As we all know by now, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was supposed to come out June 29th only to be pushed back to March 29th of 2013. The reason the studio gave was that it would be converted to 3D and allow time to shoot some new scenes to really showcase the conversion. Rumors instantly started about the true reasons. It seems we may have a pretty solid case for the real reason now. Take note, this should be taken with a grain of salt but it seems to check out with everything we’ve heard. We may never know the complete story but this seems to make the most sense. There may be some SPOILERS IN HERE, but since it’s going to get a lot of reshoots they might not even be relevant to the new cut of the film.
Deadline is reporting that there are a couple of reasons behind the delay and they aren’t as simple as “3D conversion.” Deadline reports that they have learned from insiders and sources from Paramount that they were very concerned with the box office prospects because the film had gotten poor to mixed reviews from test screenings. The biggest concern actually was their decision to kill of Channing Tatum early in the sequel. You may have noticed from trailers and posters he is missing. Tatum wasn’t a star when the first film came out, but since then he has had hits with The Vow and the hilarious 21 Jump Street. Test screening audiences loved the Dwayne Johnson/Tatum interactions, but they were cut short. They are supposedly shooting scenes with Tatum. These appear to be flashbacks to further the relationship with Dwayne Johnson.
There were also concerns over other movies such as John Carter and Battleship losing so much money. Insiders stated this “was just a wake-up call that said to us we need to offer the best version of the film irrespective of summer market share to ensure the best possible performance. And not being in 3D will cost us a ton of business internationally.”
Director Jon M. Chu is reportedly stunned by the new release date. The whole thing seems like a mess, but one they can fix. It seems like the full 9 months will be used to rework the movie and update it to 3D. We’ll have to wait to see the finished product, maybe it can be salvaged. You can read Deadline’s full report with all the gory behind the scenes details by clicking here.
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Source : Deadline