Tuesday, September 04, 2007

G.I.J.O.E. - Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity

Yes that's right. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that it looks like Action Man is out and it'll be just the G.I.Joes. The bad news is that they've shoehorned the acronym G.I.J.O.E to fit the mouthful Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity.

Variety offered this new description of the Joes "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer. The property is closer in tone to X-Men and James Bond than a war film."

(Pic right-) Flint was one of my favourites. A pity Bruce Campbell is too old to play him now, he'd have been perfect.

Does this mean Destro is the bad-guy not Cobra Commander? Dunno, but it seems that Paramount and Hasbro don't need the Americanised G.I.Joe- they'll have what is basically Action Force with the name G.I.J.O.E. It could be worse - it could have Action Man. Thank heaven for small miracles. This time in the form of Stuart Battie, the new writer.

It appears Battie, whose previous credits include Collateral and 30 Days of Night will be starting from scratch and might be setting the Joe team in the near future around a major military conflict but will stay away from any recent real world terrorist events. It is expected to be ready in four to six weeks. Following that: Pre-production to start by November and production to start early next year.

Hell I'll take anything so long as there's no Action Man!

2 comments:

cork-host said...

So a group of europeans are filming G.I.J.O.E. ... What did you think of Resident Evil? Might go the same way.

Scarlett might get a bigger role this way ... and I suspect that "Baroness" is the bad guy (probably Kate Beckensdale getting out the old costume again)

Lt. Colonel Creedon said...

I like that idea. It's amazing that so many of peoples ideas for casting Kate Bekinsale in anything restrict her to wearing tight black leather :P