If you don't know who Snake-Eyes is, then you really shouldn't be reading this blog (LOL) but yes, that's prickish of me = peep the full lowdown on one of the most recognizable and popular character in G.I.Joe-lore on wikipedia :)
Sienna Miller has been announced as the first cast member to sign on for the live-action “G.I. Joe” film, according to Variety. the role is described as "a raven-haired baroness and sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage." [Wizard] = which sure as heck's not Scarlet, innit? HAH. personally, it all seems like a miscast (as hawt as Sienna seems on select online-images) and an obvious play at harnessing "star-power" (*gack*), not least 'coz the movie-script is as yet uncompleted due the to the Writer's Strike, innit? gimme some official styling-images to shut my mouth encourage me, purleeze!
Baroness serves as the COBRA Organization's intelligence officer and lieutenant to Cobra Commander. With long black hair, black rimmed glasses, and a black leather outfit, Baroness is a dark, sensual femme fatale whose beauty is matched only by her ruthlessness. In both comic and cartoon incarnations, she has romantic relationships with Destro. [wiki]
“G.I. Joe” will be directed by Stephen Sommers and is slated to begin production in February with an eye towards a summer 2009 release. The Paramount film based on the popular toy line will focus on a European-based military unit known as Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (G.I.J.O.E.), a high-tech, international force of special operatives that battles an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.
ComingSoon.net reports that Paramount Pictures has set an August 7, 2009 release date for the G.I. Joe movie, to be directed by Stephen Sommers from a Stuart Beattie script. [via] ... eh? i thot the Writer's Strike is still going on? a tad fearful that they're just going to go ahead with a complete script, is all ... well, that's showbiz, i reckon! [image via DialBForBlog]
meanwhile, HASBRO attempts spin-control reinforces their product-line:
"Hasbro's G.I. Joe Team wanted to take this opportunity to clarify some of the facts regarding the G.I. Joe live-action movie that we are developing with Paramount Pictures.
First and foremost, we are not changing what the G.I. Joe brand is about. The name "G.I. Joe" will always be synonymous with bravery and heroism.
The G.I. Joe brand has enjoyed a successful 43-year history, spanning two key generations. The first was the line of 12-inch "realistic military" figures that were popular with kids in the 1960s and 1970s.
The second generation, was created in 1982, and is based on a cast of fictional heroes and villains that make up the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" fantasy. The premise of this fantasy is the story of the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke, and their "fight for freedom wherever there is trouble" against the evil Cobra Commander and his Cobra force. This storyline was an instant hit with kids in the early 1980s, spawning a highly popular 3-3/4-inch action figure line, comic book collection and animated series.
This movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.
G.I. Joe is a very important property to Hasbro and we thank all of our fans for their enthusiasm. Without all of you, the brand would not be where it is today."
"G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, 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." = new updated script/story-concept for the G.I.Joe Movie via IGN, which further "alienates" the property to our fondly-remembered childhood-memories, innit? (not saying tis good nor bad tho...)
"Although the new G.I. Joe team will be international in scope, don't expect Joe's British counterpart Action Man to be included after all. IESB.net reports, "Looks like he will be gone, this new script is set to be 100% GI Joe, it will revolve around the characters we all grew up with fighting Cobra, Destro, the Baroness and Storm Shadow. When do they expect to have this new script ready? Six to eight weeks. Pre-production is expected to start by October-November and production to start early '08."
as far as im concerned, these are the bare minimum-characters they should have in the movie: *heh* ... but this parting shot from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is the real kicker (for me):
"My experience with beloved properties is that characters, attitude and tone are even more important than plot. ... Paramount showed a great deal of confidence in Stephen's take, and our ability as producers to get this up and running for a February start. His passion for the characters and the world convinced the studio this was something they couldn't resist."
and so the G.I.Joe movie is a GO! with director Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Mummy) helming this live-action adaptation (or re-invention?) of popular 80's cartoon based on Hasbro's military figures, and an obvious "rekindled" franchise to come (hopefully for the powers-that-be, i reckon LOL) ... and of coz i hadda do a quickie-bash for good ol'Joe and his buddy, Action Man, innit? :p
read more via CBR / via HollywoodReporter and this interesting article on AdvertisingAge; which discusses the relevance and theories of G.I.Joe's existence in relation to current real-world-scenario.
i'll just be happy if they'd come out with more new figures ... *heh*
so is the new G.I.Joe live-action feature film going to be a "buddy-movie"? with "Action Man" as his counterpart?
this was what producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers, Shooter) had to say about script-writer Skip Woods, the script-direction and considering having Mark Wahlberg for the role of "DUKE" (circa March'07 / via LatinoReview):
"He just finished working on 'Die Hard 4.' I don't know if he's fully credited or not, but Skip worked on 'Swordfish' with me at Warner Brothers. Do you know Action Man? Action Man is the equivalent of G.I. Joe internationally pretty much. It's a different character, but pretty much the same idea and his name is Alex Mann. So we're creating a buddy movie between Duke and Alex. That's what we're doing. All the characters will be there and it'll be really fun, but unfortunately our president has put us in a position internationally where it would be very difficult to release a movie called 'G.I. Joe' internationally in a lot of places. I'm a big G.I. Joe fan and to add one character to the mix is sort of a fun thing to do." = read more here
and as reported on IESB (circa 14-Aug'07 / via) "the Action Man team up idea is still in the works, and that "Transporter" actor Jason Statham is being considered to play the British role alongside his "Italian Job" co-star Mark Wahlberg as Duke"
"The producers are keen on keeping the Action Man character in the film to make marketing of the film easier abroad including using that name for international territories to avoid any potential negative reactions that some parts of the world may have with the name GI Joe.
The new GI Joe/Action Man team is expected to be made up of various individuals from around the world and will not be exclusively American or British. The characters will still be based from the original cartoons, toys and comics but with a globe-trotting flavor." = read more here
frankly, i've sat on this "news" for the longest time, hoping that the "concept" would "go away, in time", but alas, my hopes were dashed (LOL) ... but i don't wanna go off ranting about my fav childhood-memories being butt-fcuked (Transformers notwithstanding, 'natch) by Hollywood and whatnot ... and i'd wanna keep my mind open to whatever possibilities that await the resurrection of my childhood-"heroes" ... so we'll see what toys the folks'll wanna be selling, yeh? oops! - i mean, "well see what the celluloid future holds for fans all over" ... *heh*
and as much as i wanna see how they treat Snake-eyes and Storm Shadow, what i'm really interested in, is how they'd be treating COBRA, innit? terrorists instead of world-dominators?
"i should have front-billing 'coz it's my movie!" "whatever dude, im gonna kick your ass anyways..." *heh*
and hence i've decided to start a fanblog for the impending G.I.Joe Movie - which will eventually (and hopefully) be updated with news and rumors surrounding the Stephen Sommers-directed live-action adaptation of Hasbro's (and our collective childhood's memories) action figure toy-series and cartoon ... and maybe some "surprises" along the way too :)