Since 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra brought the world of G.I. Joe from the realm of action figures and TV shows to the big screen, the franchise has been a solid moneymaker for Paramount (though not always the biggest hit with critics). That’s why it was no surprise when the studio announced that it would be moving forward with G.I. Joe 3.
We already knew that director Jon M. Chu, who directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is set to return for the second sequel. Now we know who will be scripting the film, too: Evan Daugherty, the writer behind last year’s box office hit Snow White and the Huntsman.
THR was the first to report the news about Daugherty, who, in a few short years, has built quite a reputation in Hollywood. In addition to Snow White and the Huntsman, Daugherty has a number of other big projects under his belt including Divergent, the much-anticipated adaptation of the popular YA series. Daugherty also came in for a re-write on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
G.I. Joe 3 should give Daugherty another chance to put his unique spin on a big-budget project, but it will also make him a major target of fanboy angst should the movie fail to deliver. Of course that’s probably not fair, but such is life in the fickle world of Internet message boards.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation offered plenty of great action sequences, but was criticized for being light on plot and weak on character development (though an argument can be made that that’s exactly what you should expect out of a G.I. Joe movie). If Daugherty hopes to lift the franchise past being a blow-em-up spectacle, maybe he should take a look at some of the characters that have yet to appear in the film (we’ve got 14 recommendations).
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There’s currently no release date for G.I. Joe 3, but we’ll keep you updated as news becomes available.