The LXD's Jon M. Chu Officially Set to Helm Paramount's 'G.I. Joe 2'

February 25, 2011
Source: Deadline

Jon Chu

We've been waiting to hear who was chosen to direct the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as multiple candidates have been discussed. Deadline is now reporting that Paramount has decided upon Jon M. Chu to direct G.I. Joe 2. Supposedly it was between Chu, F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, who seems to have plenty of other projects. But apparently they like Chu and are "working out his deal" now. He just wrapped Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (even a director's cut) for the studio, directed Step Up 2 and 3D, and is the creator of "The LXD". Yep, he will be taking over G.I. Joe.

As a replacement for Stephen Sommers of the first G.I. Joe movie, he's definitely a step up since that movie was quite a mess, but he's also making his action, non-dance-related debut with this, so let's hope he knows what he's doing. Production will begin in the fall on G.I. Joe 2, which was scripted by Zombieland cowriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Deadline says they're trying to get Channing Tatum back, obviously, since he's Captain Duke, but the rest of the cast will have to be pulled back. Honestly, considering I don't care too much about this, I'm curious to see what Jon M. Chu can do and how it'll turn out. We'll keep you updated!

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  • Jux
    "someone named Gary Gray." It's probably F. Gary Gray, you know. He's pretty well known.
  • p86
    how is this a step up (no pun intended) lol this guy is a worse director lol
    • TomCruise
      dont be hating, hes not so bad.
    • Anonymous
      You stole the words right outta my mouth!! Not gonna lie, I liked the mummy movies and with Sommers we knew what we were getting in terms of over-the-top... There were things I didnt like about the movie, but in the same breath was probably no different than the way I played with them as a kid on a saturday afternoon... Dance movies just arent my thing so for me the jury's out on this guys first non-dance movie.
  • p86
    ok i will go watch his Justin bieber movie to really see his directing chops
    • TomCruise
      you could only do so much with the source material
    • No, don't do it!
  • Ravster
    Please please please get rid off Marlon Wayans. Please.
  • Ravster
  • TigerClaw
    GI Joe is filled with a lot of characters, They could just cast new actors to play other characters.
  • Cruzer
    The first one sucked, and now their brining in the director who made Justin Bieber's documentary to handle the sequel? Does anyone else see the irony in this?
  • xtheory
    what happens when you add more garbage to a pile of garbage? a bigger pile of garbage.
  • wow another one? Really? this is what money is being spent on? wow.
  • Jedi
    I bet that the Joes are going to dance circles around Cobra in the sequel.
  • Loser
    make it into a musical, you got served danceoffs and lovely singing numbers. I would definitly see that
  • JAzzzy
    All I know is that directors with background in dance choreography don't take much time settling into action flicks. Afterall, action is also choreographed.
  • Anonymous
    I guess that means Bieber will be cast as Duke now!
  • McWilly
    Bahaha, funny article! I will see it anyways... thru download or Netflix because i pretty much watch any mainstream action movie.
  • ChrisC5g
    I liked the Robot Chicken takes on GI JOE better
    • ChrisC5g
      p.s. the director looks stressed
      • Anonymous
        He's probably wondering what he did so wrong that landed him the bieber movie
  • Cody W.
    Haaa, so much fail.
  • Cmo
    Awesome Jon M Chu is directing! Now I know this sequel we all hoped would get made is in great hands. Any guy who directed such classics such as step up 3 and never say never is a ok in my tho at least he has no pressure on him. Its not like it can possibly be worse then the first. And its not like he has great filmaking reputation to uphold....if i wre him i was just go balls to the wall and make a movie so outrageously over the top and bad that its actually enterataining...or is that wat they wre going for in the first one?




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