It’s hard not to get hyped about an action sequel featuring new cast members like The Rock and Bruce Willis; even if the original didn’t do much to wet our anticipation for the next one.
That’s just how it is with action legends, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation is proof. The sequel was originally slated for release on June 29th, 2012, and was all set to be this summer’s blockbuster. Fans loved the addition of the face of sports entertainment, Dwayne Johnson, and the face of the Die Hard franchise and many other action classics, Bruce Willis. With those names in mind, it’s not hard to wonder why the sequel stood tall as one of the most anticipated action flicks of the year.
The recent report coming out of Cinema Blend says you’re going to have to wait a little longer. The news has burst over Twitter, confirming the push of the release date:
Par is moving G.I. JOE: RETALIATION from June 29 all the way back to March 29, 2013. Why? The studio is converting it to 3D.
— Andrew Stewart (@Stew2MAX) May 23, 2012
Breaking: Paramount has put back the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation by nine months, to add 3D http://t.co/xyu5cJur
— Den Of Geek (@denofgeek) May 23, 2012
News Update: Yes it is true – G.I. Joe: Retaliation pushed back NINE months to March, 2013 http://t.co/zTkY1ZUw
— GeneralsJoes | YoJoe (@GeneralsJoes) May 23, 2012
All for the sake of 3-D? You shouldn’t have to wonder why that might be. We’ve all seen the prices of 3-d films, with most theaters carrying a $2-3, if not higher, cost on tickets. With enough people willing to shell over a few extra bucks to wear those funky glasses and see images stick a few inches out from the screen, it’s no surprise Paramount is hopping on the train, and re-formatting G.I. Joe: Retaliation, so that it too might rake in those dollars.
With ‘G.I. Joe 2′ trending on Twitter, everyone’s putting their own two cents in:
How massive is the Avengers? Where did G.I.Joe 2 go?….next March. #ouch
— Corey Mann (@mynameiscorey) May 23, 2012
*reads up on the current reason G.I. Joe 2 is trending worldwide* …… Oh wow, that kinds sucks.
— fossilized tree sap (@MiraiBaby) May 23, 2012
G.I. Joe 2..I've been waiting for so long..now I have to wait till 2013?! Better be worth the wait..
— Vale † Byn (@twimore) May 23, 2012
Business-wise, G.I. JOE 2's shift may make sense… but creatively, it sucks…
— Billy Donnelly (@infamouskidd) May 23, 2012
The change doesn’t affect everyone, however:
I guess G.I. Joe 2 is adding 3D to make it watchable.
— Earl Sinclair (@CallMeRudeSir) May 23, 2012
Will the wait be worth it? Only time will tell, and now we got a lot of it. However, some of us are easier to please than others:
While it’s a strategical move that will most likely bring Paramount some extra millions, that doesn’t mean we can’t slam our fists on the table and have a hissy fit until then. So go on, get a little mad, lose yourself!
Then just go see the Avengers again. You’ll be alright.