Exclusive: G.I. JOE SEQUEL is Happening; Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Writing G.I. JOE 2

     January 6, 2010

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While some didn’t think much of director Stephen Sommers G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I had a blast watching the cartoon come to life, because that’s what it was.  Nothing more, nothing less.  And the people that understood that, well, they had a blast watching all their favorite characters on the big screen.

And even though some might think the film wasn’t profitable, the fact is The Rise of Cobra made over $300 million at the worldwide box office and I’m sure it helped to sell a lot of toys.  What I’m trying to say is, this film made people money, and when that happens, you get sequels!

More after the jump…including a MAJOR UPDATE:

G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra movie image (7).jpgBack in August, we reported Paramount’s Vice Chairman Rob Moore said a sequel would soon go into development.  Since that time, the studio has provided no updates for fans.

But thanks to some very reliable sources, I can report a screenwriter has been hired for G.I. Joe 2 (or whatever it’s going to be called) and Paramount is definitely moving forward with the project.

While I tried my best to find out who landed the writing gig, my sources wouldn’t budge.

I also wasn’t able to learn if Stephen Sommer’s is going to direct the sequel or if they’re bringing in fresh blood.

Of course the sequel is still in the early stages of development, but since a screenplay has been commissioned and if it turns out that everyone involved likes it, I’d imagine we’ll hear a lot more about this in the coming months. Also, all the actors from the first film were signed for sequels, so that should make the process a bit smoother.


As I said last night, a writer has been hired for G.I. Joe 2.  What I didn’t know was…I should have said WRITERS.  Thanks to a great source, I can report Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing the sequel to G.I. Joe!  This is on top of the recently announced news that they’re writing Deadpool for 20th Century Fox.

While I don’t know how long they’ve been on either project, as a huge fan of Zombieland, I’m really excited they’re on Joe.

As always, more as we get it.

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  • http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/ Dutch Engstrom

    G.I. Joe = Worst film of 2009

  • synaesthesia

    Actually, the worst film of the year – released theatrically, at least – was Paranormal Activity.

  • zach


  • InfiniteMonkey

    Agreed. Worst Film of the Decade! LOL!

  • http://Collider.com/ Keola

    Not even close how about every Uwe Boll film made?

  • http://Collider.com/ Keola

    Meant to say Every Uwe Boll film ever made my bad

  • Samantha

    For what it was, G.I. Joe was an entertaining action movie. Normally I would be excited for a sequel, but I thought the same thing for Transformers 2, so…..

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I DID have a blast with this movie up until about the half way point (maybe a bit further) and then it just exhausted all its energy and fun and became tiresome for me.

    It would take a major amount of convincing to get me in the seats for a seque. It would have to look like a very different angle was being taken or something. I don't even know what would do it for me.

  • Eric Williams

    I thought the “Ballad of G.I. Joe” was a thousand times better than “Rise of Cobra” movie was. In my opinion they ruined all the characters except for Snake Eyes.

  • No More B.S.

    Stop apologizing for these “toy” movies. I know it's painful to realize they fucked them up, believe me, I was knee-deep in Tranformers and G.I. Joe toys and cartoons in the early 80's, and since there most likely won't be a reboot or better version in your lifetime, you try to gleam any joyment you can from them, but stop with the “fun popcorn movie” bullshit. Action and spectacle movies do really well overseas anyway, regardless of content, since it goes beyond the language barrier.

  • A1lecks

    What do you expect? The Godfather? It's G.I Joe, take it for what it is. Entertaining! You're critiquing it because you saw it which basically means you're the reason they're making a sequel so STFU.

  • machin3man

    I fucking hate all these people saying take it for what it is! Its supposed to be mindless entertainment. What ever happened to good entertainment? I dont mean you have to make your audience think but how about at least trying to make a GOOD MOVIE?? Or how about at least giving a performance.

    All the Die Hard films are mindless but Bruce Willis and his cast was always fantastic, same thing with Indiana Jones, doesn't really make you think but at least it didnt make you dread the next line out of someone's mouth. These are the movies GI JOE shamefully tried to be. Channing Tatum can suck a fat one as far as I'm concerned, I made the mistake of paying for this shit I the first time I wont make the same mistake again.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    You are very angry. Every review I read was saying that it was mindless, good fun. Guess you don't read many reviews before watching a film? I enjoyed the flick.

  • Dan

    at $300 million, this film did NOT make money. The average Hollywood film needs to make approximately 3-4x it's production budget in order to break even. This is to help account for marketing costs, prints and advertisements, theater cuts (Movie Theaters generally take half of the box office), and other ancillary costs. With a production budget of $175, this film doesn't break even after the movie theater percentage alone.

    The Major Studios release 15-20 films a year with the hopes that 1 or 2 of them are successful. Those 1-2 successful films make up for the others that aren't. I hate to burst your bubble, but G.I. Joe is not one of those 1-2 films.

  • Jaimon

    As long as the new writers don't use, “THE DREADED SINKING ICE!”

  • iceleck

    suck it dooch!

  • David

    GI Joe was sh*t. The sequel can only get better very hard to make it worse! Anyone who liked that first movie is an idiot!

  • Corin Prendiville

    YOU Synaesthesia are SO RIGHT, I'm glad someone said it. That movie was the biggest ball of suck ever. The movie was just terrible, it played out like a crappy Ghost Hunters episode. I can't stand those shows/movies that use bs “real” stories to try to draw in crowds.

    I'd like to see how the director is going to keep up his sham in future movies when everyone realizes that he can't direct a movie worth crap.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Do Uwe Boll films count as movies? I thought those things were just staples for tax evasion, I never knew there was actual filming involved. :]

  • Corin Prendiville

    Well, its more of a kids flick anyways, but perhaps with the new writers they can breath some unexpected life into the film that would have otherwise been lost if the same writer worked on #2.

    I haven't seen #1 yet, but I kind of want to watch it just to see Joseph-Gordon Levitt.

  • Corin Prendiville

    You guys fail to understand that these movies are meant to be for CHILDREN. Do you honestly think if you went back and re-watched all of those old Transformers episodes that you'd actually find it intellectually stimulating or mature.. NO! You wouldn't, because its for kids. You might feel a tinge of nostalgia which gives you the illusion of joy but its not a real connection with your present self.

    So the movie wasn't amazing, but it made enough to warrant a sequel. Nobody likes Twilight either but you can't deny the thing made money and entertains ITS audience, even if that isn't us. If people are willing to see it then I guess that's whats going to happen.

    Now compared to G.I. Joe the cartoon the movie wouldn't be half bad would it, they made it more mature for adult audiences so that when they went to see it they didn't want to blow their brains out in the bathrooms during intermission (if there was one).

  • Corin Prendiville

    Dan, don't pretend to know anything about the film industry. The marker is actually for the movie to remake its production costs in domestic sales. Second, most movies don't start racking up the bills until after theatrical release via dvd sales, rentals, etc. You also forget (as mentioned in the article), that this movie isn't just required to stand on its own legs but is meant as a franchise to support thousands of other products from the G.I. Joe franchise from the past, present and future which are released internationally. Comic books, games, action figures, books, drawing books, you name it.

    One great example is Avatar, which combining production costs and advertising costs roughs out at 500 million supposedly, but then you think about other costs that James Cameron and investors put into the movie to create the technology and it could go anywhere. The real question is how much will it bring in in the long-haul (like reselling the technology, the franchise, the games, re-doing old blockbusters with the new Avatar 3D technology and re-releasing them in theaters, etc). All franchise films can be put into effect this way.

    Likewise smaller films can be weighed more for what they tell us than what they earn, for example dozens of films come out each year with 7 digit budgets that earn far less than they cost in theaters, get released on dvd and probably make back their budget. The purpose is to show hollywood which rising directors, writers, producers, actors, etc can handle larger work. Its like the minor leagues. Then when the person gets big, their lesser known work gets more attention from avid fans.

  • Dan

    This movie was far too violent to be designated “for kids”. Sure, there was no blood but they had people's heads exploding every five minutes and there were a lot of deaths. The film is rated PG-13, which suggests parental guidance for younger folk, there for it is not targeted at young children, but rather teens and adults.

    This article is written from a fan boy's point of view as he clearly states he had a blast watching it. Fine, he's entitled to his opinion. However, it is very clear that the focus of the film is on the action (which is mediocre at best) and the visual effects (which again, are very poor compared to other glossy action flicks). It was poorly cast, acting was atrocious, the script was shabby at best, and is just overall very piss poor film making.

    And yes, you do have a point with the ancillary markets contributing to the revenue of a film, though theatrically speaking this movie did not make much, and I am not sure if the other markets are going to be enough to pull it up to breaking even.

    In response to the toys and merchandising, yes you are absolutely correct. However, it is also important to note that in the current recession there has been a significant decline in consumer activity regarding movie merchandising and studios are finding it to be very difficult to release films that can support a healthy toy line.

    Going through your previous posts I see that you are responding to several people defending this movie…that you admit you haven't even seen yet. I do not understand this. Why are you standing up for the film? The majority of public opinion has been against it and it really is a truly lazy attempt at film making and cashing in on a property's name. Yes, the cartoons have little substance but this film could have been a lot better that it was had the right effort been there.

  • confidential

    While I understand as adults, we expect the movie to be on our level of preference, but guess what the majority of us do not buy action figures anymore. Bottom line, it is a cartoon come to life.

    I liked the movie, and think it deserves a sequel. I just hope that the writers do not focus solely on the comics but on the cartoon as well.

  • LS

    this is one of my favourite films so a dont have a clue what most of use are talking about !! :O:O x G.I JOE was amazing and i cant wait for the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chris

    forget the cartoon or films, the real fight is happening here, ive never seen people so keen to have a blow at eachover over simple opnions before

    me personaly im just gonan wait and see what happens, never seen zombieland but since its aparetnly good with how the plot went things do look up

  • Alex P.

    The first G.I. Joe movie was OK, but I hope the second one would be better. Also here are some of my suggestions of casting:
    Christina Milian/Beyonce – Lady Jaye
    Vin Diesel – Roadblock
    John Cena – Shipwreck
    Thomas Jane – Rock “N” Roll
    Thomas Hayden Church – Sgt. Slaughter/Wild Bill
    Christian Bale – Captain Grid-Iron
    Mark Wahlberg – Flint
    Robert Downey Jr. -Metal Head
    Toby Stephens – Major Bludd
    Sarah Michelle-Geller – Zarana
    Well, you do the rest.

  • Corin Prendiville

    lol, that would be an extremely expensive cast.

  • Lollie79

    Its really sad but the director of that movie got Steven Spielburg to kiss his ass. Apparently he just LOVED the movie, which begs the question… WHAT FRIGGIN MOVIE WAS HE WATCHING??? SURE AS HELL WASNT PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!

  • Lollie79

    Yes its a kid flick, kids of the 80's… Im sorry, but I really liked it… (Then again I got my jollies by watching the team kick ass..)

  • Lollie79

    Its really sad but the director of that movie got Steven Spielburg to kiss his ass. Apparently he just LOVED the movie, which begs the question… WHAT FRIGGIN MOVIE WAS HE WATCHING??? SURE AS HELL WASNT PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!

  • Lollie79

    Yes its a kid flick, kids of the 80's… Im sorry, but I really liked it… (Then again I got my jollies by watching the team kick ass..)

  • Tat2diablo74

    Only thing that needs to change in second GI Joe movie is Cobra Commander's mask….either the hood or the silver helmet people….the movie was overboard, crazy fight scenes, etc….wait…sort of like the cartoon when I was a kid….that is why the movie was fun….made me feel like I was watching the cartoon again….just change his freakin mask….please

  • Alex Palladino

    I saw g.i. joe the rise of cobra and it really stunk up the place. I mean they should've gotten better casts for characters. Like for example, John Cena as Duke, Isla Fisher as Scarlett, James Franco as Ripcord, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson as Heavy Duty, and John Leguizamo as Cobra Commander. Also you could've made Marlyn Waynes play Big Lob. Well they did a good job on the other characters like Snake Eyes. Plus I expect it to be more dramatic. You know, more serious. And they should've called it G.I. Joe A Real American Hero instead of the other thing.

  • Superseanski

    I don't know what everyone is complaining about, I loved G.I. Joe the Movie. the story was amazing, cool origin for Cobra Commander, interesting new characters. I've been waiting to hear about a sequel for what seems like more than a couple decades. The second I read about this I jumped up and yelled… COOOBRAAAA LA LA LA LA LA LA.
    Oh wait are you talking about the live action movie, yeah that was shit.

  • Diehardkore

    Maybe they were just teasing us so we will actually LOVE part 2. Opening sequence…Zartan is locking down martial law…Cobra Vipers are hitting the streets everywhere…nanomites controlling their minds. Tamox and Xamot are running congress…Zarana & her brother helps break out CC & Destro with help from jail…Dreadnocks running crazy. GI Joe 2: Reign Of Cobra. Joes bust out their cool vehicles. They find out that Flint is at fault for CC & Destro escaping. They send him and other grunts to Sgt. Slaughter. He comes back better than ever…Marauders & Renegades save the day. Tunnel Rat debuts. Ripcord dies. Moon gets engraved with Cobra logo. At the end…Cobra retreats. End shows Cobra Commander & Destro coming up with a plan to gather all world conquerer DNA.

    Note: I didn't like GI Joe the movie at first but after I watched it by myself…and read about some of the hidden things in it…and got clear on what the hell was going on with Dr Mindbender…I was able to enjoy it better. Hoping for a better part 2.

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  • Charley

    So many haters its gi joe we all watched the cartoons thats y its worth a second movie ya the 1st one shouldve been better but now they got a second chance so stop hating

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