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Jon M. Chu Godfathers ‘Run,’ High Concept Horror For Lionsgate

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 10:58am PST
Mike Fleming

jonchuuEXCLUSIVE: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu and Hieu Ho have made a deal to produce Run, a high concept action horror film they’ve set at Lionsgate under their Chu Studios banner. Alex Ankeles & Morgan Jurgenson are writing the script, and John Sacchi is overseeing for Lionsgate. Ankeles is repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone; Jurgenson is APA and Jonathan Hung, while Chu’s repped by PYE, WME and SMGSB.

This is another example of Chu branching out. He started on a musical track, helming Step Up 2: The Streets with Briana Evigan and Channing Tatum, and Step Up 3D, both of which grossed big overseas. Chu then directed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, before moving into the action arena with the G.I. Joe sequel, which was reframed at a more reasonable price point. Chu’s next is Justin Bieber’s Believe, which Open Road releases this month.

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Paramount & MGM Sued For $23M By ‘G.I. Joe’ Writers Who Claim Sequel Was ‘Stolen’

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 4:27pm PDT

Two of the screenwriters of the first G.I. Joe movie have filed a multi-million copyright infringement suit against Paramount Pictures, MGM, Hasbro and Di Bonaventura Pictures. In their two-claim complaint (read it here) filed on May 3 in federal court, David Elliot and Paul Lovett are seeking $23 million in damages and claiming much of this year’s G.I Joe: Retaliation sequel was “stolen” from their ideas. With extensive side-by-side comparisons between the pitch the duo were asked to submit to the companies in late 2009 and the actual Retaliation film, the heavily detailed 113-page complaint alleges that the two works are “substantially similar in every material way.” Claiming copyright infringement and breach of implied contract, Elliot and Lovett are seeking a jury trial in the case.

The Principato-Young Entertainment repped duo were the writers of the G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra movie back in 2009 along with Stuart Beattie. Not long after that film came out, they were requested to put together some ideas for a sequel with the understanding that they would get the scribe gig on the movie if their ideas were accepted. Though they put together a detailed plotline and characters descriptions, as well had extensive back and forth with the film’s producers like Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, it was just not meant to be. “On or Read More »

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‘G.I. Joe 2′ Debuts 2013′s Best Overseas & 2nd Best Easter Weekend Here; ‘The Croods’ Holds Strong, Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation’ Seduces; ‘The Host’ Weakens

By | Sunday March 31, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT

SUNDAY 12 PM, 10TH UPDATE: No peace on Easter Weekend because Hollywood studios are now fighting over records. Disney is insisting that it had 2013′s biggest global opening for Oz The Great And Powerful of $148M worldwide. The Paramount record is for 2013′s best international so its exec was overreaching by claiming G.I. Joe: Retaliation had the year’s best global gross.

SUNDAY 9 AM, 9TH UPDATE: Paramount now says that G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened with a global gross of $132 million (including previews, which is +35% ahead of the worldwide opening of the first installment. The studio revised its international estimate to $80.3M based upon Saturday’s excellent play for what is the best international opening of 2013. (It surpassed Oz The Great And Powerful by 15% despite only opening in 75% of the world.) Refined domestic figures are up slightly – $41.2M for the three-day Easter Weekend because Saturday came in stronger than expected, with a 4 1/2-day cume of $51.7M. Exit polling of audiences showed that 68% was male and 59% over age 25. Until now, no title had even cracked the $70M mark overseas this year. The sequel’s international opening was almost double the disappointing first installment G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for the same territories. This weekend’s release represented about 75% of the world, with major … Read More »

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Limited 3D Release Set For March 28

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 1:36pm PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

The IMAX 3D version, featuring a full digital remastering, will coincide with the film’s wide release beginning internationally on March 28, 2013, with the North American release following the next day. The IMAX 3D version will run for a single week in select theaters.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation has a wild journey to theaters. Originally scheduled for a June 29, 2012 release, Paramount baffled industry observers in May when, after a costly ad campaign that included a Super Bowl trailer, it was learned that the film was being rescheduled. The official justification for the rescheduling was a 3D makeover intended to boost international ticket sales. However, the production has been dogged by persistent rumors that the real reason for the switch is costly reshoots to change the plot so that Duke, played by Channing Tatum, is not killed early in the film. Tatum of course enjoyed a huge 2012, with The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike all strong hits. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 9:38am PST

Paramount‘s G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Jonathan Pryce and bows March 29, 2013. John M. Chu directed a script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, which got some major tweaking that pushed back its original summer release date. Here’s the latest trailer that dropped today for the sequel, in which COBRA infiltrates the U.S. government and the Joes must save the day:

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Hot Trailer: Dwayne Johnson In ‘Snitch’

By | Wednesday November 21, 2012 @ 11:57am PST

Dwayne Johnson goes undercover to nail a drug cartel to free his imprisoned son who was set up for a bust. Snitch is slated for February 22nd, and Johnson has at least four other movies coming out next year: G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 29, Pain & Gain on April 26 and Fast And Furious 6 is set for May 24, while Empire State doesn’t have a specific date yet. Ric Roman Waugh directed Snitch:

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Hot Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 1:07pm PDT

This is a second international trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the action sequel that Paramount pushed back from a prime summer bow this year to March 29, 2013. At the time the studio said it was delaying the pic to add 3D. But it turned out after some digging by Nikki Finke that reshoots were needed after mediocre test scores and the poor decision to kill off Channing Tatum, who has turned into a big star since the first movie thanks to 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. Now he’s most definitely back, as the new trailer makes clear:

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Digital Domain Says Studios “Freaking Out”; Gets OK On September 21 Auction

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 1:11pm PDT

Hollywood studios will not be pulling the plug on projects at the financially troubled special-effects company after Digital Domain got some breathing room yesterday in bankruptcy court. Judge Brenden Shannon approved a fast-tracked auction of Digital Domain Media Group for September 21 and a debtor-in-possession order (read it here) that gives the almost-broke company immediate access to almost $12 million. The new auction date comes after newly named DDMG chief Ed Ulbrich told the court that six Hollywood studios told him they would start pulling projects from the Oscar-winning company this week unless Digital Domain had a clear financial path forward. The loss of those effects projects would result in the removal of what is currently 80% of the company’s revenues. “We’ve been fighting diligently to fend off a run on the company, Ulbrich testified. DDGM’s lawyer Robert Feinstein put it even more bluntly: “The studios are freaking out,” the attorney told the judge. Some of the films that Digital Domain is currently working on include Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game (Digital Domain is a co-producer), New Line’s Jack The Giant Killer, and Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Related: Digital Domain Files For Bankruptcy Protection But With Sales Agreement Read More »

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Big Problems Behind ‘G.I. Joe 2′s Big Delay

GI Joe 2 Retaliation Release DateEXCLUSIVE: Ever since I scooped the news a week ago about G.I. Joe: Retaliation moving from June 29th to March 29th, 2013, no one was buying Paramount‘s excuse that “adding 3D” was the only reason for the 9 month delay. Least of all me. So I did some snooping. And what I found out shows the difficult decisions which Hollywood moguls are facing in this challenging box office environment when even franchises aren’t sure things. (Witness last weekend’s Men In Black 3.) And at what point and at what cost do the top execs make changes in their films already shooting or in post-production or even five weeks out from release in order to head off a disaster?

Hollywood was gobsmacked that Paramount vacated the primo date this summer, especially because the studio blew a wad on a Super Bowl commercial and already was starting TV and outdoor ads for GI Joe 2. Not to mention the toys, warehouses full of them ready and waiting, already on shelves. Or the big screen trailer attacjed this past weekend to MIB3. But the fact is that Paramount became extremely concerned about G.I. Joe 2‘s box office prospects worldwide after its test scores were mediocre to GI Joe 2 Release Datebad. Reshoots were needed. Plus, the moguls realized what a complete miscalculation it was to kill off Channing Tatum in the sequel. And even more so … Read More »

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Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’ Moving Into June 29th Slot Just Vacated By ‘G.I. Joe 2′

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 3:14pm PDT

Ted Release DateEXCLUSIVE: The hugely buzzed-about ‘R’-rated comedy Ted was scheduled for release July 13th. But Universal execs moved quickly to grab this date now that Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel moved off June 29th to add 3D. After all, the movie and campaign are ready, I’m told. Seth MacFarlane is the writer, director, producer, and voice talent behind the foul-mouthed teddy bear alongside Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. “The movie has had so much buzz since the minute the trailers were released that we’ve been looking to see if there was an earlier date available,” a Universal insider tells me. “It also gives us two more weeks of primetime summer. And allows for the word of mouth to build through the weeks up through Fourth Of July.” Hollywood is shocked that Paramount vacated the primo date, especially because Paramount blew a wad on a Superbowl commercial and already was starting TV and outdoor ads for GI Joe 2.

Related: Red Band Trailer: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Moving To March 2013 To Add 3D For Bigger Foreign Box Office

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 1:25pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation was supposed to come out GI Joe Retaliation Release Datethis summer on June 29th. But I’ve learned that Paramount is moving the movie nine months to March 29, 2013, to add 3D. “We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally,” one of the studio execs just told me. “Jim Cameron did all of Titanic‘s 3D in post — and look how well that movie turned out.” Hollywood is shocked that Paramount vacated the primo date, especially because Paramount blew a wad on a Super Bowl commercial and already was starting TV and outdoor ads for GI Joe 2. Paramount has had luck delaying films before: its decision to move Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island gave the director his biggest box office hit ever. And right now, 3D is huge internationally, with Russia and China building new 3D theaters by the week. Also the execs say that the blockbuster performance of The Hunger Games shows that March can be a prime time of the year to release movies. Of course, Paramount had to talk its partners on GI Joe 2 into the extra nine months of carrying costs – MGM, which has 25%, and David Ellison’s Skydance, which has another 25%. The $125M-budgeted actioner stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Bruce Willis and is directed by Jon Chu.

Related: G.I. Joe: Retaliation Release Date: The REAL Reason For The DelayRead More »

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CAA Signs ‘G.I. Joe’s Lee Byung-Hun

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 10:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun. He got launched in the U.S. as part of the cast of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and reprises his role in the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He just got cast to star with Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Summit’s Red 2.

He moved into Hollywood films after starring in films that included the Chan-wook Park-directed Joint Security Area, I Saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird, and A Bittersweet Life.  He’s about to get his hand and foot print immortalized at Grauman Chinese Theater, only the second Korean actor to get that honor. He continues to be managed by Charles Pak in Korea and lawyered by Jeff Frankel.

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International Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 9:48pm PDT

The international trailer for the followup to G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra adds Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson to the mix along with Ray Park — and, somehow, Channing Tatum. Hitting the web a day after the latest domestic trailer, this one is cut differently, looks fairly similar but is shorter. Opens June 29.

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Hot Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 9:15am PDT

The latest trailer from Paramount‘s sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit the web today, giving more screen time to Bruce Willis and the film’s plot. Last night at CinemaCon, director Jon Chu called his star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “franchise Viagra”. Do you agree? The movie, co-produced by MGM and Skydance, is set for a June 29 bow.

Related: Super Bowl Sneak: ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’

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Hot Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 6:17pm PST

Dwayne Johnson signed on for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the followup to Rise Of The Cobra. Channing Tatum returns and the trailer saves what might be the best, for last. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3D), it’s slated to open June 29.

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Hot Trailer: ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 10:29am PST

Paramount has released the first trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to its 2009 action film about elite soldiers fighting the good fight. It is set to open June 29, 2012. Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki star — and the original Joe suits up, too. Jon Chu directs.

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