Are we the only ones who want to see Channing Tatum back to rocking tight tees and a vast selection of firearms alongside Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Bruce Willis?
When we found out that G.I. Joe: Retaliation was coming out in June, we were pretty excited at the prospect of more expensively-produced escapist fantasy featuring Channing Tatum. As you can expect, then, we were also pretty annoyed to find out that the release date was just a month before the movie’s release pushed back to 2013. What? Why?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are a number of reasons. Paramount needed more time to turn the sequel into a 3D spectacle and they were also a bit scared that they’d have had to contend with The Amazing Spider-Man (which is probably going to live up to its name) and Battleship. That’s some pretty tough competition indeed. Who doesn’t want to see British actor Andrew Garfield inherit a sticky-palmed onesie from Toby Maguire? And, who doesn’t want to see Rihanna in a non-singing role as a tough petty officer with special weapons training, in what seems to be Top Gun meets Independence Day meets Transformers?
However, are these two movies really a challenge for Channing Tatum and his ripped body? Maybe not. But that leads us on to the main (and most exciting) reason why the release date has been pushed back…
Apparently, Tatums character originally died pretty early on in Retaliation. If you’ve been following Tatum and his of late much-flaunted physique, you’ll have noticed his rise to prominence and massive popularity increase resulting in forthcoming projects including the male stripper flick Magic Mike. It looks like Paramount wanted to maximize Tatum’s role in the movie and build on his relationship with The Rock’s character.
Although we’re gutted that we’ve got longer to wait, more Channing might be worth it. Is more of him always a good thing?