Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Director Hired for G.I. Joe 2
02.26.11 by Ryan
With two directors in final contention for
G.I. Joe 2 (working title), Paramount has decided to step up to the streets and hire Jon Chu.
It was announced earlier this week that Chu and The Italian Job director F. Gary Gray were Paramount's top candidates for the job, but Deadline reports that Chu is the studio's choice to helm the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which was directed by Stephen Sommers. Chu's latest movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, has earned $54 million for the studio, though, it could be argued, that may have more to do with Bieber's popularity than the movie itself.
G.I. Joe fans weren't exactly pleased with Sommers work on the original movie, but the hiring of Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write the screenplay was a sign that the sequel was heading in the right direction. With the news that the director of Step Up 3D was hired instead of a more proven action director like Gray, the disappointment of Joe fans may continue, however, earlier this week, Chu made a case for his love of the comic book, cartoon, and toy franchise to MTV.
Joe is something I've loved since I was a kid. I still think there's a movie out there that can be done for the real Joe fans, the one we've been waiting for that hasn't been done before.
My era was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe and Transformers. When Joe changed their theme song from the old style — 'Go Joe!' — to 'Got to get tough, go Joe!' That was the era I was in. Those are the fun, glory years that I remember.
The next step (up) is for Paramount to discuss which of the Rise of the Cobra cast will return for the sequel. The Deadline report stated the studio is starting with original Step Up star Channing Tatum, who played Duke in the first G.I. Joe.
Production on G.I. Joe 2 will begin this fall, for a projected summer 2012 release.