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G.I. Joe Directors Shortlist

The list couldn't be more worlds apart

By Chris Beveridge     February 15, 2011

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After being initially reported by Latino Review, the Hollywood Reporter is now following up with similar word about who may be on the short list to get the second G.I. Joe feature going for its planned June 2012 release date that will have it going up at the same time frame as the Avengers movie. With the original director of Stephen Sommers having moved away from the project and the film having raked in just over 300 million worldwide, there's a push to make this one work and the two names that are coming up in both reports are quite different. First is F. Gary Gray who has done some solid work for Paramount before, notably with The Italian Job, while the other contender is Jon M. Chu who has to his credit the first two installments of Step Up and the just released Justing Bieber doc.

The piece at the Hollywood Reporter indicates that several people are in talks with the films producer but talks with Paramount executives aren't set until later this week.

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Badger 2/15/2011 1:43:20 PM

"the other contender is Jon M. Chu who has to his credit the first two installments of Step Up and the just released Justin Bieber doc."

oy.... /facepalm

Chris Beveridge 2/15/2011 2:43:57 PM

To be fair, he handled the 3D aspect of the Bieber doc well and it kept me pretty entertained throughout.

kalkent 2/15/2011 3:45:02 PM

yeah sounds like another great gi joe movie!

jmw2814 2/15/2011 5:07:15 PM

The first movie was crap. I dont say that about most things and usually find something I like about all movies but it sucked bad and I love GI JOE. If ever there was a franchise that needed to start over it is GI JOE. This time time find a Duke that doesnt speak in ghetto thug.

reek 2/15/2011 6:17:40 PM

Yeah, I'm gonna say it again.  The G.I. Joe movie was almost as good as it could be given the severe limitations of the source material.  I loved the cartoon and comics two, but I was 11.  There is no "Apocalypse Now" hidden in the G.I.Joe cannon, no matter who writes or directs.  It's a children's show for God's sake.  The movie had ridiculous vehicles made to inspire toy sales like the original and over the top characters in over the top costumes, also to inspire action figure sales.  G.I. Joe has always been an enjoyable Hasbro commercial in every incarnation.  Deal with it. 

That being said, Channing Tatum can't act and should be replaced.  And loose the cyber suits and Snake Eyes mouth slit.  Otherwise, I'm all good for number 2.

Chadghostal 2/15/2011 10:01:32 PM

You can easily reboot this film without ever having to call it a reboot. New director, new cast, new characters, new scenarios.

Replace Duke with Flint

Replace Scarlett with Lady Jay

Replace Heavy Duty with Roadblock

Replace Ripcord with Stalker if you want to keep the demographic or Wild Bill if you want to keep the pilot.

Replace Breaker with Mainframe

Then throw gung ho and shipwreck in there.

Keep Snake Eyes (he is a silent ninja, not like he will have much exposition on what happened)

Keep the masks on Cobra Commander and Destro

Zartan is a master of disguise...easily played by someone else.


Wiseguy 2/16/2011 4:06:29 AM

I enjoyed the movie and all the cheese that came with it. But then again I never followed the Joe's in any format too close so I don't have any "fond memories" nor do I demand a more accurate portrayal like a diehard fan would.

And I'm really looking forward to another cheesy sequel

EVOKnight 2/16/2011 7:36:37 AM

at leat the movie was more faithful to the original cartoon than the new cartoon " gi joe renegades". As much as i love there is a new Joe cartoon on the air Renegades is a atrocity! Its like Teh Ateam mixed with Gi Joe. The movie at least brought a hockey and silly 80's cartoon to life......

Im looking forward to round 2 on the big screen!

MrGarabaldi 2/16/2011 7:50:20 AM

I will conceed that the first was a TERRIBLE movie, and Channing Tatum is almost unwatchable.  Having said that, the first time I saw it I spent the entire movie with a huge ear to ear smile.  It was fun and cheesy and one of my favorites.  Looking forward to #2

momitchell7 2/16/2011 9:29:25 AM

In regards to GI Joe "canon", some of the very first comic books and most of the comic series for that matter provided some awesome canon for a movie. There is plenty of material to create a fantastic movie!

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