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J79
Jan 22nd 2018 at 6:46:52 AM

So apparently there's a third GI Joe movie coming out:

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/paramount-g-i-joe-dungeons-dragons-1202644244/

Personally, I'd like to see the whole idea of Springfield from the comics. The idea of an average suburban town being turned into a base of operation for a terrorist organization (with most of the town on their side to boot) was rather intriguing. The only problem is that I think Cobra of the films were known to the general public, so you may have to use mind-control gas or some other way to turn them to Cobra's side (as opposed to the comics where they came in as detergent salesmen convincing people to sell it door-to-door, and made it slowly morph into Cobra indoctrination meetings).

edited 22nd Jan '18 2:15:19 PM by J79

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Jan 23rd 2018 at 6:48:29 AM

Neat. I actually thought the second one was a good flick.

The first... less so, but it was fun. Genuinely enjoyed the second.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 7:04:55 AM

Why? The Joe brand is floundering (that godawful Scarlet’s Strike Force got cancelled before the first issue hit shelves thanks to its idiot author) and the idea of a government strike force probably isn’t the most popular right now. Give it ten, twenty years. Not now.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
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Jan 23rd 2018 at 8:25:17 AM

Probably because it's floundering. Hasbro wants a bump and of its properties, Joe probably has the best brand perception at the moment.

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Jan 23rd 2018 at 9:31:26 AM

Give it ten, twenty years. Not now.

Why? It's aimed at kids. That's always the goal. To sell toys to kids. You don't need to wait 10 years when your target audience only cares about your brand for a few years before it outgrows it.

Main issue of GI Joe, is that the concept is really dated. The GI Joe everyone remembers sort of hinges on a "Terrorists are funny and don't really have to terrifying goals like world domination or something". Attempts to update Cobra in light of the modern sensibility where the T word is a very real societal fear have varied in success. I liked GI Joe Renegade were Cobra was a corrupt Megacorporation, but I don't think it works for a movie as well.

And you need Cobra to be interesting coz otherwise you end up with just colorful army dudes with the occasional Ninjas. Cobra is by far the most memorable faction and aspect of G1 Joe.

edited 23rd Jan '18 9:38:02 AM by Ghilz

Jan 23rd 2018 at 9:37:46 AM

[up]Because in 10, 20 years our political and social climate will likely change and make Joe’s concept attractive again. The same way Joe couldn’t have worked in the 70’s but became iconic in the 80’s.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
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Fight It Out!
Jan 23rd 2018 at 9:38:42 AM

[up] I'd like to know what you base your assumption that Terrorism will be over in 10 years on :-P

Jan 23rd 2018 at 10:11:02 AM

[up]Terrorism wasn’t over in the 80’s, being a few years removed from the airline hijacking, but society was more pro government and conservative.

"That's right kid. Never play an ace when a two will do."
J79
Jan 23rd 2018 at 1:03:02 PM

Hasbro also wants to have their own "shared" cinematic universe (unsure if Transformers will be included) that's supposed to consist of Joe, ROM, M.A.S.K., and Visionairies (dont know how you'd fit a post-apocolyptic Earth into this whole thing). Wouldnt mind seeing those properties get a revival to be honest.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 1:54:13 PM

Likewise. Hasbro action figure franchises have always struck me as less elitist and more open versions of superheroes. The kind of team you don't need superpowers or a ten digit trust fund to join - in that regard, they're a lot more relatable. Then there's the fact they focus squarely on the action, sticking to their guns, so to speak, which is rather refreshing in an age where every action franchise goes for "character development", mostly meaning melodramatic angst and awkward romance that water down the story instead of enhancing it. Finally, Cobra is basically a Hydra expy, so I don't think the subject of terrorism itself is taboo. The only difference with superheroes is that the Joes work under established military hierarchies - not to everyone's taste, but given the success of films like American Sniper, hardly unprofitable as a concept. I say go for it. Another cartoon would also be nice to have.

Aug 14th 2019 at 1:04:00 PM

Doesn't sound like this is moving forward, but a Snake Eyes movie starring Henry Golding apparently is.

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