‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Reshoots Didn’t Add Any Extra Channing Tatum
When Paramount Pictures abruptly decided to pull 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' off their release slate last year - just one month before it was to open - rumors began flying that the reason was to add more Channing Tatum, who unexpectedly became a sizable box office draw thanks to movies like 'The Vow' and '21 Jump Street' but was just a supporting player in the sequel.
Today, 'Joe' producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has squashed all hope of a significant extra amount of Tatum. Read the producer's words on the matter after the break.
Speaking with Crave Online, di Bonaventura says the "new" version of 'Retaliation' is "not much different," explaining that the production only shot for three additional days. As for Tatum, the producer swatted away the idea that the new and improved 'Retaliation' includes much more of the actor, who went from hunk to Hollywood A-lister in a short amount of time.
That is a complete rumor. I don’t know where that started. Literally, Channing shot for - if I have it wrong, I’m off by an hour - four hours, five hours? So it wasn’t really about that at all.
Aside from the Tatum and 3D factors, Paramount was also reportedly unhappy with 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation's' test screening scores last spring, which contributed to their decision to fiddle with the sequel. With a reported budget of $130 million (in other words, $200 million), the studio can't afford to put out a product that was getting mixed reviews... Perhaps one day the whole story will be revealed.
In any event, it's our hope that the studio fixed the film's problems and have a hit on their hands; it would be supremely unfortunate to think this massive delay was all for nothing.
We'll finally get to see 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' on March 29th.