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Quite suddenly, over the past 24 hours, a rumored leaked script for the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has gotten quite a bit of focus, from many online sites like Collider, FilmDrunk, and Den of Geek.  It even started a Twitter war between FilmDrunk and elmayimbe from Latino Review.  So, you know this thing resonates with the geek film crowd out there.  Whether it’s due to the disappointment of the first film, or a love of the G.I. Joe franchise deep rooted in the 80’s, I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, it’s already sparked some debate.
So what caused the outcry?
Well, let me preface this by saying something…  I have read the script in question.  I received it a few weeks ago and ran it through some filters, and it certainly did not appear to be legit based on what I heard and saw.
That’s not to say it didn’t look legit on the surface.  In fact, I’ve read quite a few scripts in my day, and I’ve seen some fanboy dream scripts, and some authentic scripts, and on the surface, this script read like a real script.  It didn’t have much of the fanboy angle, it drew a lot of elements from the first film.
But at the same time, it also introduced many great elements from the cartoon and comic, and actually wove it into a pretty interesting, cool story.  But there are reasons I didn’t post anything about this mysterious script:

  1. If the fandom didn’t like it, we risk backlash against a film based on a script that might not be real
  2. If the fandom loved it, and it ended up being fake,  there could be backlash against Hasbro and Paramount for not using this script.

Either way, Hasbro/Paramount loses, in my mind, and based on the virulant reaction to The Rise of Cobra (much of it well deserved), that’s not a chance I really wanted to take.
So, before anyone asks…no, I will not be sharing the script.  I know there will be fans out there who claim Hollywood is muffling it because they don’t want people to know it’s real.  I don’t know the truth 100%, but I have strong suspicions that the script is not legit.  It is a very entertaining read, but ultimately I suspect it will not represent what we see on screen in 2012, so rather than get the fandom in an uproar over something that may not have any actual bearing on the final product, I’m going to keep a lid on it.