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(The Hollywood Reporter)   GI Joe screenwriters suing Paramount for stealing their sequel   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 16
    More: Strange, G.I. Joe, MGM, Paul Wernick, PDH Defendants, The Rise of Cobra, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, sequels, retaliation  
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2013-05-07 09:44:34 AM
Why would anyone want to take ownership of that POS?
 
2013-05-07 10:22:49 AM
GI Joe had writers?
 
2013-05-07 10:36:47 AM
all the above!

It was a pop corn seller! Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but no one has to worry about being left off the Oscar credits for this one.


Neat vehicles, hot girls, The Rock kicking ass. Odds are that was the total pitch to the studios.

bonus for the fan boys Cobra Commander in the chrome dome!
 
2013-05-07 11:21:17 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: GI Joe had writers?


larry hama was the last competent one.
 
2013-05-07 12:10:41 PM
Why does it keep referring to the movie as "Joe Cobra"?
 
2013-05-07 12:13:08 PM
I knew that movie would be bad. I avoided it for a long time. Then, about a year or so ago, with a hangover and no desire to think coherent thoughts, I relented and downloaded it. It was worse than I feared, which is really saying something. Just as an action movie it was terrible. But as a GI Joe movie it was an atrocity. Now, I'm no longer 12, and don't really give a rat's ass about the toys I used to play with, but it boggled the mind that that movie ever even made it into pre-production.
 
2013-05-07 12:14:05 PM

BowtoMogul: Why does it keep referring to the movie as "Joe Cobra"?


Because they mixed up their movies a little.


Those lines read with a touch of Abraham Simpson "I did the Iggy".
 
2013-05-07 12:15:03 PM
Now with the image:
www.redcarpetnewstv.com
 
2013-05-07 12:28:14 PM
So what if it was made for retarded children, was completely unwatchable, and had zero redeeming qualities?

There were hot chicks in it.  Until there is some kind of interconnected network of computers that contains images of attractive women, I'm afraid that I'll have to keep paying for movies like GI Joe.
 
2013-05-07 02:16:59 PM
I guess I don't give enough of a shiat about GI Joe, because I thought Rise of Cobra was a perfectly acceptable action movie. I liked it more than the Transformers movie that came out that year, possibly because it didn't turn my childhood hero into a face-stealing psychopath. But it did a Wayans brother in it who I didn't want to strangle and, well, Rachel Nichols.

All that said, I've heard people say the new GI Joe movie is a lot more in line with what they wanted/expected from one, so I'm willing to bet that the studio will be able to cite the comics and toy sources cribbed from and this case will be thrown out on its ear.

"These original inventions, which make Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel a compelling piece of story-telling, have been stolen by the (defendants) in the hopes of infusing the Joe Retailiation Movie with the blockbuster power of Plaintiffs' Work."

If that's an example of the plaintiffs' creative writing ability, I sure as hell hope Retaliation didn't crib anything from them.
 
2013-05-07 02:41:18 PM

ManateeGag: God Is My Co-Pirate: GI Joe had writers?

larry hama was the last competent one.


You sir deserve a free internetz.
 
2013-05-07 02:49:52 PM
Judge:  Wait, YOU wrote Rise of Cobra?  OKay here's the deal, you can have every penny you're asking for on one condition.  You must never write another screenplay, stage play, or other act of fiction that might be adapted into some kind of production that people would unknowingly hand over money to see.  Money that they would have been better off lighting on fire.
 
2013-05-07 03:01:45 PM
This is an unfortunate and fairly common practice in Hollywood. Which is why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't pitch anything, without a great deal of documentation, and a lawyer nearby. Even then, a lot of execs will do their best to screw the pooch and tell the original writers to kiss off.

That it was a GI Joe movie is less the issue, than writers getting boned for pitches that are stolen, and others handed their ideas, and told, "Write it this way, or you won't get paid."
 
2013-05-07 04:52:29 PM

hubiestubert: This is an unfortunate and fairly common practice in Hollywood. Which is why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't pitch anything, without a great deal of documentation, and a lawyer nearby. Even then, a lot of execs will do their best to screw the pooch and tell the original writers to kiss off.

That it was a GI Joe movie is less the issue, than writers getting boned for pitches that are stolen, and others handed their ideas, and told, "Write it this way, or you won't get paid."


Are you speaking from experience or just parroting the complaints of some emo Deviantartist whose did fan fiction of Bella and Edward before Fifty Shades of Gray?
 
2013-05-07 06:07:18 PM

hubiestubert: This is an unfortunate and fairly common practice in Hollywood. Which is why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't pitch anything, without a great deal of documentation, and a lawyer nearby. Even then, a lot of execs will do their best to screw the pooch and tell the original writers to kiss off.


Well it's just another episode from the 80 cartoon.
 
2013-05-07 10:33:49 PM

rjakobi: hubiestubert: This is an unfortunate and fairly common practice in Hollywood. Which is why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't pitch anything, without a great deal of documentation, and a lawyer nearby. Even then, a lot of execs will do their best to screw the pooch and tell the original writers to kiss off.

That it was a GI Joe movie is less the issue, than writers getting boned for pitches that are stolen, and others handed their ideas, and told, "Write it this way, or you won't get paid."

Are you speaking from experience or just parroting the complaints of some emo Deviantartist whose did fan fiction of Bella and Edward before Fifty Shades of Gray?


Actually, yes, I am. And I had to learn it the hard way. And within a relatively small circle of friends who've done screenwriting, and playwriting, this IS an issue that should be addressed by lawsuit. Because at this point, studios and publishers are not really looking for writers, they are looking for content providers who will sign over as many rights as possible, and if they don't do so, then they will look elsewhere. Unless you have a string of hits on your hands, or an agent who is REALLY good, writing is getting to be a very hard trade to make money in. You can do OK, but at this point, investing in organizations like the Screenwriter's Guild or the National Writers' Union is not just a good idea, it's self defense.
 
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