In an attempt to generate some buzz for this summer’s toy adaptation G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Stephen Sommers recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what inspired his vision for the movie. Sommers, who’s best known for the popular Mummy franchise, dropped the bomb that an actor from the series will make a cameo appearance in G.I. Joe. The director also stated that there would be a vintage James Bond connection thrown in with them.
Find out who makes a surprise appearance after the jump.
Sommers adds that G.I. Joe, which also stars Dennis Quaid and features a cameo from his Mummy star Brendan Fraser, was partly inspired by the Sean Connery-era James Bond movies.
As for what inspired his vision for the film…
In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there’s an underwater battle under the polar icecap that’s Thunderball times 10!”
Did he just say an underwater battle? Is it wrong that his statements have turned me even further away from this project? I’m just not impressed. Maybe, if a trailer was released at some point, I would change my outlook. For this to be a summer blockbuster, they’re sure lagging on the promotional work. The buzz is simply not there.
Is anyone out there actually excited about G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra? If so, can you explain to me why I should be?