10 GI Joe stories to use for new movie

Here’s why I decided to come up with a list of 10 GI Joe stories for the next film.

Paramount and Skydance recently announced they’ve brought on Jonathan Lemkin to write G.I. Joe 3. The Joe film franchise has been decent, but hardly the juggernaut of its fellow Hasbro toy brand, Transformers, which have all grossed at least $319 million. The highest grossing of the two Joe films was the reviled original, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which just reached $150 million. The 2013 sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, only managed $122.5 million.

Arguably the biggest problem with both films is that they don’t fully capture the Joe experience.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) was a step in the right direction, but it was still off. But luckily for Paramount and Skydance, there’s all kinds of easy how to make a better Joe movie guides via the stellar run of writer Larry Hama.

joe47Hama is one of my favorite comic book writers as he crafted a throwaway toy license into one of the more popular Marvel Comics during the 1980s-1990s. And in the 150+ he wrote the comic, Hama cranked out some pretty spectacular stories.

Perhaps not too surprisingly, those stories hold up remarkably well even today and could easily be translated to a modern film experience. Lemkin need look no further than these 10 GI Joe stories — each of which would make for a better, Joe experience than anything we’ve seen so far. So let’s get to it.

No. 10

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  • keith

    I remember reading that story about nuclear pacifist in one of those IDW collections. I had no clue how better the book is in comparison to the cartoon, which i loved. The dialouge was corny (stalker lol). But it tackled a serious issue. Sadly jeff, I think they went down the path of trash with the whole Mars industry crap, and the fact that Cobra Commander was mind bender and a joe at one point? I know joe levitt is still washing the stink off from it. Im glad he sad you know, that was a bad idea to take this role. I kind of like CC being a faceless threat and a shadowy figure. I have no faith in the in this franchise better. I have gave up on the transformers films as well. Only redbox films.. especially since AMC is going to raise prices…smh

  • Barry Murray

    Some great ideas. I’d love to see them go outright fantasy-world on us and do Arise, Serpentor, Arise, and perhaps even the Cobra-La story.
    Something so bananas, it could only be 80’s-derived storylines.

  • Thanks. Arise Serpentor Arise would be fun too. They could do it like “National Treasure.” Cobra-La is the one that I’m not sure they could pull off or that I want to see.

  • Barry Murray

    No. Perhaps not. I feel they need to move into the fantasy world of the cartoon a little. I know Retaliation was a step in the right direction. But they need to go further!