Sometimes Hollywood reminds me of my days back in high school. All it takes is one person or statement to be released into the world and we’ve got a big elaborate story for everyone to gossip over. This is exactly what’s been happening with the film, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Various websites have been reporting that the film’s director Stephen Sommers had been axed from the movie half way through it’s post-production. The story was posted everywhere and got so big that Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had to step in to clear things up.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke to LatinoReview about the status of Stephen Sommers involvement with G.I. Joe, and clarified if there was any truth to the rumors. According to him, “It’s very unfair to Steve, it’s completely untrue he was never asked to leave or been fired or any of that. That’s ridiculous.” The rumor generated when a user on the Don Murphy Forum posted that Sommers was axed due to an overwhelmingly negative response by the audience at a recent test screening for the film. The user went on to say that the director was “locked out of the editing room,” and another editor was brought in to make some revisions.
Bonaventura says that nothing that dramatic or out of the ordinary occurred during the editing process for the movie. Here’s his response to what really happened behind closed doors.
Nothing that doesn’t happen on every other movie, which is that you constantly work and work and work and you make it better and better. We had a delay on visual effects so we waited a long time to finish the movie but that’s the only thing. I don’t really know why that would be interpreting it negatively but I guess it was.
He also went on to respond to the claim that the film tested bad. There have been some conflicting reports that say it did pretty good, and that it even tested as well as the first Transformers.
Well listen, we tested very well and I don’t compare the movies because they are different movies, but you know I think its really destructive for a director…It hurts a guy’s career when people go around talking about that he was fired or he didn’t do a good job and truth is he did a really good job. People are going to enjoy the movie and the test audiences enjoyed the movie.
As for Sommers job, it’s apparently not in any danger and all is well. The article goes on to confirm that not only is he still on board, but he definitely has final cut on the film.
In my opinion stuff happens all the time during and after film production. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some type of disagreement, but I don’t think it’s as extreme as everyone’s made it out to be. I’m less concerned about the idea of Sommers being fired, than the idea that the film tested as well as Transformers. I think not. G.I Joe looks horrible! The Transformers’ trailer and film look great. There are a lot of instances where you will see a great trailer for a bad film, but rarely vice versa. I don’t trust that statement in the least.
What are your thoughts on the Sommers, G.I. Joe drama? Do you think the film will be as good as Transformers?