“We are in post-production, and it’s looking really good,” promised super-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently, marveling over some of the early “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” scenes he’s been working on recently with director Stephen Sommers. “It’s going to be really fun, and it’s going to be big.”
The cast alone would seem to back up di Bonaventura’s boasts, with such names as Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller and others. When MTV visited the set awhile back, it was as if the soldier-stuffed toyboxes we all had as children had grown 20 times their size and been handed over to Sommers. All that remains now is to see if his plotlines are as exciting as the ones we dreamed up in our backyards all those years ago.
“There is going to be two or three really large sequences in it that are really going to blow people away,” revealed di Bonaventura, who also produces the “Transformers” series. “But I think that, more than anything, what differentiates it from a lot of these big movies is that there are eight or nine very well-drawn characters.”
According to the producer, it is these intricate relationships between such characters as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow – borrowed directly from the series’ comic – that will take the film to the next level. “The cross-pollination of these relationships from the comic book is so wild that you really have fully-developed characters in a popcorn movie,” he insisted. “You don’t often get that [complexity] in the eight and ninth character down.”
So whether the movie makes you want to scream “Yo Joe!” or “Joe who?”, di Bonaventura said that he and Summers are cutting their movie with both newbies and loyalists in mind. “I think the core fan base that read the comic book and watched the animated shows are going to feel like we really honored their experience,” he promised.
Which are you looking more forward to next summer: The “G.I. Joe” movie or the “Transformers” sequel?