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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 vs. G.I. Joe, was released in 2015. 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 $395 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 $466 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.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Edit

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the third film in the series, released on March 28, 2013. It grossed $575 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 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]

Crossovers Edit

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2015) Edit

Cast and charactersEdit

 
G.I. Joe
(2007)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
(2009)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
(2013)
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe
(2015)
Untitled G.I. Joe: Wars
(2017)
Snake Eyes Ray Park
Conrad Hauser
Duke
Channing Tatum
Arley Swaby
Gregg Bullock, Jr.
Major. Bullock
Ben Davison Roberts
Taylor Belford (teenager)
Rex Lewis
Cobra Commander
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Luke Bracey
Robert Baker
(voice only)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Thomas Arashikage
Storm Shadow
Byung-hun Lee
Zartan Arnold Vosloo
The President of the United States Jonathan Pryce
Wallace Weems
Ripcord
Marlon Wayans Marlon Wayans
General Clayton M. Abernathy
General Hawk
Dennis Quaid


Derlis Swaby(rumored)

Shana O’Hara
Scarlett
Rachel Nichols
Hershel Dalton
Heavy Duty
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Abel Shaz
Breaker
Saïd Taghmaoui
Laird James McCullen XXIV
Destro
Christopher Eccleston
Ana Lewis
The Baroness
Sienna Miller
Doctor Mindbender Kevin J. O'Connor
Courtney Krieger
Cover Girl
Karolína Kurková
Geoffrey Stone IV
Sgt. Stone
Brendan Fraser

Taylor Belford(rumored)

Marvin Hinton
Roadblock
Dwayne Johnson
General Joseph Colton Bruce Willis

Yasel Hernandez(rumored)

Jaye Burnett
Lady Jaye
Adrianne Palicki
Dashiell Faireborn
Flint
D.J. Cotrona
Kim Arashikage
Jinx
Élodie Yung
Firefly Ray Stevenson
Zandar Matt Gerald

Crew Edit

Film Director Producer Executive
producer
Writer Composer Editor Cinematographer
G.I. Joe Stephen Sommers Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Brian Goldner
Bob Ducsay
Screenplay by:
Stuart Beattie
David Elliot
Paul Lovett
Story by:
Michael B. Gordon
Stuart Beattie
Alan Silvestri Bob Ducsay
Kelly Matsumoto
Jim May
Mitchell Amundsen
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Stephen Sommers
David Womark
Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Erik Howsam
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Stuart Beattie
David Elliot & Paul Lovett
Template:Small
Michael B. Gordon
Stuart Beattie & Stephen Sommers
Alan Silvestri Bob Ducsay
Kelly Matsumoto
Jim May
Mitchell Amundsen
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Brian Goldner
Stephen Sommers
Herbert W. Gains
Erik Howsam
Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
David Ellison
Dana Goldberg
Paul Schwake
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Henry Jackman Roger Barton
Jim May
Stephen Windon

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]

ReceptionEdit

The first film, G.I. Joe, had received generally mixed to positive reviews. According to review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, G.I. Joe has a score of 56%, with an average rating of 4.6/10 based on 159 reviews. The consensus reads: "While fans of the Hasbro toy franchise may feel like they're in a whole level of "Yo Joe!", G.I. Joe is largely a cartoonish, over-the-top action fest propelled by silly writing, inconsistent visual effects, and merely passable performances."[40] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 61 out of 100, based on 45 reviews.[41]

The second film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, had received generally mixed to negative reviews. According to review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has a score of 35%, with an average rating of 4.6/10 based on 159 reviews. The consensus reads: "While fans of the Hasbro toy franchise may revel in a bit of nostalgia, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is largely a cartoonish, over-the-top action fest propelled by silly writing, inconsistent visual effects, and merely passable performances."[40] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 32 out of 100, based on 25 reviews.[41]

The third film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, has received generally mixed to negative reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 28% with an average rating of 4.5/10 based on 161 reviews, both scores lower than for the first film. The site's consensus reads: "Though arguably superior to its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is overwhelmed by its nonstop action and too nonsensical and vapid to leave a lasting impression."[42] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 41%, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 31 critics, which was higher than the first film's 32% average score.[43]

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 $194,201,498 $201,267,519 $395,469,017 # # $150,000,000
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra July 22, 2009 $217,342,100 $249,406,319 $466,778,419 # # $175,000,000
G.I. Joe: Retaliation March 28, 2013 $222,523,060 $353,217,645 $575,740,705 # # $130,000,000
Total $594,066,658 $ $ Template:N/A # $460,000,000 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% (159 reviews)[40] 61 (25 reviews)[41] A[44]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 35% (159 reviews)[40] 32 (25 reviews)[41] B+[44]
G.I. Joe: Retaliation 28% (161 reviews)[42] 41 (31 reviews)[43] A-[44]

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