Moviefone has posted an interview with GI Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu that seriously makes us start to get excited about the upcoming sequel. If adding Team Bring It with the Rock wasn’t enough, and if the awesomeness of Bruce Willis wasn’t enough on top of that, there are a lot of things from the trailer that make it look to best the original by a long shot. But now with this interview, it’s hard to not get hyped from what sounds like a true GI Joe fan making a movie that’s truer to the Marvel (and now IDW) comics than the animated series:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not in this movie. Under the mask, is this the same character that Levitt played?
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
Was that one of your first commands as director? “Cobra Commander has to look like Cobra Commander.”
Yeah, definitely, no doubt. That and no lips on Snake Eyes. And no laser guns. And as much real, physical stunts as we can. I don’t want to shoot on a green screen. Of course we had to do some green screen, but, for the most part, we got to shoot a lot of practical stunts.
Will this more resemble the Larry Hama comic book or the animated series?
You know, I always see the Joe kingdom as three different eras. The original twelve-inch Joe –
Which Bruce Willis represents…
Yes. And then the Larry Hama comic book. And then the cartoon. The last movie I see as more like the cartoon version. I think we’re more like the comic book.
Cobra Commander should be a bad ass, but hopefully they can get someone to at least try to pay homage to Chris Latta’s classic voice. The rest of the interview shows that Chu is a fan of Joe, which the previous director wasn’t, so it sounds like the sequel may turn out to be the GI Joe movie we’ve wanted since the first disappointed.