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Justin Bieber director, John Chu, up for “G.I. Joe” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: John Chu reportedly will be moving from Justin Bieber to Cobra Commander.

The “Never Say Never” director is in negotiations to take over Paramount’s planned “G.I. Joe” sequel from original helmer Stephen Sommers, Heat Vision reports.

The article says Chu and F. Gary Gray were the final contenders for the sequel gig, but Chu’s contributions to the Bieber hit, which already has earned north of $50 million, put him over the top. The studio also was impressed ewith Chu’s work ethic, watching him dive back into the editing bay on short notice to crank out a theatrical “Director’s Cut” of “Never” that’s currently in 3D houses this weekend.

As for the as-yet-untitled “G.I. Joe” sequel, sources tell Heat Vision that the studio may have to recast several roles.

“While Channing Tatum is expected to return as Duke, it is unclear if Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose dance card has filled out considerably since breaking out in ‘Inception,’ will return as one of the villains. Insiders say Sienna Miller is also unlikely to return, with her Baroness role being recast or perhaps divided into a couple of new characters,” THR writes.

No tentative release date for a “Joe” sequel has been discussed, so we’ll see how quickly Chu can turn this seemingly large project around.

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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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