G.I. Joe 2 Opening in 2012?
05.03.10 by Ryan
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra didn't fare well critically, but its number one opening weekend was the just the beginning of enough box office receipts to ensure a sequel. With Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick hired to write it in January, news has been light on G.I. Joe 2 until producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talked to MTV to update the status of the movie, revealing that a script has not been delivered yet.
We're not that far. I think it'll be pretty soon. It'll need a lot of work. They all do. I've had an occasion to read some of their pages, so I know the quality is there and the sense of tone is there. Paramount is very excited about us getting it going. No dates have been set. In our heads we think 2012—that summer.
As for whether Channing Tatum and the rest of the cast will return, Di Bonaventura said nothing has been decided.
We haven't defined it yet. We're gonna keep that under wraps for the moment. They all did great and we liked them all. It's hard to manage as many characters as we tried. It would make life a little easier to have a few less. It'd be a hard decision to lose anybody, because they all did great.
It's also possible that G.I. Joe 2 will be in 3-D.
I mean we're still working on getting the script. I'd definitely be open to it [3-D], but that's Paramount's decision. But myself and whoever the director is would have a big say in that. But at this point, we haven't gotten into that conversation.
While the script will obviously add more details than Di Bonaventura can offer, it seems clear from the producer's comments that the return of director Stephen Sommers is in question. As for the script, Reese and Wernick have only revealed that G.I. Joe 2 will not "ignore events from the first [movie]" and will be a "continuation" of the original. The writers also revealed that they will be introducing some new characters and will blow stuff up, but you may have guessed that already.