Well, consider the unfortunate news confirmed. I spoke with Public Relations at The Hub, and they have confirmed that G.I. Joe: Renegades will cease airing original episodes after the summer. They have declared the series “On Hiatus” in anticipation of the upcoming film sequel.
This sounds remarkably similar to the situation with Transformers: Animated after the third season, as it was phased out in favor for a style closer to the live action Transformers films. Considering how much stronger fan support Renegades seem to generate, especially when compared to the Rise of Cobra film, this is a disappointing turn of events, to say the least.
Let’s all hope that the next live action film franchise is closer to the spirit of A Real American Hero than the previous film was, so the animation doesn’t potentially suffer for it. The entire text of the communication from The Hub is below.
You can read the rest of the news, including a quote from Hub’s PR department over at GeneralsJoes.com.
It would seem that the creative direction of the G.I. Joe franchise is once again at the mercy of Paramount Pictures.
(A big thanks to Justin for all of his hard work digging up the facts on this.)