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Stephen Sommers Not Returning to Direct the Sequel to 'G.I. Joe'

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January 5, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

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Considering he didn't really offer much in the vein of spectacular style or incomparable vision for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I'm not really upset with the news from 24 Frames that Stephen Sommers won't return to direct the sequel. This completely contradicts the news we heard last August when it was reported Sommers would return for the sequel, but apparently a couple agents to unnamed directors have been contacted recently about helming the sequel instead. This isn't surprising considering the rumors of trouble with Sommers on the set of the toy adaptation along with the fact that the filmmaker is also lined up for an Odd Thomas movie.

However, no project with Sommers is involved is ready to shoot immediately, so it sounds like the director and Paramount Pictures may simply have had a falling out. It shouldn't be too hard to find a director that can craft action sequences with the same craziness in which a child might play with their own G.I. Joe action figures. Hopefully this time some better writing will come in the form of a script by Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who came on board the project over a year ago. But we still don't know who will direct the sequel with Sommers gone, and knowing is half the battle. Who do you want to direct G.I. Joe 2?

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  • Jon A.
    God, kill this project and America will be a better country.
  • C.Murder
    Uwe Boll! haha! Nothing could be worse than the first....except for this new comment format....WTF firstshowing?
  • Pookey
    Bring on JJ Abrams
    • jjboldt
      Now this is a good suggestion.
  • MJH
    DO NOT MAKE A GI JOE SEQUEL!!!!!! The sane people have spoken, that is all!
  • Xerxex
    a GI Joe sequel is like changing the format to a comment section...a bad idea.
  • hal
    oh comon firstshowing bring back the old comment section ? its pretty bad
  • Cruzer
    The first one sucked, why make a sequel?
  • Joe
    Oh Darn it. and i was looking forward to that sequel...
  • mike
    This is one movie that really needs a reboot . The last was an insult to Joe fans.
  • Seriously undeserved. This series needs a reboot or a cancellation. Period.
  • Anonymous
    Despite my better judgement I actually liked G.I. Joe more than I expected. Still it had it's problems but was a fun ride if you check your brain. Long shot but I'd like to see Matt Reeves take a swing at it. Maybe he could bring some depth to the 2 dimensional characters and he's already comfortable with action and pacing. Or Favreau now that's he's not up for Iron Man 3
  • TrackerLV
    Reboot it and give it to Michael Bay. Say what you will about Bay (I'm not his biggest fan) but the dude makes anything Military look friggin cool and does combat action like nobody else. Just watch anyting military in Transformers 1 or 2, even the Air Force One stuff and block out the robots. It is a serious no-brainer.
  • Solo Calrissian
    Oh my Wow.... Dunno about this new format.
  • I second the nomination of Michael Bay. GI Joe with Bay would show all of us Joe fans what we really want to see. Also people, it's a movie about GI Joe, it's not gonna win any awards. Enjoy it for what it is and stop thinking so much.
  • voodoo2
    The first one was embarrassing—for the filmmakers and for me watching it (at least someone else paid for my ticket).
  • Brithead321
    Robert Rodriguez
  • Iggypop
    forget about how bad the 1st movie was... move people and this film deserves a redemption of srots. but please forget about those people who made the CG of the first film...
  • Anonymous
    Thought the only good parts of the movie was Snake-Eyes
  • read about this thnx

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