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Rumor of Stephen Sommers fired from ‘G.I. Joe’, a false one

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In response to the flying words that director Stephen Sommers was fired mid-way through ‘G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra’, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura as well as Paramount have come out with a denial.

Words that director Stephen Sommers being shunt out from “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” apparently hold no truth in them. In an interview with Latino Review, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has set things straight, saying “It’s very unfair to Steve, it’s completely untrue he was never asked to leave or been fired or any of that. That’s ridiculous. The movie tested very well.”

When the site mentioned that the screening test result is as good as “Transformers”, the producer declined to compare “G.I. Joe” with other movies. He said, “Well listen, we tested very well and I don’t compare the movies because they are different movies, but you know I think it’s really destructive for a director.”

“It hurts a guy’s career when people go around talking about that he was fired or he didn’t do a good job and truth is he did a really good job. People are going to enjoy the movie and the test audiences enjoyed the movie. He did a very good job the movie tested well and it couldn’t be more false that the studio in anyway did anything negatively to Steve.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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