- Cast: Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Joseph Mazzello, Arnold Vosloo, RZA, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, Faran Tahir, Ilia Volok, Han Soto, D.J. Cotrona, Matt Gerald, Eddie Hargitay, Ajay Mehta, Robert Catrini, Marcelo Tubert, Timothy Bruns, Mike Mayhall, Raja Deka, Anthony A. Kung, W. Dante Ha, Elvin Yoshida, Nathan Takashige
- Director: Jon M. Chu
- Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
- Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner
- Executive Producers: David Ellison, Herb Gains, Erik Howsam
- Art Directions: Luke Freeborn, Alan Hook, Sebastian Schroder
- Casting: Ronna Kress
- Costume Design: Louise Mingenbach
- D.O.P.: Stephen F. Windon
- Editors: Roger Barton, Jim May
- Makeup: Todd Kleitsch
- Music: Henry Jackman
- Production Design: Andrew Menzies
- Set Decoration: Cynthia La Jeunesse
The film will feature the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly, all serving under the newly released Cobra Commander. Zartan (who is last seen in disguise as the President of the United States) manipulates the U.S. Government and frames all G.I. Joe operatives as traitors, wiping most of them out in a sneak attack. Zartan and the Commander now have all the world leaders under Cobra's control, with warheads headed towards innocent populaces. Badly beaten, outnumbered and outgunned, the Joes make a desperate plan to expose the truth and take back the world from Cobra, with their secret black operation called the "Second American Revolution", which involves the original G.I. Joe General Joseph Colton.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
- Production Budget: $125 million
- Production Companies: Di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions
- Production Schedule: 15 August 2011 - 24 November 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "Stephen Sommers' 2009 franchise launcher "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was like much of the director's work - overstuffed with characters and ridiculous in the extreme. It was a CG-fuelled kiddie movie of cartoonish violence and sillier performances that bore very little relation to the actual G.I. Joe toy and cartoon franchise. Grossing $300 million worldwide on a costly budget of $175 million, Paramount's announcement of a sequel surprised many.
"Zombieland" scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the script, "Step Up" series director Jon Chu took over the helm, and the cast underwent a big shake-up with only five actors from the first film - Channing Tatum, Lee Byung-hun, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo and Jonathan Pryce - reprising their roles here. Instead, both The Rock and Bruce Willis have been enlisted with the latter playing the original Joe himself - General Joe Colton.
What can be seen is something a bit more grounded in reality than the previous film - less about Saharan secret bases and super CG submersibles, and more about straightforward action. The plot is fairly routine - the G.I. Joes are framed as traitors and are all seemingly wiped out. The few that remain must stop Cobra from taking control of nuclear missiles and launching them at various cities. Even so, there's still a goofy appeal here with sequences such as ninjas sword fighting whilst hanging from ropes along the sides of a sheer cliff.
The film made major headlines back in May when, one month before its scheduled release, it was pushed back a whopping nine months. Officially the delay was to both add 3D and boost the international marketing campaign. Unofficially, word was that test screenings for the film did not go so well. Some extensive reshoots were done to work back in Channing Tatum's character who originally died quite early on in the film. Between the time of shooting and the time of release, Tatum's star had soared and he suddenly became a big asset.
It is expected he will now take on a more substantial role in the final product. With a budget hovering at around $185 million, this is a big gamble for Paramount. Ultimately though they did the right thing, giving the film necessary breathing room instead of letting it become a casualty at this year's overcrowded Summer box-office. How the final product will fare we'll have to wait and see, but for now I've considerably more anticipation for this sequel than I had for anything I saw in the lead up to the first film."