G. I. Joe’s second big-screen mission was just about to begin last year when Paramount suddenly called the troops back to base, delaying the release of “G.I. Joe- Retaliation” by nine months to convert it to 3-D. The move came just weeks after another movie based on a Hasbro toy, “Battleship,” was torpedoed at the box office.
Fans will soon find out if it was worth the wait — “G.I. Joe- Retaliation” opened this week.
Though director Jon M. Chu always wanted to make the film in 3-D, learning of the delay a month before the film was set to open was initially crushing.
“It’s kind of like running a marathon and you’re at the last leg and you’re exhausted and you’re right at the finish line ... and then someone trips you and says, ‘Oh, that’s not the line. That was just an illusion. It’s actually double the time,’” he said in a recent interview. “Literally your body aches.”
Chu and his team spent their time solely on converting the film to 3-D, and they hope fans will be so dazzled by the effects that they’ll forgive the nine-month wait.
“We had to get in frame by frame and turn it into 3-D, which was a long, laborious task,” Chu said, “but ultimately I think it really helps our movie.”
But will it be enough to bring fans into theaters? We’ll see soon.AP