In the summer of 2009, Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment drudged through our collective 1980s nostalgia treasure box and pieced together, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, an over-the-top adrenaline-fueled action film with Stephen Sommers at the helm.
Today, we're getting word of the three potentials names that could replace Sommers' on the director's chair for the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel.
Latino Review reports that Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax and The Orphan), F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen and The Negotiator), and John Chu (Step Up 3-D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) are all in the running to pilot the H.A.V.O.C., I mean sequel.
F. Gary Gray is the most obvious choice for the position. G.I. Joe would be his biggest budget to date but it wouldn't be much of a stretch from his previous work. In addition to Law Abiding Citizen and The Negotiator, Gray has helmed mostly action projects - including The Italian Job.
Jaume Collet-Serra isn't known for high-profile action films but he is behind the upcoming international thriller, Unknown starring Liam Neeson and his prior work, while receiving unenthusiastic responses from critics were financial successes - not unlike Sommers' G.I. Joe.
That said, it's harder to understand why John Chu is in the mix, unless Paramount is planning to shoot G.I. Joe 2 in 3D - in which case, despite Chu's recent work in the music/dance genre, his experience with the 3D format might be enough to put him in the running.
Despite a weak storyline and some horrendous performances (it was a sad day to be Joseph Gordan-Levitt), G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra nearly doubled its $175 million dollar budget with a worldwide gross of $302 million.
Hopefully, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick can put together a film that actually takes advantage of the rich G.I. Joe lore established in the animated series and comic books - instead of just substituting live actors for key action figures. Sommers did provide a few characters, Duke, Baroness, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow, with flashbacks that filled in storylines - though, the feuding ninja story was far-more interesting than the overly complicated romance between Duke and the Baroness.
According to earlier reports (and common sense) the cast is contracted to return, even Storm Shadow, so it'll be interesting to see where Reese and Wernick, along with Collet-Serra, Gray, or Chu, are able to take the relatively flat characters from the first film in the sequel.
The G.I. Joe sequel does not have a release date yet but expect the film to hit theaters in 2012.
Source: Latino Review