It's ninja vs. ninja in action-packed new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer

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Jan 23, 2013, 4:52 PM EST

We’ve been waiting a long time to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but if you’re a fan of insane ninja fights, it looks like it could be worth the wait.

The film has been stuck in post-3D conversion for about a year, but its March 29 release date is almost here. Retaliation is a sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but director Jon Chu says it should be a different animal than the lighter original. They’re wanting to dig into what made the franchise cool for kids everywhere. Hence, the badass ninjas.

Here’s how he explained the difference in a recent interview with Collider:

“We’re in that same world, in terms of being a continuation of that story. But, what’s great about G.I. Joe as a brand, over the years, everybody reinvents it in a different way.  The cartoon brought its own interpretation. So, I had a lot of freedom to create the tone of this world, which was really nice.  I’m amazed how many people saw the last movie.  Everywhere we go, people know it because it plays on TV a lot and so many people saw it in the theater. This is definitely a continuation. The President, at the end of that movie, is not who he says he is, and we take it from there and move on. Obviously, Duke (Channing Tatum) is in our movie, and we refer to some of those other characters, but we don’t hang onto all those things. We leave a lot of things open-ended, so that we’re exploring this part of the world, but maybe this part of the world can keep going in a different other way.”

Check out the new trailer below:

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Though it'll still be a while until this one opens, we'll get to check out the first four minutes attached to the beginning of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which opens January 24.

Did you like the first G.I. Joe. Do you plan on checking out the sequel?

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