‘G.I. Joe’ gets new marching orders

Channing Tatum (left) and Dwayne Johnson are shown in a scene from “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

G.I. Joe won’t be going into action on the big-screen this summer, after all.

The Hollywood Reporter said Paramount Pictures yanked its sequel, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” from its June 29 release date and rescheduled the movie for March 29.

While it’s not uncommon for studios to shuffle opening dates, it is rare for such a big-budget movie to get the bump so close to its release.

Paramount executives told the Reporter the move was made so the studio would have time to convert “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” into a digital 3-D version.

Action films often get most of their revenue from 3-D showings, which cost a few dollars more per ticket and can boost a movie’s prospects to make its money back.

Paramount did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.