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The G.I. Joe sequel could be directed by the guy behind that Justin Bieber movie

02.16.2011

Pick the one that doesn't seem to fit: F. Gary Gray (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE ITALIAN JOB); Jaume Collet-Serra (UNKNOWN, ORPHAN); Jon Chu (JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, STEP UP 2 and 3D)

According to the good hombres over at Latino Review, the above three directors appear to be on Paramount's shortlist for their impending sequel to Stephen Sommers' fun but terribly dumb G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA. Sommers dropped (or was dropped from) the project last month, leaving the director's chair wide open for some new blood to take on the sequel's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (ZOMBIELAND) script.

Gray, of course, is probably the biggest name of the three. He's had his share of flops (BE COOL) and successes (THE ITALIAN JOB), but he's proven over the years to be a very competent workman director. Catalonian filmmaker Collet-Serra is a lesser known quantity, but perhaps this week's release of the Liam Neeson thriller UNKNOWN will put him on the map?

And then there's Jon Chu, a seemingly out of leftfield choice when you look at his filmography, but who's made Paramount (JOE's studio) a relatively lump sum after nearly taking this past weekend's box office with the Bieber documentary everybody loves to hate (but which I hear is actually... not bad). You can see why Paramount likes him, but would a director primarily known for song and dance actually be a good fit for the cartoony G.I. Joe brand?

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Extra Tidbit: JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER is currently rated a 1.1 out of 10 at IMDb!
Source: Latino Review

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11:07AM on 02/17/2011
I say why not? I mean, the first film was fun, cool, and as stated above, pretty dull-witted. If this guy hits the right notes and delivers something full of the fun energy akin to the first, i'd say it could work.
I say why not? I mean, the first film was fun, cool, and as stated above, pretty dull-witted. If this guy hits the right notes and delivers something full of the fun energy akin to the first, i'd say it could work.
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10:49PM on 02/16/2011
As long as Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller come back, I'm in!
As long as Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller come back, I'm in!
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5:43PM on 02/16/2011

Waiting for some real news

Just make sure to get rid of the silly facial sculpting on Snake Eyes mask.

Mkay?

Just make sure to get rid of the silly facial sculpting on Snake Eyes mask.

Mkay?

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3:46PM on 02/16/2011
This might work.
Seriously like the Step Up movies or not (I don't) but they do have a kinetic sense of energy that if correctly applied to G.I. Joe's fight scenes, could be alot of fun.
This might work.
Seriously like the Step Up movies or not (I don't) but they do have a kinetic sense of energy that if correctly applied to G.I. Joe's fight scenes, could be alot of fun.
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12:55PM on 02/16/2011

is Jon Chu a 12 year old girl?!

Geez. insult to injury.

Gi Joe doesnt have to be "mindless fun". there is enough material on those file cards to make something actually awesome. But I am not holding my breath.
Geez. insult to injury.

Gi Joe doesnt have to be "mindless fun". there is enough material on those file cards to make something actually awesome. But I am not holding my breath.
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12:54PM on 02/16/2011

nothing with Tatum

This guy is awful, look up that terrible Eagle movie at rotten tomatoes, its at like 31%. And universally they say he is wooden and awful, what a shocker, someone needs to kick him off the free ride his name has given him and look what he has ctaully done. 1 good perfomance out of 10 doesnt cut it.
This guy is awful, look up that terrible Eagle movie at rotten tomatoes, its at like 31%. And universally they say he is wooden and awful, what a shocker, someone needs to kick him off the free ride his name has given him and look what he has ctaully done. 1 good perfomance out of 10 doesnt cut it.
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12:53PM on 02/16/2011
I am still annoyed that they have waited this long to get going on this film- Sommers did a bang-up job making a fun, live action film that doesn't take itself too seriously (a la the craptastic "Transformers" movies). However, between these three, Collet-Serra is my vote.
I am still annoyed that they have waited this long to get going on this film- Sommers did a bang-up job making a fun, live action film that doesn't take itself too seriously (a la the craptastic "Transformers" movies). However, between these three, Collet-Serra is my vote.
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12:42PM on 02/16/2011

That fits.

They should cast Beiber as a young Snake Eyes and Will Smith's kid as a young Stormshadow and just go from there- it would fit right in with the 1st piece of shit movie that made me question why I am obsessed with stuff like that from my childhood and helped cure me of collecting GI Joe crap.
They should cast Beiber as a young Snake Eyes and Will Smith's kid as a young Stormshadow and just go from there- it would fit right in with the 1st piece of shit movie that made me question why I am obsessed with stuff like that from my childhood and helped cure me of collecting GI Joe crap.
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12:14PM on 02/16/2011
What's John McTiernan doing these days?
What's John McTiernan doing these days?
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11:37AM on 02/17/2011
He's going to jail.
He's going to jail.
11:39AM on 02/16/2011
The guy who directed the Justin Bieber movie is only on the shortlist because they wanted to "add one more candidate" to make it look like a "search" was under way.
The guy who directed the Justin Bieber movie is only on the shortlist because they wanted to "add one more candidate" to make it look like a "search" was under way.
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10:51AM on 02/16/2011

any of the three

for me any of the three directors would work, in all honesty i loved GI JOE it was exactly what it should be, fun mindless action. i mean really go back like transformers the original series wasn't oscar winning gold, and i don't need the movies to be. every single time somethign strays from the source material fans are in an uproar, but everytime it stays true, the public knocks it down. honestly the general public are morons, expecting to much from something they often know nothing about. oh
for me any of the three directors would work, in all honesty i loved GI JOE it was exactly what it should be, fun mindless action. i mean really go back like transformers the original series wasn't oscar winning gold, and i don't need the movies to be. every single time somethign strays from the source material fans are in an uproar, but everytime it stays true, the public knocks it down. honestly the general public are morons, expecting to much from something they often know nothing about. oh that speed racer movie was nothing but racing, watch the damn cartoon, in this day and age we have access to on of the biggest libraries out there the internet, it has trailers, reviews, news, plot synopisis, etc. and we act like we are ready to see a film because we saw a poster. i personally went back and watched the cartoons when i heard a GI JOE movie and knew not to expect oscar winning gold, personally if they made it a real approach as a fan of the series i woulda thought lame. i mean as a movie fine i will agree 3/5 but to me thats do to the two leads, they seemed like cheep versions of josh hartnett, and Jamie Foxx. everyone else was awesome especially snake eyes, and JGL.
As for the director in question i say choose any of them, the beiber movie was a good movie overall, i mean the only reason it gets crap is because the people watching either didn't watch, or don't like beiber if thats the case mind your business, i mean i hate strawberries i don't eat chocolate covered strawberries and then complain i hate them you knew you would. you wanna truly be a movie viewer go into a film and let it be what it is, if you dislike it fine. thats your deal, if you love it fine again your opinion, but don't just read a review and act like you saw it, or watch it and say it was bad, when you hate the star anyway, i dislike will smith, movies but i give him a chance everytime and sometimes when he's not playing arrogant i'm will smith he's cool to watch.
guess what i'm saying is stop acting like you rule the movie world when you haven't truly seen a bad movie, i have seen manos hands of fate, werewolf, leonard part 6, plan 9 from outerspace. i have gone to see bad films and GI JOE isn't even on the list.
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10:18AM on 02/16/2011
The first one sucked so I don't care where it goes.
The first one sucked so I don't care where it goes.
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10:09AM on 02/16/2011
Well Tatum's "illustrious" career has involved a Step-Up movie, too.
Well Tatum's "illustrious" career has involved a Step-Up movie, too.
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9:51AM on 02/16/2011
Anyone of the directors except John Chu.
Anyone of the directors except John Chu.
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9:37AM on 02/16/2011
There are few sure things in this world...one is that there is NO WAY a sequel could be worse than the G.I. Joe movie. But this has just been proven wrong.
There are few sure things in this world...one is that there is NO WAY a sequel could be worse than the G.I. Joe movie. But this has just been proven wrong.
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8:04AM on 02/16/2011
Give it to Jaume Collet-Serra, the man has talent and edge. Two things this GI JOE sequel needs...
Give it to Jaume Collet-Serra, the man has talent and edge. Two things this GI JOE sequel needs...
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7:39AM on 02/16/2011
Aw, come on. Whoever direct that Justin Bieber movie would just ride along Justin Bieber. If it wasn't for him, the movie wouldn't be at number 1 spot. With Bieber won at Brit Awards is already sad enough for me.
Aw, come on. Whoever direct that Justin Bieber movie would just ride along Justin Bieber. If it wasn't for him, the movie wouldn't be at number 1 spot. With Bieber won at Brit Awards is already sad enough for me.
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