I had included G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in my list of Top Ten Science Fiction Films of 2012, based on the original release date of June 29. Despite the first trailer being released with Super Bowl XLVI last February, Paramount announced that they would be pushing back the release until March 29, 2013.
Based on reports, the primary two reasons were to add 3D and to reshoot scenes with Channing Tatum. The producers have apparently written out Tatum’s character’s early death and had to reshoot scenes with Dwayne Johnson, because in test screenings their relationship was praised.
I agree with the decision to make that rewrite. Keeping Tatum’s character would strengthen the connection between the first and second movies, as opposed to having two movies based on the same premise but with different characters/stars. I think this will make this upcoming movie better, and to be honest, this franchise needs all the help it can get. If this movie tanks like the first G.I. JOE film did, the franchise might be done.