G.I. Joe Sequel Pushed to 2013: Movie News

May 24, 2012

With only a month to go before its June release, execs at Paramount have decided to delay G.I. Joe: Retaliation a full nine months, to March 29, 2013, in order to convert the film to 3D.

Many have pegged the decision on the 3D success of The Avengers as well as the weak box-office performance of another childhood-favorite-turned-action movie, Battleship.

A sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Retaliation stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as fan favorite Roadblock. Channing Tatum will also return as Duke while Bruce Willis plays the original supersoldier, Joe Colton, as they do battle with Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

While a disappointment to fans who saw Retaliation as being truer to both the classic cartoon as well as the critically acclaimed comic book than the first film, others see it as a wise move given an overcrowded summer movie season.

To fill the void left by Retaliation, Universal Pictures swiftly moved up its Seth MacFarlane comedy, Ted, from July 13 to June 29. Starring a motion-captured MacFarlane as a magical teddy bear brought to life by a young boy’s wish, Ted follows the duo as they grow up into a pair of crass slackers. Directed by MacFarlane, Ted also stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.