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