Despite defying all of our expectations and not being terrible, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra isn’t something that many people considered to be good, either. Even its box office take wasn’t all that impressive, and it seemed possible that we wouldn’t be getting a sequel. Surprisingly, though, Paramount is moving forward with it, and have signed on Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) to direct.
Essentially sealing the deal on the whole thing is the news THR brings to us: Paramount has set the film’s release date as August 10th, 2012. That’s only a weekend ahead of its predecessor, which came out on August 7th, 2009. It also puts it a weekend ahead of The Bourne Legacy and the Total Recall reboot, but release dates will likely change by then.
Scripting the picture are Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were the writers of Zombieland; so, maybe the movie will have a comedic edge? The original had funny moments in it, although I can’t say for sure if those were intentional…
Speaking of the original, anybody attached to the characters and their relationships there might be disappointed by this next piece of news. FirstShowing lets us know that Rachel Nichols, who played Scarlett in the first film, tweeted the following: “GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…” Just a refresher: Snake Eyes was one of the antagonists, and was played by Ray Park; Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes’ brother and enemy, was portrayed by Byung-hun Lee; finally, Duke was our main hero and was played by Channing Tatum.
I personally could not care less if you asked me to about who’s going to show up in a sequel to G.I. Joe, although I do find it a little surprising. I figured that Paramount would at least want to keep the acting team from the original, and I also think we’ll be seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt return as ultra-villain Cobra Commander. Keep in mind that this actress may not have the right information, but with production gearing up soon we will find out soon.
Do you think this is a good release date for G.I. Joe 2? Does it seem possible that they’d drop much of the original cast for the sequel? Do you care?
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