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.