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SSIntimidator
12-20-2007, 07:44 AM
I assume he will be Roadblock and Rachel Nicols is Scarlett?

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The "G.I. Joe" brigade is growing larger.
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Rachel Nichols ("P2"), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Lost") and Said Taghmaoui ("The Kite Runner") will join Sienna Miller and Ray Park in the live-action movie based on the popular military doll and its comic-book and cartoon series spinoffs.

Stephen Sommers is directing "G.I. Joe," which is slated for an August 2009 release via Paramount Pictures.

The cartoon series featured military soldiers fighting a terrorist group called Cobra, with characters like the mute ninja Snake Eyes (Park) on the side of the good guys.

This latest version has G.I. JOE, which stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, as an international force of operatives set in Brussels.

Nichols will play a skilled martial artist who specializes in hand-to-hand combat and counterintelligence. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play an ordnance expert, and Taghmaoui the team's communications specialist. Miller will play the Baroness, known for her espionage skills.

WarCry
12-20-2007, 09:05 AM
I assume he will be Roadblock and Rachel Nicols is Scarlett?
Nichols will play a skilled martial artist who specializes in hand-to-hand combat and counterintelligence. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play an ordnance expert, and Taghmaoui the team's communications specialist. Miller will play the Baroness, known for her espionage skills.



Nichols is playing Scarlett, which was confirmed yesterday along with the announcement that Byung-Hun Lee will be Storm Shadow (that hasn't been confirmed by Hollywood Reporter or other 'official' sources yet). Akinnuoye-Agbaje is playing Heavy Duty (not Roadblock) and it looks like Taghmaoui will be Breaker.

SSIntimidator
12-20-2007, 09:11 AM
I just saw that, about him being Heavy Duty instead of Roadblock. Uh, that's about as dumb as almost putting Arcee in instead of Ironhide.

Breaker huh. Can this guy impersonate a Tennessean?

solid_strider
12-20-2007, 09:41 AM
That is pretty wack, but casting Adewale gives me more hope for this movie. This guy was my hero in Oz.

ThorOakenfelder
12-20-2007, 02:12 PM
I just saw that, about him being Heavy Duty instead of Roadblock. Uh, that's about as dumb as almost putting Arcee in instead of Ironhide.

Breaker huh. Can this guy impersonate a Tennessean?



Well since Heavy duty was a cheesy knock off of Roadblock, it works well for a cheesy bad movie plot.

JediKnutt
12-20-2007, 02:17 PM
Funny announcement since Hasbro already denied the whole "based in Brussels" storyline. And the Global aspect of it.

WarCry
12-20-2007, 08:28 PM
I just saw that, about him being Heavy Duty instead of Roadblock. Uh, that's about as dumb as almost putting Arcee in instead of Ironhide.



It's actually not that dumb. While old-time fans like most the folks around here know Roadblock as the Big Man with the Big Gun, more recent incarnations have use Heavy Duty. Like it or not, they're gonna use the characters that older kids might more easily recognize. After all, 13-18 year olds are one of the highest disposable-income-flush groups in the nation.

Money talks, my friends....

SirTristram
12-20-2007, 08:33 PM
After all, 13-18 year olds are one of the highest disposable-income-flush groups in the nation.

Money talks, my friends....



I don't know about that. Particularly in relation to the video game industry, which has become the largest entertainment subsect of the media industries. Billions of dollars per year and the majority gamers fall into the 26-34 age range.

WarCry
12-21-2007, 09:03 AM
I don't know about that. Particularly in relation to the video game industry, which has become the largest entertainment subsect of the media industries. Billions of dollars per year and the majority gamers fall into the 26-34 age range.



Actually, the #1 advertising demographic is 18-34. This is where the "Big Numbers" are targeted with things like TV ratings.

However, look at what Hollywood does with movies. If they were worried about the younger fans, there would be a TON more movie that were ratcheted up into the R-rating category. Now, though, they fight tooth and nail (like Spielberg did w/ Transformers) to get that PG-13 rating. If they weren't worried about that 13-18 yo group, they wouldn't worry about it because 18 can get into R-rated.

All that said, yeah, I'd still MUCH rather see Roadblock in this film than Heavy Duty, but I can see why they make the decisions they do. Either way, I'm pretty darn happy with the casting so far...

SSIntimidator
12-21-2007, 09:25 AM
The problem is you'll have what happened with Transformers, most of the crowd will be people like us who grew up with it and when Roadblock isn't on the screen they'll all be asking who the hell Heavy Duty is.

I don't think GI Joe is popular enough with the 13-18 crowd that they know who the hell Heavy Duty is over Roadblock.

But they've already screwed the movie by making it the global task force and so far no mention of anyone in Cobra except the Baroness.

Eleyre
12-21-2007, 09:50 AM
The problem is you'll have what happened with Transformers, most of the crowd will be people like us who grew up with it and when Roadblock isn't on the screen they'll all be asking who the hell Heavy Duty is.

I don't think GI Joe is popular enough with the 13-18 crowd that they know who the hell Heavy Duty is over Roadblock.

But they've already screwed the movie by making it the global task force and so far no mention of anyone in Cobra except the Baroness.



I tend to agree with a lot of this. Transformers was able to get away with it for the most part for several reasons. It never had a huge lull in popularity, except for a few years in the early 90s. Beast Wars was extremely popular and it's successors were also largely successful. In addition, there was precedence for having a brand new set of Transformers in a brand new continuity. The original line had separate continuities for the comics and the cartoons and while Beast Wars and Beast Machines were fit into the continuity of Generation One, the succeeding lines had nothing to do with any of their predecessors. Robots in Disguise was a separate continuity, Universe was a separate continuity, as was Energon/Armada/Cybertron. And all of those lines have been pretty successful. So really, adding yet another separate continuity wasn't a "huge" deal, except for many older fans who wanted a movie made about the original line, not about some new line.

The problem with G.I. Joe doing something like what we've heard from some of the rumors is that it creates another continuity for a toyline that doesn't have the track-record of success with alternating continuities. Sure, you hade the comic/cartoon continuities back in the 80s and early 90s. But most of the other continuities (Spy Troops, Valor vs. Venom) came in the late 90s and early 2000s when G.I. Joe had really fallen in terms of popularity. Yes, the Sigma Six line has shown the ability to be successful as a toy line, but none of its other media adventures have really played out well. In addition to all of that, the current comics from Devil's Due are based primarily on the old comic continuity.

If I'd have to take a guess, I'd say the odds are that they'd be more successful if they stuck to the characters and continuity that made G.I. Joe successful back in the day. Even if they're gunning for the 13-24 age bracket, a lot of those kids have access to the toyline and to comics, which focus primarily on the original line. I'd wager that even those kids are more likely to know who Roadblock is more than they are Heavy Duty.

I'm not too worried about them not having Cobra in the movie. How they choose to reinterpret Cobra might be a different story, though http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif.

SSIntimidator
12-21-2007, 10:14 AM
The thought of doing a GI Joe movie without Cobra, or Cobra Commander is beyond stupid.

I just don't see the point in making it some worldwide thing. GI Joe is a US Army term the last time I checked. I see no reason to remove the fact that story takes place here just to make sure people see it in other countries. People will see it regardless, provided it's a good film.

Chrakalackis
12-21-2007, 10:21 AM
The thought of doing a GI Joe movie without Cobra, or Cobra Commander is beyond stupid.



Without Cobra or CC would be a bummer in my book, CC's my fav (hence the avatar). http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/mad.gif

SirTristram
12-21-2007, 10:31 AM
Guys, all accounts have stated that the Cobra organization WILL be in the film. ...Granted one of those reports said that it would be lead by a Scottich Arms Dealer, but hey....at least Destro will be there..and Stormshadow is cast already too...so....I think we need to wait for more details before we completely and utterly rule this out as a wait of money stink bomb! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SSIntimidator
12-21-2007, 11:29 AM
I never really considered Storm Shadow a part of either organization, ninjas typically don't pick sides unless they're paid http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I'd love for them to be releasing all this information just to get people talking and fired up only to find out it's all 100% false and that GI Joe will be an American team against Cobra with CC in charge and the beautiful mirrored face plate.

SirTristram
12-21-2007, 11:36 AM
I never really considered Storm Shadow a part of either organization, ninjas typically don't pick sides unless they're paid http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I'd love for them to be releasing all this information just to get people talking and fired up only to find out it's all 100% false and that GI Joe will be an American team against Cobra with CC in charge and the beautiful mirrored face plate.



Well, he never wore an American Flag over his whie ninjitu haori. That glaring red Cobra would indicate to most that he was gainfully employed! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

SSIntimidator
12-21-2007, 02:22 PM
Yeah, but that was just because the animators back then were dumb http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Eleyre
12-21-2007, 02:51 PM
Yeah, but that was just because the animators back then were dumb http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif



They were dumb because they had him with a glaring red Cobra insignia? If that's the case, then so was Hasbro:

http://www.yojoe.com/action/84/84images/stormshadow.jpg http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/stormshadow/carded-stormshadow.jpg

So were Marvel Comics:
http://www.geocities.com/gijoeunique/ob/ob_3cover.jpg http://www.yojoe.com/comics/covers/joe27.jpg

Honestly, it depends on what continuity you follow. In the comics, Storm Shadow had only infiltrated Cobra to find out who had assassinated the Hard Master and had framed him for it. In the cartoon series, though, he was always portrayed as being completely loyal to Cobra and to Cobra Commander.

SSIntimidator
12-21-2007, 03:05 PM
Yep dumb, all dumb!!!!!!!

Doesn't matter, he's the second coolest character ever anyway.

Eleyre
12-21-2007, 03:43 PM
Yep dumb, all dumb!!!!!!!

Doesn't matter, he's the second coolest character ever anyway.



Ever? In any genre? http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif Who's the first?

Red5Mustang
12-21-2007, 03:50 PM
http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif Who's the first?



Shipwreck of course. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif