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Transformers 2, G.I. Joe, Justice League, Oh My!

Published January 8, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respected holders.
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Thanks to IESB, we got quite a few small updates coming your way for upcoming tentpole productions. Let's begin, shall we?

G.I. Joe Talk, Transformers 2 Production, Justice League Delayed

IESB learned from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura that Transformers 2 will enter production June 2nd. There is no script just yet thanks to the WGA strike, but Michael Bay wants to go big (obviously).

Lorenzo di Bonaventura goes on to discuss G.I. Joe or, more importantly, why they decided to go with Marlon Wayans as Ripcord.

IESB: Let's go to the most recent announcement that kind of surprised a lot of people. Wallace Weems, Ripcord, played by Marlon Wayans. Tell me that he nailed the audition because it's so out of the box here.

LDB: Well, let's talk about Marlon for a second. A lot of people are fans of his from the comedic point of view obviously for all the right reasons, but what I think everybody forgets about is how damn good he was in Requiem for a Dream as an actor. And, when we were trying to figure out who would be the right element to make this combination work of Duke as the leader and Ripcord as the best friend who sorta gets Duke in trouble all the time and Duke has to bail him out all the time and have fun with him, we needed a guy who's gonna be funny and we needed a guy who was going to be a good actor. And we went to Marlon and said, "We'd love to talk to you." And he's a gigantic GI Joe fan and immediately asked, "is Cobra in it, is Destro in it?" I mean before he even got to read the script he was so much fun to talk to because he understood what it was. So he got it immediately, and when we did the test, you know, we all looked at each other and the studio and there isn't one person who didn't think it was a no-brainer. So, from our point of view, he's playing a military character who's got some real good quips but he's got to be good, he's got to be physical, and I mean Marlon is a strapping guy, he's got good size to him. So, I think the fans will feel, when they see him, that he is playing the solider that they anticipate anyone from the G.I. Joe group to be.

After acknowledging Justice League's bumpy road (so far), IESB has received official word that the film's production has been pushed back.

So what's the final verdict on Justice League? I was having dinner this evening when I got a call from one of our moles over at Warner Bros. who told us, "Justice League has been pushed back to at least April or May and possibly a start date as late as June or July…that is of course if the movie doesn't get scrapped altogether."

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