There’s a nasty rumour going around this week about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra that, if true, would seem to confirm all of our fears about this movie being a downright disaster. Word on the street is that director Stephen Sommers was fired from the project and locked out of the editing room after the movie received the lowest test score ever in the history of Paramount’s test screenings! Renowned editor Stuart Baird was called in to help salvage the project, while Sommers claimed to be off doing pre-production on the new Tarzan movie in order to save face.
According to Latino Review, this information comes from an anonymous poster on Don Murphy’s message boards (the producer of Transformers), so it is far from being 100% confirmed. Still, the story certainly sounds believable, and there are apparently more sources starting to come out of the woodwork to support it. The unfortunate thing is that even if it’s not true, people will be only too eager to believe it — and this is not the kind of negative buzz the movie needs right now. Especially after the most recent trailer had finally started to change some people’s minds about this project. What do you think… does G.I. Joe have any chance in hell of being a decent film? Do you believe this story or does it reek of a fanboy hatchet job?
Update: As expected, the story has been officially denied… is that the same as debunked? I guess. Latino Review has a follow-up interview with Lorenzo di Bonaventura where he says Stephen Sommers did a “really good job” and that the movie “tested very well”.