Stephen Sommers, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols all arrived in Sydney on the weekend to kick off the world tour for “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”. Paramount Australia organized a harbour-side press conference to promote the film (didn’t get an invite myself, strange), and CineFools asked director Sommers about the talk a while back that he’d been ‘removed’ from the editing room.
“Yes I have final cut, it was actually a surprise because I was in the editing room and I got a phone call from a friend checking if I had been fired and replaced, so I just kept editing. That’s what’s crazy about the internet because I have final cut and they couldn’t throw me off if they wanted and clearly when you see the movie you’ll realise how silly that was” said Sommers.
He went on to say “Someone said ‘It was the worst testing movie in Paramount’s history’ that’s crap! When you see the movie you’ll know it’s false. It is discouraging though. If you took two seconds to look into it not only do I have final cut but as a director if I didn’t have final cut, you’d have to really screw up a movie to get fired because once a director gets fired from a project the stigma attached to that movie… you’re just dead.”
Are the cast signed for a sequel? Sommers confirmed that “yes they are” and filming could begin as early as next Summer. Meanwhile the director’s official site has opened with exclusive clips and webisodes about the visual effects.