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?
"whatever dude, im gonna kick your ass anyways..."
[originally posted 19.08.07]