Hasbro Praises G.I. Joe 2 Script; Details How It Ties into G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
02.22.11 by Ryan
While reports have surfaced over Paramount's search for a director for their upcoming G.I. Joe 2 (working title), not much has been revealed about the sequel's script, written by Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. More than a year ago, the writers said the sequel will "be a continuation" of the events depicted in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and that their script would "be faithful" to the first movie, with little else revealed.
With Paramount staying quiet about the project, MTV News turned to Hasbro, the company that created the G.I. Joe action figures on which the movies are based, and asked CEO Brian Goldner about the sequel. Goldner praised the script from Reese and Wernick and revealed how the sequel will tie into the events of the 2009 original.
There is a really great idea in the second G.I. Joe. In many ways, it'll be great for the people who saw the first one, but you don't need to have studied every element of the first one to enjoy the second. We've made sure that that's the case.
Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor [Cobra's master of disguise Zartan, played by Arnold Vosloo]. 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.
Goldner would not reveal who else is up for the sequel's director's chair, with F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job) and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D) reportedly rising to the top of Paramount's wish list last week. Goldner would only say that "we're right now talking to a number of directors." When asked whether The Rise of Cobra director Stephen Sommers was also in contention, Goldner replied:
I don't know if I can comment. I don't know if the studio has commented yet. But we're certainly talking to some people.
Paramount is looking to start production on the sequel this June, so expect some resolution about the sequel's director soon. After that, the studio will look to bring back Channing Tatum and the rest of the cast, none of which are officially confirmed to return, although Koreanstar Lee Byung-hun is reportedly returning as Storm Shadow. Paramount has tentatively planned a 2012 release for G.I. Joe 2, though a release date has yet to be confirmed.