Last week it was announced that the sequel would be bumped from its original release date of June 29, 2012, to March 29, 2013 — a full nine months. Such a long delay is often a sign of trouble with the film itself, and although the studio behind Retaliation said the push-back was caused by a decision to convert the film to 3D, there might be more to this story.
Rumors are swirling that the delay is all about Tatum, whose leading role was displaced with the addition of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Bruce Willis. But the change doesn’t sit well with Paramount now that Tatum is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest movie stars around. There is speculation, in fact, that part of the reason G.I. Joe was pushed back was so that it wouldn’t be in direct competition with a frequently shirtless Tatum in his upcoming stripper movie Magic Mike. Plus, re-shoots were said to have included more scenes with Tatum; it’s unclear if any more are in the works. What seems increasingly clear, though, is that there are some behind-the-scenes regrets about this movie.