob Ducsay
Brian Goldner
Don Murphy
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Brian Goldner
Bob Ducsay
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Michael Bay
Stephen Sommers
Don Murphy
Tom DeSanto
Ian Bryce
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Brian Goldner
Writer Screenplay:
Stuart Beattie
David Elliot & Paul Lovett
Michael B. Gordon
Stuart Beattie & Stephen Sommers
Daniel T. Thomsen
Greg Plageman
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Composer Alan Silvestri Brian Tyler
Jason Graves
Henry Jackman
Editor Bob Ducsay
Kelly Matsumoto
Jim May
Sondra Watanabe Roger Barton
Jim May
Cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen Oliver Wood Stephen Windon
Spyglass Entertainment
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Hasbro Studios
Spyglass Entertainment
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Hasbro Studios
Sommers Company
The Montecito Picture Company
Skydance Productions
Hasbro Studios
Di Bonaventura Pictures
Hasbro Studios
Skydance Productions
Spyglass Entertainment
Hasbro Studios
Distributor Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Paramount Pictures
MGM Pictures
Running time 118 minutes 110 minutes
Release date August 16, 2007 July 22, 2009 July 1, 2011 February 15, 2013 August 11, 2017

Development Edit

G.I. JoeEdit

For the first film, in 1994, Larry Kasanoff and his production company, Threshold Entertainment, held the rights to do a live-action G.I. Joe film with Warner Bros. as the distributor, but instead chose to concentrate their efforts on their Mortal Kombat films. As late as 1999, there had been rumors that a film from Threshold Entertainment was still a possibility, but that project never panned out. In 2003, Lorenzo di Bonaventura was interested in making a film about advanced military technology; Hasbro's Brian Goldner called him and suggested to base the film on the G.I. Joe toy line.[23] Goldner and Bonaventura worked together before, creating toy lines for films Bonaventura produced as CEO of Warner Bros. Goldner and Bonaventura spent three months working out a story, and chose Michael B. Gordon as screenwriter, because they liked his script for 300.[24] Bonaventura wanted to depict the origin story of certain characters, and introduced the new character of Rex, to allow an exploration of Duke.[25] Rex's name came from Hasbro.[26] Beforehand, Don Murphy was interested in filming the property, but when the Iraq War broke out, he considered the subject matter inappropriate, and chose to develop Transformers (another Hasbro toy line) instead.[27] Bonaventura felt, "What [the Joes] stand for, and what Duke stands for specifically in the movie, is something that I'd like to think a worldwide audience might connect with."[25]

By February 2005, Paul Lovett and David Elliot, who wrote Bonaventura's Four Brothers, were rewriting Gordon's draft.[28] In their script, the Rex character is corrupted and mutated into the Cobra Commander, whom Destro needs to lead an army of supersoldiers.[29] Skip Woods was rewriting the script by March 2007, and he added the Alex Mann character from the British Action Man toy line. Bonaventura explained, "Unfortunately, our president has put us in a position internationally where it would be very difficult to release a movie called G.I. Joe. To add one character to the mix is sort of a fun thing to do."[30] The script was leaked online by El Mayimbe of Latino Review, who revealed Woods had dropped the Cobra Organization in favor of the Naja / Ryan, a crooked CIA agent. In this draft, Scarlett is married to Action Man but still has feelings for Duke, and is killed by the Baroness. Snake Eyes speaks, but his vocal cords are slashed during the story, rendering him mute. Mayimbe suggested Stuart Beattie rewrite the script.[31] Fan response to the film following the script review was negative. Bonaventura promised with subsequent rewrites, "I'm hoping we're going to get it right this time."[32] He admitted he had problems with Cobra, concurring with an interviewer "they were probably the stupidest evil organization out there [as depicted in the cartoon]".[30] Hasbro promised they would write Cobra back into the script.[33]

In August 2005, Paramount Pictures hired Stephen Sommers to direct the film after his presentation to CEO Brad Grey and production prexy Brad Weston was well received.[34] Sommers had been inspired to explore the G.I. Joe universe after visiting Hasbro's headquarters in Rhode Island.[35] Sommers partly signed on to direct because the concept reminded him of James Bond, and he described an underwater battle in the story as a tribute to Thunderball.[36] Stuart Beattie was hired to write a new script for Sommers' film,[37] and G.I. Joe comic and filecard writer Larry Hama was hired as creative consultant. Hama helped them change story elements that fans would have disliked and made it closer to the comics, ultimately deciding fans would enjoy the script.[38] He persuaded them to drop a comic scene at the film's end, where Snake Eyes speaks.[39]

The Rise of CobraEdit


For the third film, after the financially successful release of The Rise of Cobra, Rob Moore, the studio vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, stated in 2009 that a sequel would be developed. In January 2011, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of Zombieland, were hired to write the script for the sequel.[40][41] The film was originally thought to be titled G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes,[42] which was later denied by Reese.[43] Stephen Sommers was originally going to return as director of the sequel, but Paramount Pictures announced in February 2011 that Jon M. Chu would direct the sequel.[44][45] In July 2011, the sequel's name was revealed to be G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[46][47] Chu would later declare that Paramount wanted a reboot that also served as a sequel to The Rise of Cobra since "a lot of people saw the second movie so we don't want to alienate that and redo the whole thing."[48]


Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
G.I. Joe August 16, 2007 $219,135,182 $309,352,676 $528,487,858 # # $120 million
The Rise of Cobra July 22, 2009 $302,342,100 $385,510,000 $687,852,100 # # $175 million
Renegation July 1, 2011 $ $ $ # # $219 million
Retaliation February 15, 2013 $222,523,060 $753,217,645 $975,740,705 # # $130 million
Wars August 11, 2017 $ $ $ # # $145 million
Total $ $ $ Template:N/A # $425 million Template:N/A
List indicator(s)
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
G.I. Joe 56% (119 reviews) 61 (24 reviews) A
The Rise of Cobra 35% (159 reviews)[49] 32 (25 reviews)[50] B+[51]
Renegation 52% (211 reviews) 61 (44 reviews) A-
Retaliation 28% (161 reviews)[52] 41 (31 reviews)[53] A-[51]
Wars 48% (122 reviews) 56 (33 reviews) B+

Academy Awards Edit

Award Film
G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Transformers & G.I. Joe: Renegation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Sound Editing Nomination Nomination
Sound Mixing Nomination
Visual Effects Nomination Nomination

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