The reason why G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is going to suck
Posted by LiveFor on June 11, 2009
It looks as if behind the scenes of the new G.I. Joe film has been an even bigger battlescene than any shown in the film. It appears that the director, Stephen Sommers was taken off the film once it was completed.
Jeffrey Wells’ source says that Sommers “was given total freedom but he melted down and has made the biggest bomb in many a moon. Paramount production chief Brad Weston is looking to bail and work for Peter Chernin with Star Trek as his coda because G.I. Joe will decimate the Paramount team and lead to many, many scapegoats.”
Someone called End Times broke the full news on the Don Murphy message board:
“After a test screening [of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra] in which the film got the lowest test score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie — Brad Weston — had Stephen Sommers, the superhack director of the film, fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room.” Wells comment: How does this guy know what Paramount’s test-scoring history is? Does he have all the stats? If so, how did he get them?
“Stuart Baird, a renowned fixer editor, was brought it to try to see if G.I. Joe could be made releasable. Meanwhile producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose turkey Imagine That (also championed by Weston) explodes this weekend as the new bomb in theatres, was told his services were no longer needed on the film either.” Wells comment: Someone needs to call around and verify and round this out.
“Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers, doing design work, even though that film doesn’t even have a good script yet. When word of the firing started to be whispered about in Hollywood, Sommers was summoned back to the editing room but merely to save appearances. Baird is still re-editing the movie with studio input.”
Heads are definitely going to roll on this one and it does explain why everything looks so off with the film – Accelerator suits anyone? There is quite a bit of information in all of this and I do think there could well be more than a grain of truth to the whole thing.
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