Stephen Sommers Will Direct ‘G.I. Joe 2′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2010 at 11:40 am,

GI Joe 2 Stephen Sommers Will Direct G.I. Joe 2

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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Stay tuned into Screen Rant for more on G.I. Joe 2 as it breaks.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Idk what you are talking about but all of them movies was great movies that he did and there was nothing wrong with them people don’t know a good movie if it hit them in the face

    • Sommers films aren’t bad, but the the filmmaking isn’t as good as Christopher Nolan’s Batman films or Bryan Singer’s X-Men films.

  2. The plot didn’t really bother me, could of been better i guess. Things that bothered the the most was the joes outfits lookin the same as the X-men in the films. Not to mention the armor suits they had, to me that’s something for a sequel when things got rough within the plot etc. Throughout the film JGL seemed more like Dr. Mindbender, especially his voice instead of Cobra Commander. You gotta admit that mask was awful lookin, i prefer not see his face mask if they refuse to go for the blue mask with eye holes.

  3. Sommers’ films are fun. The Mummy and The Mummy Returns are two of my favorite movies ever. Even Roger Ebert said in his review of The Mummy: “There is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it. I cannot argue for the script, the direction, the acting or even the mummy, but I can say that I was not bored and sometimes I was unreasonably pleased.”
    Critically they are not good, but they are a lot of fun. I enjoyed G.I Joe too, although not as much as the Mummy series.

  4. well im not sure what everyone is talking about the film was great cant wait for the second but its still lacking thing but maybe they can talk to the directors of Transformers now thats a great film and there still going so why not ask. No one in their right mind would say no to that if they do they dont know what a film is.

    • there was a comic book cross over could be interesting to see hollywood blow that one completely

  5. I watched it for the first time today and I thought it was great. Mind you I was reluctant to see it. I use to watch G I joe as a kid. A very long time ago. I really didnt remember much of it but seeing the movie brought some mermories back. Cant wait for the second one

  6. man, sommers blows hard. He is probably the only director who could remake Plan 9 From Outer Space and make it even worse than the original. Look at Van Helsing, unwatchable; but the point is that these films are conceiveed by money men, hence GI Joe 2 being green lit.

    They know they will get a quick return on their investment, not something like Blade Runner which bombed, was interfered with by the studio, disowned by the director, put out as a ‘director’s cut’ and then re-cut as an approved ‘director’s cut’ etc. If you liked GI Joe as a kid, the Marvel Comics, go back to those; just don’t expect to watch something that won’t think all you want to see is a bunch of photoshopped explosions.

  7. They killed off Storm Shadow, WTF do you do for the sequel? The rivalry between him and Snake Eyes is over, essentially making Snake Eyes near irrelevant for the future. Oh yeah, and the story including romance? Such a disappointing start to a promising franchise. Where’s Christopher Nolan when you need him???

    • Sure they killed off Storm Shadow.. but he fell immediately into the icy waters. It wouldn’t be hard to work into 2 that he was found and the ice cold temps kept his body where he could be saved. He was dying as he fell in not necessarily before. And anyone familiar with the original comics and series should agree that that would have easily fit even those stories. It’s not near as impossible sounding as creating Serpentor from DNA of the world’s greatest or most notorious dead warriors and leaders.

  8. To have Serpentor in a G I Joe sequel, that would be one of the best things they could do. Loved the character more than Cobra Commander in the animated series.

  9. Wow!!! Some great comments. I loved GI Joe as a kid. Snake Eyes is why I got it to martial arts. Some thoughts… Duke too young and too whiney. Breaker a well Ok. Heavy Duty ok to. Ripcord love Wayans! Scarlett and Ripcord? Really? Snake Eyes sweet! General Hawk who really cares. And, did I spot Brendan Frasier as Flint? Ugh!!! I wish they used a bit of the comic story line like Cobra Comm. Killing Snake Eyes family in that car accident. Scarlett linked to Snake Eyes because he saved her life. Where was Timber! Cobra Comm. Was a crazy MF but still a bit of a whiney tantrum puss. I agree there is so many good story lines available from all the years of this series Sommers could hardly have a chance to screw it up if done right. The twins and jinx would be cool to add to the mix! And go old school commando with the team more like black hawk down less like X-men meet Ironman. Either way I am just a man reliving my youth through these movies!

    • I am watching GI Joe for the 3rd time now (on Netflix)… I rarely re-watch movies! I thought I was a pretty tough critic, but some comments on here and on other movies really strikes me as you guys really needing a hug! Remember this is Hasbro’s choice, the same Hasbro that has been cutting everyone out of ever making any homage to GI Joe (video game, youtube, tv show, etc) without their explicit consent! I’ve seen alot of great renditions and working of GI Joe and Hasbro has shut them all down just to allow dumb, kid-friendly versions. Point being, whoever is in charge of Hasbro and the GI Joe division is clearly not the same person that was in charge in our childhood! Hasbro doesnt care that we grew up wanting a grown-up GI Joe, they only want a new generation of KID followers. Love scenes, realistic special effects, blood, gore, and “true to the original” do not matter when you have a young audience that never seen or were affected by the old GI Joe. Remember, the newest GI Joe any “kid” knows of is the Sigma6 version. This movie definitely had Sigma6 all over it, but tried to throw some ol’ school GI for the parents. Get over it people and grow up! You want to remember the old days, then watch the old cartoons and the animated movie, cause those days are over!

  10. Im a pretty die hard fan, everything from the toys in a locked case, to the Cobra tattoo on the back of my arm. Call me a geek. I can say that to anyone that knows the story line was disapointed. StormShad was ok, Zartan was fair, Baroness was acted out ok, but her back story was nothing short of idiotic. Furthermore, Channing Tatum is way, WAY too much of a back street boy to actually play a soldier, much less Duke. If you want a male sex symbol to balance out Baroness, I get it, but someone a little older and not so… “boyish” to put it nicely woulda been great, Mark Wahlberg maybe. I dunno, I know the fans want another one, but we want a NEW one, scrap it and start over, and although I personally am ok with Somers, this is clearly not his bag.

  11. im glad they making a second one i didnt care for the old show mostly cause its old and i always find something wrong with it plus i wasnt alive when it was big but nevertheless its great they making a 2nd one ill see it when it comes out

  12. The first movie wasn’t THAT bad, but I would rather see the second one modeled more along the lines of Gi Joe: Resolute. I had a few issues with the first movie, like the excessive cleanliness of all the sets (no wear and tear, dirt, or grease, like there would be on a real military base); I really hated cobra commander’s mask (it looked like someone stuck a jellyfish on his face…go back to the original look, please!). And if I am not mistaken, those power suits that were used for exactly one scene looked suspiciously like the design for the power suits that had planned for the horrible Starship Troopers movie (but which were cut out for monetary reasons). In short, just be better!