Director Jon M. Chu has moved on from Justin Bieber and the ‘Step Up’ franchise to head up some bigger films: ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ and ‘Masters of the Universe’. But after the latest Real American Hero film was delayed, there haven’t been much updates on that or the new He-Man feature that Sony tapped him for. That is, until now.
In an interview with MTV Geek (via /Film), Chu shares some big updates on both projects. First, on ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’, he wanted to let fans know that the delay will be worth the wait. He said:
“I really want to push how we use the 3-D. Especially since we pushed the movie date, I want to fulfill the promise to the fans that the 3-D will be great, and enhances the experience of the movie. So every step of the way, I’m in that room, watching… It’s hurting my eyes, but we’re getting it better, and pushing it further.”
Though the film wasn’t originally shot in 3D, the director was used to the medium because of his work on ‘Step Up 3D’ and ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’, and that’s helping a bit in this conversion process. Basically, Chu is doing everything he can to make this film the best it can be, even if it means some non-3D enhancements.
“If we had shot it in 3-D, there’s a lot of things that we would shot in a 3D way. Fortunately, a lot of our shots, I guess it was in my brain anyway. We had a lot of depth in our shots, or let our shots play longer. For me, if we’re going to do this, we have to make sure it enhances the experience. That’s where we are right now, and it’s a slow painful process, to be honest!
I’m trying to convince them to give me a couple days to do a couple of enhancements. But as of right now, we’ll see what they let me do. I really want to shoot some of the sections in 3-D to give it that edge… But we’ll see if time permits, and they’re down to do that.”
The new release date for ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ is March 29th, 2013, so we’ll see if it was worth the wait.
Now, on ‘Masters of the Universe’, the director shared that things are still in the early stages, so it’s still a work in progress:
“We’re working on the script, to make it better and stronger. We’re designing a bunch of stuff. I learned on Joe that to make it right, you have to do a lot of experimenting first, and you have to trust that during the process you’ll find where the tonal line is… It’s so delicate.
A lot of people ask, who are you going to cast? We’re not even there yet, we’re just trying to get the character of the movie down. This is one of the most fun parts, where all the possibilities are open, and we’re just playing in the sandbox.”
It’s good to hear that Chu is taking the time to get both of these franchises right considering that both have legions of fans that could be very upset if he doesn’t deliver. But how do you think he’ll do? Do you think Jon M. Chu can step up to the challenge of adapting these two beloved franchises? Share your thoughts in the comments below!