According to Deadline, G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is making a deal with Paramount and MGM to jump back into the director’s chair when production on the third installment of the franchise commences.
After directing the latest Joe movie to gross $365 million worldwide, this isn’t exactly shocking news that the filmmaker is in talks with studio about coming back for the next sequel.
Big decisions ahead… just trying to pick the right one… hmm…
Ok then. Lets do this.. (Link to the Deadline article)
Chu planned on moving forward with Sony Pictures’ proposed Masters of the Universe remake, so does it mean Joe will take priority?
Paramount is reportedly meeting with a short list of four writers and should set one shortly, which one assumes means that Retaliation scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick aren’t coming back for this one.
Casting has yet to be decided, but bearing in mind the positive reaction to Dwayne Johnson‘s lead role and the inclusion of Bruce Willis as the original G.I Joe himself, I have high hopes at least those two will come back.
Our guess is that you can expect to see the third film in 2015 at the earliest.
Additionally, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has assured us that G. I. Joe 3 would include more ninjas:
We haven’t spent any time considering what the next movie is. There are elements we’re really excited about. I’d like to do more ninja story. That’s really fun, and I think the mythology will support some really cool things. You know, I was a really huge fan of the TV show Combat! as a kid, and there’s an intimacy the show had because their budget demanded it—it’s always a bunch of guys and they’re going down a ditch. I’d like us to do some of that kind of stuff where you’re really on an intimate level. ‘Surprising’ isn’t the right word, but ‘gratifying’ how Dwayne and Channing’s ‘home scenes’, if you would, they’re not buddy scenes but they translated that way somehow. So they’re basic character scenes, and they’re domesticated scenes. How well that played in the scale of what we’re trying to do. I’d like to see more of that.
What are your thoughts?