This is really surprising news – G.I. JOE: Retaliation was scheduled to arrive in theaters next month (June 29), but suddenly, Paramount has pulled the flick from the 2012 rotation and moved it to 2013.

Paramount claims it is pulling the movie to add 3D.  This is interesting because most of us already understand that taking a movie shot in 2D and giving it the 3D treatment generally sucks, but the studio is doing it anyway.  Paramount believes in the idea because “we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally.”  Well of course it will better the international box office because the studio gets to charge more for 3D flicks.

The movie is getting the bump to March 29, 2013, which is another odd move, as generally movies released during that time period are expected to be under-performers or movies not expected to make a crap ton during a summer release.  Paramount has an answer to that as well claiming the success of The Hunger Games during March will repeat with G.I. Joe.  I’m not totally familiar with the target audience of The Hunger Games, but a movie that tends to lean toward the female tween, released during spring break in the U.S., seems like a different target market than G.I. JOE.

Is there something more behind the move? Certainly The Avengers continued box office success, and how it affected movies coming out weeks after may have played a part in the decision, especially with Prometheus and Brave coming out in the week’s before June 29th.

If Paramount is able to pull this off, then more power to them, and it will go a long way to change perceptions about 3D and March releases.

via Deadline

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  1. Verse
    May 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    Yeah. This is an very odd move. Something else has to be up with such a last moment change. The 2D to 3D statement just feel like a disdirection to me.

  2. Xian
    May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    IGN’s analysis was that films like these- ones with jingoism and American patriotism- strangely, seem to do better overseas than domestically, particularly in 3D (see, most recently, Battleship). So their thought is this maneuver is meant to maximize this phenomena. Even so this is a pretty remarkable push coming so close to release (in five weeks) for such a long delay (nearly a year).

    My only concern is that such a long delay tends to smack of desperation… a film that needs a gimmick so badly undermines my confidence in the underlying material. Which is a pity because I was looking forwards to this one and didn’t think the trailers looked all that bad.

  3. Arbor Day
    May 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    Simple fact that movie executives are greedy, short sighted, and desperate to prove themselves.

    • seneca
      May 25, 2012 at 8:18 am — Reply

      If you are greedy, shortshighted and desperate then why drive the release date back a whole year?

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