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