January 18, 2017

G.I. Joe sequel coming, but who will direct?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Based on reports we’re seeing, a sequel to “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” will happen. What we don’t know yet is who will direct or what the film will involve.

“It’s in the works! We have a really good script and we’re right now talking to a number of directors,” Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told MTV News about the sequel to the 2009 adventure, which earned $302 million at the global box office.

Does that mean original “G.I. Joe” director Stephen Sommers is out?

“I don’t know if I can comment,” Goldner hedged. “I don’t know if the studio has commented yet. But we’re certainly talking to some people.”

The rumor mill recently churned out the names F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) and John M. Chu, who helmed the Justin Bieber film for Paramount. While Goldner couldn’t comment on a hiring, he could tip his hand toward the sequel’s plot … or, at least, where it would pick up.

SPOILER ALERT

He referenced the twist at the end of “Cobra,” where Zartan had assumed the identity of the U.S. president.

“Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor,” Goldner said. “You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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