Things To Be Thankful For: ‘G.I. Joe’ Edition

Cobra Commander and White Ninja Guy

Today is the day that I have decided to celebrate a few of the things to be thankful for, like there being a sequel to Stephen Sommers’ 2009 film “G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.”

This is something I do, I should add, because I am an advocate of comic book-based films, more so than being a fan of Sommers’ film, in and of itself.

I celebrate that a film that earned just over $302 million during it’s theatrical run, on a production budget of $175 million, somehow manages to warrant a sequel, despite the fact that other films, such as “Rise Of The Guardians” have doubled their production costs, yet somehow end up a failure that results in layoffs for a company like DreamWorks Animation.

I celebrate that John Chu will be helming the aforementioned sequel, despite that there’s nothing in his filmography that illustrates that he can effectively direct an effects-heavy action film.

That being said, Stanley Donen directed “Saturn 3,” which earned $9 million in 1980’s dollars, so it can’t be all bad (snark aside, the Elmer Bernstein soundtrack for “Saturn 3” is all sorts of awesome).

And most of all, I am thankful that Chu remembered what Cobra Commander from the comics and the cartoons actually looked like, which makes me wonder why Sommers felt the need to make him resemble a megalomaniacal plumber.

Stephen Sommers’ Cobra Commander





Thanks to for the image from “G.I. Joe: Retribution.”

2 thoughts on “Things To Be Thankful For: ‘G.I. Joe’ Edition

  1. I know this is kinda off-topic – but it’s nice to see a mention of Saturn 3 here! The soundtrack is definitely one of my faves. I have a site I have set up which delves into the making of this much troubled movie. For anyone who’s interested, it can be found at:




    1. Awesome! Saturn 3 is one of my favorite scifi films, warts and all. There’s so much potential in it’s premise (essentially it’s a re-telling of the Biblical story of Adam & Eve) and I would love hearing that it was being remade, though I would like to have the lead officer this time played by a woman (I have always pictured Helen Mirren) and Alex being played by a young male up and comer.

      I’ll definitely check out your site.

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