Rumors are now circulating that Paramount Pictures has narrowed the candidates down to one – Jon Chu. Yes, assuming the Internet murmurs are to be believed, the man who directed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never will be leading the Joes into battle in 2012.
Chu is certainly an unlikely choice, especially since he beat out a pair of accomplished filmmakers with experience in the action movie genre – Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). So why is Paramount interested in Chu, a relative-unknown director who has mainly capitalized on cookie-cutter sequels for an existing dance franchise as well as a documentary/feature length music video about a pop musician with a rabid teenage-girl fan-base?
While it’s purely speculation at this point, one thing stands out – unlike F. Gary Gray or Juame Collet-Serra, Jon Chu has experience shooting a film in the 3D.
We’ve yet to receive an official word regarding whether or not G.I. Joe 2 will be shot in 3D – but, with the addition of Jon Chu behind the lens, the odds of a 3D Joe film have increased astronomically. Paramount has flocked to the 3D bandwagon for their tent pole films – like this year’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon (not to mention looking to future projects like Star Trek 2 for a 3D shoot).
As a result, when Chu’s Step-Up 3-D stumbled around the box office to a $42 million domestic haul (after costing $30 million to produce), Paramount executives must have been in the audience, ignoring the slick choreography, and drooling over the extra money Chu could deliver in up-charged ticket sales.
Unless of course, there’s another explanation.
Once Chu has signed on the dotted line, the director and Paramount will get to work negotiating with the cast – to see who will return to dance… I mean fight another day.
The G.I. Joe sequel does not have a release date yet but expect the film to hit theaters in 2012.