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G.I. Joe sequel has a release date, new director

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Now this is what we call “fast-tracked.”

Days after Paramount Pictures opted to go with “Just Bieber: Never Say Never” director John Chu as the helmer of the next “G.I. Joe” adventure, the sequel has a release date.

ComingSoon reports that the as-yet-untitled “G.I. Joe” sequel will hit theaters on Aug. 10, 2012, or “exactly three years and three days to the date” after the first one opened. The initial “Joe” adventure, directed by Stephen Sommers, earned $302.4 million globally.

That’s not a lot of time, however, and we have heard horror stories of film productions – particularly those with no cast in place or, as far as we know, a finished script – racing to meet a predetermined release date. Expect casting news shortly, and plenty more “Joe” news in the coming weeks and months.

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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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