'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' will be released next March, not this summer
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' will be delayed because the studio wants to convert the movie to 3-D, according to sources.
Here’s an unexpected twist: Paramount is delaying the release date for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, just over a month before the sequel was originally due to hit theaters around the U.S. Retaliation has now been pushed back an entire nine months to a March 29th, 2013 date – where it will face off against The Host during its opening weekend.Skip to next paragraph
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The reason for said abrupt delay? Paramount wants to convert the film to 3D, in order to improve its box office prospects overseas.
“We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally. Jim Cameron did all of ‘Titanic’‘s 3D in post – and look how well that movie turned out.”
The quality of Titanic‘s post-converted 3D has demonstrated that non-native 3D films are not necessarily inferior to those shot in the format – assuming the proper time and effort is invested. Furthermore, there are certain recurring set pieces featured in the Retaliation trailers to date (especially the cliff-side ninja battle) that suggest the sequel could stand to benefit from the added dimension.
Of course, the delay is still disappointing news for everyone who was looking forward to a second G.I. Joe movie – one that appears to be an improvement on its predecessor. Still, considering that Retaliation was originally going to square-off against Amazing Spider-Man, just a few days after its opening here in the States – the move seems to make sense, from a financial perspective.
How does the news about Retaliation being post-converted to 3D make you feel? Sound off in the comments section.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.
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