When the firstÂ trailerÂ wasÂ releasedÂ for G.I. JoeÂ 2, it looked like Channing Tatum‘s character of Duke wasn’t going to feature as much – the trailer hinting that theÂ characterÂ befell some kind ofÂ tragedy. It’s now been revealed that for some strange reason – possibly due to the fact that most of the original cast was excised – Â Tatum’sÂ characterÂ gets killed off in the first ten minutes.
Test audiences were not happy with this as well as Â little or no inter-Â actionÂ between his and Dwayne Johnson‘sÂ characterÂ prior to those events. So producers went back and shot some extra scenes to include prior to this narrative blunder. While the former Rock seems to be taking over every major franchise, it turns out that he couldn’t quite out shine Channing Tatum’s star and further testÂ screeningsÂ revealed thatÂ audiencesÂ were still displeased with the actor’s untimely exit. Let’s face it, shock deaths are what supportingÂ charactersÂ are for, you don’t expect the big names to get bumped off.
DeadlineÂ did some digging and found out the movie moguls realised they made a giantÂ miscalculationÂ by killing off Tatum, andÂ theÂ newsÂ that the movie was being delayed for nine months toÂ accommodateÂ a 3D conversion was all part of the ruse…Â â€śThe 3D is an excuse as to not reveal the Tatum of it allâ€ť aÂ source revealed.
Despite a ton of money being spent onÂ marketingÂ and toys ready to hit the shelves, the filmÂ willÂ now be re-worked. Test screenings scores ranged from â€śmediocre to badâ€ť, and the only positive aspect was the short relationship between Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. The delay will allow for the stars schedules to align as well as the necessary scriptÂ revisions to bring Tatum’sÂ characterÂ back.
Perhaps the onlyÂ benefit is the re-shoots can be shot using the 3D format as originally planned.
G.I. Joe: RetaliationÂ is now scheduled for release March 29th, 2013.Â