Those excited for the release of 'G.I Joe: The Retaliation' will be disappointed to learn that the big budget action film has had its release pushed back until March next year - the movie was supposed to come out on June 29th and leaves Paramount Pictures without a big name commercial movie in cinemas this summer. The decision seems strange given that, as recently as Monday (May 21, 2012), the director of the film Jon M. Chu had enthused over its impending release, telling the Los Angeles Times "It's been a crazy journey but we're almost there. I'm excited for people to finally see it or even finally get a glimpse. I'm really excited about it."
He's going to have to curb his enthusiasm for a while though, with insider telling the 'Times that the movie was now being made into 3D, hence the delay. Nevertheless, it's an odd move for Paramount and they're now looking at a light release schedule in 2012, with no other film with more than a $100 million budget coming out this year, the company also having decided to push 'World War Z' back to next year as well. 2013, in contrast, now looks utterly loaded for the studio.
For one of its co-stars, Dwayne Johnson, meanwhile, it was going to be his big screen return after heading back to his first love of professional wrestling for a few months at the beginning of the year. That stint ended after he won the main event at World Wrestling Entertainment's Wrestlemania in April, and he has claimed that he'll return next year. However with the release of 'G.I Joe: The Retaliation' now falling just a couple of weeks before Wrestlemania 29, it's hard to see how he's going to be able to cope with both promotional schedules.