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Is The G.I. JOE Sequel Closing In On A Director??

 

Merrick here...

 

THIS very brief piece at Latino Review reveals the "short list" of directors who might take the helm of a forthcoming G.I. JOE sequel.  We've previously learned that the first film's director, Stephen Sommers, would not be returning to direct the picture.  Per LR, the candidates are said to be...

Jaume Collet-Serra (HOUSE OF WAX, ORPHAN, GOAL II, UNKNOWN)

F Gary Gray (THE ITALIAN JOB,. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN,   A MAN APART,  SET IT OFF)

and John Chu  (JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER,  STEP UP 2, STEP UP 3D)

Not a list that any of us were expecting.  Of this group, F. Gary Gray would seem to be the most appropriate choice.  But, then again, who woulda figured Rob Marshall would be directing a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie? 

 

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  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Post 0

    by JesseDart

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    First!

    by Darth_Kaos

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    This list does not inspire confidence

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    at all.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    The World Shrugs...

    by A-COD

    I don't get the sense anyone is waiting in breathless anticipation for more GI Joe.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Does GI Joe 2 even NEED a Director?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Seriously. Once a Wayans gets involved, isn't that pretty much the kiss of death even if you get Eastwood to direct?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    What about script?

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    F. Gary Gray> the other guys

    by roguechef664

    He did make both Friday and The Negotiator. He's got range. As long as it doesn't become Team America Live Action like the first one did.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Ok, that last post...

    by Darth_Kaos

    I've never done it before, so I took the opportunity. Anyway, I thought the first movie was fun, and most def F. Gary would be closest out of that group. Oh, and the jury is still out on Rob Marshall with POTC.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    burndednotice_dude: The writers are...

    by Chaosinabox

    the guys who wrote Zombieland. That was announced a few months back.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Sounds like this one will be just as bad as the first

    by SithMenace

    To which I say, who cares?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    The only good thing about Pirates of the Carribean

    by SithMenace

    is Johnny Depp. It was funny in the trailer for the new one where he screamed and then stopped abruptly. Otherwise, I don't really care for those movies.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Oh, John Chu, PLEASE!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    With films like that on his resume, he's PERFECT for this movie! This promises to be all kinds of awfuk.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    They all suck, hoooray!

    by D.Vader

    Well, not F. Gary Gray. My vote goes for him.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Uh F Gary Gray cause the others...

    by Stalkeye

    ..have no fucking clue how to make a decent action film. Any Director who was responsible for step up or a justin beiber film has no place on the list of contenders for a gijoe movie.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    F. Gary Gary....

    by DellsDontBounce

    I could see that. I really liked his version of the Italian Job.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    What the hell was so wrong with Stephen Sommers?

    by StarWarsRedux

    I can honestly say that without him at the helm, I officially care zilch about the next "GI Joe" flick.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, noon CST

    if only they made a REAL gi joe film based on the marvel comics

    by FleshMachine

    that last film was terrible.....what a waste.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, noon CST

    Jesus... Horrible Choices

    by Rob

    I guess we know what kind of film we should expect with G.I. Joe 2: Dogshit.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Stephen Sommers Sucks My White Ass

    by Rob

    Mummy I & II? Ven Helsing?! Deep Rising and the Jungle Book are the only two decent things he has done. One of those is animated and the other was done on a tiny budget.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Columbus Short!

    by ImMorganFreeman

    The Losers rocked! Barring that, I would also accept Rob "Reign of Fire" Bowman, or David Twohy.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'm glad this is getting a sequel.

    by phifty2

    I liked the first, faults and all. PLEASE: Cobra Commander in the mirror helmet.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Does a GI Joe movie really NEED a director?

    by SifoDyasJr

    The studio could slap together some random security camera footage, CGI in a million explosions, and slap the name GI Joe on it--no one would really notice.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    damn dirty ape

    by Rob

    Oh fuck you're right. Fuck Stephen Sommers even more.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    You know a movie is fucking bad when...

    by Stalkeye

    ..a Director is not involved in the proposed sequel. yeah, fuck Sommers for allowing bullshit like HALO suits, a lame ass Duke, Baroness being a brainwashed terrorist, Marlon Wayans,an Middle eastern Zartan and Breaker,No fucking Roadblock but instead we get Adelbisi, all Black uniforms (Both cobra and Joes) "Ka-tainnnn"!! and worse of all.......... ...drum roll please...... ........please........ .....COBRA COMMANDER?!? WTF was that shit?Spyglass/Paramount couldnt spring for a decent Helmet/faceplate, so that went with the super elastic bubble plactic WHAM-O mask? The funniest excuse for not having the hood was so ppl wount mistake CC for a Klansman?Now Iv'e heard it all ROTMMF

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Fleshmachine, I concur.

    by Stalkeye

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    "What the hell was so wrong with Stephen Sommers?"

    by D.Vader

    He sucks, that's what.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "I'm gone man, solid gone".

    by D.Vader

    Ahhh, that used to be one of my AOL IM away messages when I was in college.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Give him the job

    by Harry

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    well

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    it can't be worse than the first one. Steven Sommers entered Uwe Bole territory with that cup of anal vomit.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    You know it's going to be Chu!

    by Judge Briggs

    Makes logical sense to pick that guy ... make the movie more kid-friendlier, right?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    underwhelmed

    by donkingkong

    First one sucked so hard not expecting anything better from the sequel.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    So I'm guessing we should be going to Latino Review now for news.

    by iceman199

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    i dislike micheal bay movies in general but

    by ORIONgods

    this type of film has micheal bay written all over it. if only he choosed this instead of transformers

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    i say pick the worst director

    by thesmilingpsycho

    at least it'll keep them from directing something worth while

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Choice 3 has to be a joke, right?

    by Timstuff

    F Gary Gray directing from the Zombieland guys' script would be an upgrade over the first film to be reckoned with. But WTF is that John Chu clown doing on there!? Photographing a teenage hermaphrodite makes him qualified to direct an explosive military superhero action movie with a 150 million dollar budget!? I'd like to think it's a joke, but who knows, maybe he's on there as their contingency plan if the whole project ends up going DTV.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Just reboot it...

    by BurnHollywood

    A natural blonde Baroness with an American accent...and that was only the least of the first movie's problems.<p> I don't care who directs, so long as you lock the motherfucker in a room for a month with the complete DVD set of the original cartoon series and nothing but JOE comic books to read.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Chu or GTFO

    by blackwood

    Marshall makes sense for PIRATES because I would assume there's a lot of sympathetic understanding between huge dance numbers and large-scale action set pieces. It's all about choreography.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Aint it Latino News?

    by StarQrtrs

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    If only the first GI Joe "movie"

    by pjsteed

    wasn't the suckiest suck that ever sucked. Seriously, second worst movie in the last 15 years behind Van Helsing. See the pattern?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    GI JOE gave good cleavage. For that, and that alone, we should be thankful.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The first one was awful.

    by xsikal

    My wife and I turned it off about 10-15 minutes in... (right after forgettable G.I. Joe recruit #1 beat Snake Eyes in a fight). Not even the promise of more Rachel Nichols was enough to keep me watching.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    your kidding right?

    by Art

    does gary really have to battle chu for this? put gary on a better script for another movie. they killed this franchise with the first one. it already needs a reboot. its hulk all over again

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    F Gary Gray, cause it's Friday, you aint got no job or shit to do.

    by chadiwack

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I will direct it for free.

    by GeneralKael

    I have absolutely no experience whatsoever and I have no business directing a movie but at least I would respect the source material... I mean, how do you screw up the look of the guys from Cobra(leaders down to footsoldiers)? But yet, they did... The only good thing in the first movie was Rachel Nichols as Scarlett.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Why does John Chu have a career?

    by alienindisguise

    He f'n sucks balls!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    After "The Mummy Returns" and "Van Helsing"...

    by ChickenStu

    I made a promise to myself that I'll never, EVER watch a Stephen Sommers movie again. EVER.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    @cletus van damme ; hahahaha!!! great line ;)

    by marineboy

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    But can they find an audience?

    by JacksParasites

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    John Chu? Doesn't he do dance movies and shit like that?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    He would be an awful pick.<br> <br> I mean, would this mean that G.I. Joe and Cobra are going to fight each other in an epic dance battle or something like that? And would this also mean that Justin Bieber will replace Channing Tatum as Duke? Yeah, go ahead and choose him. It would make the first one look like a fucking masterpiece.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    A little positive thinking...

    by BizarroJerry

    I mean, if we're getting a new director, a I heard new writers, at least there's some sign they know they could do better. Or at least weren't happy with the first one.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    John Chu!

    by tomandshell

    He would do a great job with the dance numbers.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Another useless sequel

    by kanye west

    The first movie was awful. It ruined all of my childhood memories of Joe. Fuck you Hollywood

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Can we have Pyramid of Darkness?

    by Amazing Maurice

    Fatal Fluffies and all that shit. And Shipwreck! "We just went from the sewer up to the toilet!" I still use that line almost everyday.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Good God...it will be John Chu.

    by fustfick

    For sure. He's got 3D experience and close ties with Paramount. Ugh.

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    GI Joe should be a fun sci-fi movie w/lasers

    by lv_426

    Like the cartoon from the 80's.

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Larry Hama writes and directs without studio interference...

    by Toruk_Makto

    the only scenario that puts my flabby butt in a theatre seat...

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Poor Larry, for enduring the butchering of his creation.

    by Stalkeye

    This guy was mostly responsible for the GIJ universe only to have the film do a 360 turn and fuck everything up.And as one of the tbers have mentioned in regards to Duke beating Snake Eyes in a sparring contest, that is pathetic writing courtesy of stuart baird.that's like Scott Summers kicking the shit out of Logan in the danger room.No wonder why it was a close runner up for last year's Razzies only to have Bayformers win top prize for suckiest film of 2009.and rightfully so.

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    LARRY HAMA, LARRY HAMA, LARRY HAMA

    by catlettuce4

    John Chu? Oh dear, we are in trouble, aren't we? That's a bad list. How about someone who has proven they can direct action and get good character performances, then get Larry Hama to write the script with no BS interference from the studio or anyone else. He created the characters, wrote the entire run of the EXCELLENT comic book, and still loves the characters. Here we have the original creator alive, and he is a WRITER, and they won't get him to do this, you just watch. And no, this should not be based on the fucking cartoon. If you haven't read the comic and only know the cartoon, that's your problem. The comic was fun and had humor as well, but it was also a kick-ass action military series rooted in reality enough to make it all work. The best comic issues were better than anything Hollywood has given us in years! Hire Larry and ADAPT SOME OF THEM!

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    WHO THE FUCK CARES ABOUT THIS PROJECT?? IT'S SHIT ON THE GROUND.

    by JonChambers

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Shipwreck and someone with a Kung-

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Fu grip in the sequel or it's NO DEAL!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Please God No!

    by eck_iii

    The first film was laughably bad. I can't imagine the sequel to be any better.

  • Feb. 13, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Stephen Sommers cannot do sequels

    by thommcg

    After "The Mummy Returns" it's safe to say Stephen Sommers should never direct a sequel again.

  • Feb. 13, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    BIG LOB

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    he had better be in the sequel

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    John Chu seems to have the best creditentials to this

    by tomimt

  • Feb. 14, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Gray please

    by Arteska

    If limited to that list

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Movies where the parents REFUSE to believe their own kids.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Thoughts (SPOILERS!!!!!!!!): <BR><BR> 1. My dad used to say that when he was growing up, the movies most annoying to him were the ones where parents absolutely refuse to believe their own kids even in the face of indisputable evidence. The parents either refuse to look, or just blow off their own kids. <BR> My dad is now retired, and yet they are STILL making movies like this.<BR> How about making a movie where the parents believe their kid IMMEDIATELY, and react to protect the kid IMMEDIATELY? Is that out of the question?<BR><BR> 2. Not only to the parents in this movie initally refuse to believe or take responsive action when the little girl says that something is trying to HARM her, they come across as being dumb as bricks. The old guy is stabbed, and all this weird shit happens, and they are like "whatever" and proceed with having a party. Why not take precautionary measures? This family apparently has money. Take the little girl to a hotel - safe and sound away from the house - is that out of the question? When the little gremlins cut the electricity towards the end of the movie...Katie Holmes walks around slowly for no reason. Grab the girl and get outta the house you idiot!! Also, didn't they notice the smashed gremlin by the bookshelf? The little girls says the gremlins hate light....why not bring in bright lights like crazy?? Why are things still dim throughout the movie?<BR><BR> 3. Why are the gremlins even a threat? They are these little assholes that rely on stabbing you with knives and forks and shit. You can smash them even with a plastic camera. How are these little things a threat? Stomp the shit outta them. Take a flamethrower and torch the hit outta that little cave. The fact that these little munchkins can take down so many humans is ridiculous.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    The above review was for Dont be Afraid of the Dark

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Posted it here by accident. Whoops!