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'Eagle Eye' Helmer D.J. Caruso is Now in Talks to Direct 'G.I. Joe 3'

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January 12, 2015
Source: THR

D.J. Caruso

Last we heard any news about G.I. Joe 3, the script was getting written by Jonathan Lemkin of Shooter fame, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was going to return behind the camera. However, Chu decided to take on an adaptation of Jem and the Holograms, so now Paramount Pictures has been on the hunt for a new director. THR reports it's Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso who is currently in talks to direct the film in the other major toy-based film franchise from the studio that also brought us Hasbro's Transformers to the big screen from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Caruso had quite a dud on his hands after I Am Number Four, and he's pretty much been in movie jail since then. He directed some kind of kid-centric drama called Standing Up in 2013, but since we've never heard of it until now, we're assuming it's pretty bad. Caruso is a pretty generic filmmaker, so he should fit in with the G.I. Joe franchise pretty well, and Eagle Eye is evidence of that. Both that action thriller and Disturbia are basically lesser, contemporary versions of classic Hitchcock films, but besides that, there's not really anything wrong with those movies, so I think he can do well with this property.

Details are still slim on the sequel, but when Lemkin came on board to write, after an original draft was done by Snow White and the Huntsman and Divergent director Evan Daugherty, it was said this one would keep Dwayne Johnson in the lead. As for any other returning characters, we're not sure who will come back. The second film introduced plenty of new faces, and dispatched with several characters from the first film, and that works pretty well for this kind of franchise, and the expansive roster of G.I. Joe characters who can be brought into the mix. Maybe we'll even see Channing Tatum get brought back from the dead.

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  • Jorgekde
    Who asked for this?
    • Rob
      Cobra Commander
  • M'Quve
    So John Chu is passing over GI Joe so he can go try for another pointless revival of an 80s property? While someone else steps in to do God knows what with a movie series that has shown little promise so far. GI Joe is now an international organization? Cobra Commander just a secondary villain. Destro discarded before he even started. And a whole bunch of Joes killed off just to accommodate a casting change? Not to mention the fact that the second movie apparently retcons the first, it might as well be a different timeline. Here's an idea, Hollow-wood. Come up with some original ideas and leave the 80s alone. What's next. A film version of Gobots?
  • Rob
    Eagle Eye was terrible.
  • DAVIDPD
    Caruso is a terrible guilty pleasure of mine, well actually just the REAR WINDOW ripoff he did. EAGLE EYE was pretty bad.
  • RAW_D
    This guy started off very promising with "The Salton Sea" which was AWESOME! (It's got a pre-bloated Val Kilmer and Vincent D'onofrio in his best role imo) But everything following it has been mediocre at best. Dude should head back to his roots...

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