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