Jon Chu talks about his new take on the G.I. JOE sequel

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 14th, 2011

We all know 2009's G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA to be a pretty mindless action flick, with a basis on the original G.I. Joe property being as loose as the only Barbie in a toy box full of action figures. But according to G.I. JOE 2 director Jon Chu (JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, STEP UP 3D), his take will be very different than Stephen Sommers'.

Chu had this to say to The Deadbolt about his nostalgic fondness for the property and what he aims to bring with a fresh take:

"I think it’s not just another action movie. Maybe the first one was that, but we’re really trying to break it down and take the shine off and show that my Joes were the ones in the mud, the sand and the trees and in the epic worldwide adventures. Each one had individual talents. So we really want to bring the experience of what I grew up with playing with these toys. What it feels like so that kids now can be reintroduced to the Joes and experience it in a different way. This is like down and dirty Joe for me."

As for the fear from some fans that Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes will suddenly yell "Yo, Joe! Go, Joe! Go, Joe! It's your birfday!" and bust a move into a choreographed breakdance, Chu addressed those qualms honestly for Box Office Magazine.

See more of what he had to say about G.I. JOE 2 after the break.

"That is a big question. Does dance choreography experience actually translate to action? I don't know the answer, to be honest. I'm not going to rely and say yes, [but] what I love as a parallel is that a dance number without a story is just a dance number—it means nothing to people. It's the same thing with action—the best action sequences are the ones that move our character forward, or when you come out of it you learn something new. So obviously those ideas apply to it, but the biggest thing Lorenzo said to me was, "I don't believe the two are connected, so you're going to have to have other excuses why you want to do this movie." He put me through the wringer, like this is no joke—and I agree. What I love about action is that it has a rhythm, a pacing, and I think that will help a lot, but ultimately it comes down to us watching a story unfold in a different form, so we'll see what we have when we're blowing things up. My main goal is to make sure that we're not doing action for action's sake, but each piece is telling a very specific story."

As for where the film is currently at in pre-production, Chu said the ink is just now drying on the dotted line and he is about to move into the pre-visualization stages for the film. With ZOMBIELAND scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick behind the script and a capable, passionate director like Chu behind the lens, I feel confident in assuming that G.I. JOE will be at least 1% better than THE RISE OF COBRA.

If you care at all about this film, I encourage you to head on over to Box Office Magazine to read the rest of Todd Gilchrist's refreshingly candid interview with Chu.

Additional Source /Film

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