6 December 2012 8:18 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Once upon a time G.I. Joe: Retaliation was going to be a centerpiece of summer 2012, picking up from the mediocre start of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and giving the franchise new life by bringing in big names like The Rock and Bruce Willis. There were trailers, posters, toy lines, everything-- until Paramount decided at the last minute to shift the movie's release by more than 9 months, scheduling it for March 29, 2013. Though they never admitted it, it wasn't hard to guess their reason. All signs pointed to Rise of Cobra star Channing Tatum being killed off early in the film, apparently at his own request-- Tatum knew his career was going places and he didn't want to be shackled to this franchise. The producers allowed it, but then early in 2012 it was clear that the double whammy of The Vow and 21 Jump Street had made Tatum far too »

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