Despite generally negative critical response to last year’s G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and questionable special effects, director Stephen Sommers brought a relatively fun summer film to audiences around the world. Produced with the hefty budget of $175 million, the film brought in around $300 million worldwide but excelled even further with merchandise sales for Hasbro and on home video.

We’ve known that G.I. Joe 2 would be made for quite some time and in May producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed that they hoped to start filming next Spring for a Summer release in 2012. What was still uncertain was whether or not director Stephen Sommers would be back to direct the sequel.

According to an exclusive from The Wrap, Sommers will be back to work for Paramount in directing G.I. Joe 2. We can expect the principal cast to return as well so if you’re a fan of the first movie, prepare for some more Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Rachel Nichols.

While I was able to take away some enjoyment from the first G.I. Joe, it wasn’t a quality film by any means and there were a lot of issues with it (arguably too many). I hope the sequel – with it now having an established villain – will do more for fans and look better. It needs to earn some more positive reception – higher than 34% on Rotten Tomatoes would be a good start…

I think we can all agree that we don’t want this franchise to turn into Paramount’s other giant toy commercials, the Transformers movies, where the second installment was actually worse than the first. For these reasons, I can’t get excited about Sommers returning at this point. That and I thought The Mummy Returns and Van Helsing were also awful.

At least we’ll get more of Ray Park’s Snake Eyes character and of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Cobra Commander.

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Source: The Wrap