Stephen Sommers Is Returning to Direct G.I. Joe 2
08.06.10 by Ryan
Based on the famous line of Hasbro toys, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra scored more than $300 million at the worldwide box office, even though the movie was beat up critically. With enough financial success to score a sequel, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to write the screenplay in January, but, months later, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura admitted that, while the screenwriting was going well, a director had not been hired for G.I. Joe 2. Now The Wrap is reporting that Stephen Sommers, who directed The Rise of the Cobra will be back for G.I. Joe 2.
Sommers' return is good news for fans that loved the original, but for the many fans that did not like the movie, his hiring is liable to be met with derision. Sommers was often blamed for the poorer decisions in the movie, beginning when rumors circulated that Paramount had fired Sommers during the Rise of Cobra editing sessions after they did not like what they saw. Those rumors were later debunked, but the stigma seemingly remained.
Those that are still uncertain about Sommers' return will just have to comforted by the script by Wernick and Reese. Paramount is reportedly pleased with the script, which the writers have promised will not "ignore events from the first [movie]" and will be a "continuation" of the original. Though the sequel will also introduce new characters, Channing Tatum is expected to reprise his role as Duke. Di Bonaventura has stated that G.I. Joe 2 could be released as early as 2012, though that date is unconfirmed.