Exclusive: RZA Keeps Adding To Growing Big Screen Legacy, Says "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Producer
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 3:56PM
With the new G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-ray finally on store shelves this week, one of the film's producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura gives SOHH a few key reasons this is a must-own for the summer.
While the movie is highlighted with mega action stars like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis, di Bonaventura pointed out Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA's presence in the flick.
"Talk about multi-talented, RZA can pretty much do it all," di Bonaventura told SOHH. "One of the leaders of Wu-Tang Clan, he's one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, an amazing performer, a writer, director and an actor. In G.I. Joe: Retaliation he has a pivotal role as a blind martial arts master. If you're a fan, you have to check him out." (SOHH)
While the big screen delivers immense fun, the acclaimed producer promised the new Blu-ray will satisfy even more action-packed cravings.
"This movie was a massive undertaking and the bonus features on the Blu-ray really show you what it took to bring the incredible story to life," added di Bonaventura, who also produced the first G.I. Joe film. "You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at all of the major action sequences, the stunts, the characters and more. Whether you're a lifelong G.I. Joe fan or new to the franchise, this is a flat-out fun and exciting movie and I think everyone will enjoy watching it and seeing how the actors and filmmakers made it all happen." (SOHH)
Last year, RZA's Man With the Iron Fists directorial debut managed a spot in the box office Top 5.
Universal's new kung fu pic The Man With the Iron Fists opened to $8.2 million from 1,868 theaters to come in No. 4. The pic, which cost just $15 million to produce, marks the directorial debut of RZA and earned a C+ CinemaScore. Quentin Tarantino presented. (Hollywood Reporter)
The big project also received strong support from directing icon Quentin Tarantino.
It's no wonder that this film was produced by Quentin Tarantino, who did something similar with his own Kill Bill. The Man with the Iron Fists, though, unlike its stylistic forebear, seems to play less as an homage to very specific kung-fu flicks from the '60s and '70s (there are online rundowns of every single visual reference in Kill Bill ), and more like a modern tribute to kung fu flicks. In a way, Iron Fists take a bolder step than most action films, trying to update a moribund genre with big steaming scoops of ridiculous awesomeness. It occupies a middle ground between the '70s-obsessed eye of Tarantino, and the bold magical silliness of Big Trouble in Little China. (Crave Online)
Be sure to check back on SOHH later this month when Lorenzo di Bonaventura gives you his Top 5 reasons to pick up G.I. Joe: Retaliation as you head back to school.
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