Jon M. Chu Will Return to Direct ‘G.I. Joe 3′

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Jon Chu on G.I. Joe Retaliation set with Dwayne Johnson Jon M. Chu Will Return to Direct G.I. Joe 3

Though some feel G.I. Joe: Retaliation was a slight improvement over its predecessor, many moviegoers and critics were underwhelmed by its nonsensical plot and lack of character depth (read our review). However, those flaws didn’t stop the film from grossing more than $360 million worldwide, and after banking another hefty payday for the franchise, Paramount unsurprisingly greenlit G.I. Joe 3.

Based on how quickly things are moving along, it seems Paramount can’t wait to get another G. I. Joe film in theatres. The studio has already recommissioned the services of Retaliation writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen the third installment and now we’re learning that director Jon M. Chu will return for another round, as well.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount and MGM are currently finalizing a deal with Chu to direct G.I. Joe 3. Although Chu’s first go-round with Paramount wasn’t particularly easy – considering it was his first big-budget action film and the fact that the movie was pushed back 10 months for post-conversion to 3D – it should go smoother this time around since he already has experience under his belt.

Whether or not that newly acquired action directing experience will result in a better film is unclear. Some moviegoers were impressed by some of Chu’s rather innovative set-pieces – including the mountain ninja battle – but the fact that he will once again be working from a script written by Reese and Wernick has many understandably concerned.

Of course, Paramount and MGM aren’t the least bit concerned, because they’ve already proven that they can make a boatload of cash without a coherent story. Their plan to increase ticket sales overseas by post-converting the film to 3D worked, so maybe all audiences want or expect from the Joes is good old fashioned popcorn entertainment?

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You could easily argue that, but there are fans of the original G.I. Joe cartoons who would like a little bit more substance, or at least some more engaging characters from the G.I. Joe universe, like Sgt. Slaughter or Bazooka.

Luckily, Reese and Wernick have already indicated that they plan on adding at least one character to the mix that audiences didn’t see in the last film, The Baroness, played by Sienna Miller in G.I. Joe: The Rise of  Cobra. The writing duo said they want to “resurrect the Baroness like a zombie,” which is interesting considering we didn’t see her death onscreen in the first film. Maybe they didn’t mean resurrect in a literal sense, but let’s just hope the script is more clear regarding her reintroduction to the franchise. But considering Storm Shadow returned from the grave with no explanation in Retaliation, maybe we shouldn’t even waste time worrying about the narrative making sense.

With the writers and director returning, some of the other main cast members – including Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock) and Channing Tatum (Duke) – will presumably re-enlist for G.I. Joe 3 as well. And with many of the same players coming back, we can also reasonably expect another action-focused, but hopefully visually stimulating G.I. Joe film. But no matter how it turns out, you can count on seeing more of the Joes and Cobras on a big screen soon.


Keep an eye out for more G.I. Joe 3 updates as the project continues to move along.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I think you might want to add ‘million’ after $360 Daniel.

  2. $360 worldwide? forgot to add 360m

    • Good catch guys. It’s been corrected.

      • I would have thought $360 would have been correct the first time.

  3. then that when going in to see th then that when going in to see the movie. However, I would like to see some better characters and more of the classic Joe’s that were used, such as Stalker or Wildbill. I’m not sure who wanted to Bazooka and Sargent slaughter,but please no.

  4. for the characters and fans sake, they really need to regroup and bring back some of the characters from the first least recast them or something..saying they were “killed off” was stupid…thats asn insult to those who want to see a sequel to the first one..also Justin Lin was a first time director when he did Fast and Furious 3 and even though it is the least popular of the series, he went on to direct the last 3 and most profitable sequels of the series so keeping Chu maybe the best idea out there and hopefully he’ll fix whatever mess was made fromthese 2 films..

  5. From my personal perspective, Retaliation was good reason not to bring back the same director and screenwriters. It will be a tough sell to get me to buy a ticket for GIJ3.

    It would be nice to have a better story, but like the article said, the studio know that they don’t need that to make their money. Having Baroness back might be cool, but my greatest wish at this point is for Scarlett to come back as a different actress. That (her casting) honestly was the single thing that disappointed me the most about Rise of Cobra.

    • @Jerry:

      You didn’t like Rachel Nichols as Scarlett? Why?

      I liked the story in Rise so I hope they create some type of myster/conflict storyline in GIJ3. They also need to include more comedy, Retaliation was dry.

      If you bring back Baroness, you gotta bring back Duke and Ripcord. Who doesn’t want more Channing Your Tatum?

      • Rachel Nichols just felt “off” from my idea of the character. I don’t know, just my own take. I’d like to have Tatum back as well, although I thought the cast of Retaliation was pretty good across the board. I agree that it was too dry. Rise was fun.

      • No No Ripcord!

  6. We’ll see if my phone even rings this time… not holding my breath…

  7. How was the plot nonsensical? It may not be the greatest piece of storytelling in the history of world but I was able to follow along.

    I hate when a word becomes a shortcut to say “I didn’t like this”.

    And how can they bring back Channing Tatum, if I recall correctly he was solidly dead (unlike Storm Shadow who fell into frozen water pretty much setting up his return).

    • Yeah, they definitely killed Tatum’s Duke.
      They also should go ahead and bring Destro back though. Since they killed off Firefly.

      • It would be easy to bring back Duke, i mean you play it off as he was never really dead. Some locals come through after the Roadblock and company left the area, and found Duke in a coma. I mean Roadblock does not check Dukes pulse, he simply feels around for his dog tags and takes them. So it is plausible that Duke can still be alive. In the third movie, the Joe’s find Duke, but Duke isn’t Duke anymore. As he feels betrayed by Block and them for leaving him, it takes something serious for him to join them in battle again. Enter Baroness. Something happens and it draws Duke back. It’s a subtle plot line that can work into the larger plot line and work out will if written right. In MY opinion a lot of the issues were with “killing” Duke off and putting Roadblock at the forefront of the movie. I know some liked and appreciated it, but for a majority of fans, it was the wrong move, especially with Tatum’s rising stock value in movies, i.e 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike from that year.

    • You dont really know for sure duke is dead you don’t actually see the corpses face. The just lead you to presume he’s dead because you just saw him get blown up. It’s filming genius leaves it open to bring him back which I’m sure they will. Infused with nanos oops said too much.

  8. I have no problem with his return. My problem are the producers.

  9. I hope Chu does some research. The action in GIJR was more than wanting. The mountain side ninja battle was the best part. Other than that it was people shooting off screen. And we need more cool vehicles.

  10. F@@K! WHY??? DAMN IT!!!! We’ll never see a good GI JOE film made!

  11. I agree with Spiro..the last two GI’s were duds. Rise of cobra was alright, but change the title of the movie and character names a bit and no one would even know it was a G.I. joe movie. and for the love of the film gods PLEASE PLEASE leave The rock outta the next one, I read a while ago and had to agree that The rocks best performance on screen was his apperance in The Mummy Returns movie, and I only say that BC I used to watch WWE a little before that movie and was like “OH WOW THE ROCK..COOL!”

  12. I don’t know if using Rheese, Wernick and Chu will work the second time round, but I think GIJ3 probably gonna have the same feel like Retaliation: Boring. And how the hell are they gonna ressurect Duke anyway? ‘Cos he’s dead.. And his death made me lost interest in GIJ3.

    • Do you know how many times I questioned his death in retaliation because how badly the clips were cut together?

    • What he’s dead because of the hum v exploding and roadblock kneeling beside a corpse whose face you don’t see. Learn a thing or two bout filming tactics before you criticise

  13. @Big Al:

    No one really ever dies in a comic book movie.

    First scene in GIJ3:
    [GI Joes walking away from the “body” of Duke in the desert attack. Enter woman in black.]
    Woman: It might not be too late. Get him into the transport and leave the double in his place.

    Now you have a flip from Rise, where Duke is mindwiped and working for Cobra (or some other organization) like the Baroness was.


    • That will work too actually. Also, please resurrect Mouse. And bring General Hawk and Sgt. Stone!

  14. Chu is very weak when it comes to directing action and I think that was my biggest problem with Retalliation

  15. I don’t know if it was the script or directing, but Retalliation was a HUGE disappointment. I very rarely walk out of the theatre thinking a movie was bad (disappointing, sure), but after 2/3 of this movie I was just mad because of how bad it was.

    And I actually had a lot of fun in the first one. I think I’ll wait for the home video release of the 3rd, unless it gets great reviews.

    I made a point to see it in 2D though, so those greedy producers didn’t get any 3D money from me.

  16. If Duke comes back I won’t see it on principle, don’t kill characters off just to generate hype and interest in something that’s not worth seeing in the first place… If Baroness or other characters return from the first one, I’ll probably check it out… but no Duke!

  17. Guess we are stuck with more mediocre GI Joe. I hope for the reboot 10 years from now that the studios decide to go the retro 80s style route :)

  18. The GI Joe films are no more than popcorn action flicks. And that’s a good thing. Never mind the critics, bring on GI Joe 3!

  19. I really think u should bring back duke he makes the GI Joe GI Joe Channing Tatum is a good actor an duke Is a good character to just kill off just please take what I said to mind thank u