Paramount Sets August 10, 2012 Release Date for G.I. JOE 2

     March 4, 2011

Paramount has settled on a release date for their sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It looks like the action sequel will bow on August 10th, 2012. Originally, Stephen Sommers was set to return for the sequel, but bowed out in January. Paramount cast a wide net to find the right person to take over the project, and they finally settled on Jon Chu (the smashing commercial success of his most recent film for Paramount, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, probably had nothing to do with that). Chu directs from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Just yesterday Rachel Nichols, who portrayed Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, confirmed via Twitter that only a handful of characters from the first film will return for the sequel. Set to return are Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke). So Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller and Dennis Quaid shall not be back. Hit the jump for more.

Jon-Chu-imageWhile not much plot-wise is known at the moment, more importantly we don’t know what the budget will be. Ultimately, the budget will dictate what kind of film we’ll be getting for the sequel. The first flick reportedly cost $175 million to make. Will Chu, a relatively new director with no big-budget action flicks under his belt, be given a price tag that hefty to play around with? Probably not. However, Paramount will most likely be saving quite a bit of money by not asking the bigger stars from the first flick to return, so hopefully Chu gets enough to do the job right. If he gets the right budget, and Reese and Wernick turn in a script that doesn’t take itself too seriously, I think the sequel could actually turn out to be pretty fun.

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  • jonathon

    Honestly, i always have enjoyed watchin the g.i. joe cartoons, never read the comics but knew a lot of the characters from having most of the action figures. The movie was based very loosely on the premise but it was awesome to me. It was a fun movie to watch, it was criticized bad by diehard fans and i know why but i took it for what it was pure fun adrenaline pumping action with one-liners here and there. The story wasn’t bad and i loved the characters.
    Now that i see only 3 characters are returning and the Bieber director is on board to replace Stephen Sommers I feel like i’m gonna throw up. I mean i hope i’m wrong but the excitement i had waiting for this sequel all just went to Hell. At least 6 or 7 main characters that had a “to be continued” feell to it at the end of the first movie will not be back? I mean why not just reboot at this point you already are destroying anything sommers has established. Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols, Christopher Eccleston, the guy from the mummy, can’t remember his name, and most of all Joseph gordon-Levitt not in this seqUEL? What the HEll?! p

    please prove me wrong new director guy and make this story all just a bad dream, set it up for a third movie with those actors who couldn’t work this one able to return. Add new characters like Sgt. Slaughter, Stalker, Mutt, Falcon, just all the cool ones, hell i know those aren’t even main ones to some. Just don’t ruin it where the first one becomes meaningless cause i bought the first one and have watched it at least ten times since and will not own anymore if this is just a new movie with 3 characters pretending to be making a sequel like some really bad American Pie sequel with Stifler’s brother as the main star. Somebody wake me up!!

  • Strong Enough

    ^ damn

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  • aaronsullivan

    So, my opinion was that the first movie was fun for awhile until the joke wore off (Cat Fight!, Ninja Fight!, Kid Fight!) and then it was a slog to get through. I admired it’s guts and it just kept trying to one up itself in terms of scope, but could any substantial number of people really care about any of these paper cutouts (besides jonathan above, of course)?

    I get that many enjoyed the over-the-top goofy action for just what it was: a pre-teen session in the sandbox with GIJOE toys, but I’m all for a take that gives me some vested interest in the two hour play time. Change is certainly needed if this is going to be a continuing franchise and this is only encouraging news to someone like me.

  • Ryan

    I’m sorry but I HATE half ass sequels where barely anybody returns ala ’2 Fast 2 Furious’. The men listed were NOT the most interesting characters to me. Yes, G.I. Joe was stupid, but the people were fun. I want back Rachel Nichols most of all, followed by Saïd Taghmaoui (Breaker), and Dennis Quaid. I don’t see myself going to this movie anymore than I do the new Spider-Man. I guess 2012 will be a lean year for me. Batman, Star Trek, Avengers, Men in Black

  • Michael

    Sounds good, but wish it was coming sooner. As long as the producers look to the 80s cartoon and comics for inspiration the sequel will do good. G.I. Joe was always about a great cast characters, with certain ones standing out…Cobra Commander, Duke, Flint, Roadblock, Snow Job, Shipwreck, Mutt, Scarlett, Lady Jaye, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, Baroness, Zartan, The Dreadnoks, Destro, Xamot and Tomax.

    And they need to bridge the two films…somehow…disposing of the bad stuff from the first quickly and moving on to the new and better sequel…G.I. Joe: Cobra’s Coil!

  • Michael

    Terry Crews as Roadblock…would be amazing! He already looks the part!

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  • Excalibur

    What the hell are they doing? How can they have Snake Eyes in the sequel without Scarlett? Were always the main couple in the comics and the “team within the team”! They’re the two most popular characters! Are they crazy? Even the new animated series “G.I JOE: Renagades” is smart enough to keep Snake Eyes and Scarlett together, but John Chu is cutting her out? I thought Reese & Wernick and Hasbro were smarter than that! Where does this irrational predjudice against Snake Eyes and Scarlett come from?

  • Marc

    Honestly, this movie is going to be an Epic fail for a main reason, the main characters don’t have the people that compliment their roles, Snake Eyes but no Scarlett which you always seen together in the cartoon, Duke and no Rip Cord who is Duke’s best friend, Baroness who always had the most odd ball roles in the cartoon isn’t even there, not to mention not bringing them back defeats the purpose of making a second one or going to see it for that matter. Marlon Wayans actually brought humor to the movie that kept is somewhat worth watching and the storyline of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow was cool. The other Epic Fail is getting the director of Bieber to do this movie even though they got different people doing the storyline, i really wouldn’t be surprised one of the characters in there happens to like to dance or hear some random dance/rave music somewhere along the movie… So i agree with Excalibur it’s not a good idea to leave them out and they need to spend a little money and go with the true kings of directing movies like this Michael Bay or Sam Raimi(Spider-Man director) bringing in well over $500 million on their movies…

  • Marc

    Honestly, there are 2 main reasons this movie will be an Epic Fail, first one being Paramount is getting the director of a Bieber movie and known for making 3D movies which GI Joe does not need to be one of those, they should’ve signed on Michael Bay and Sam Raimi who with their movies almost everytime bring in a guaranteed $500 million WITHOUT 3D. The second Epic Fail is not bringing back to the ORIGINAL CAST, it’s the original cast that compliments each other especially just like Excalibur said which in fact is true everywhere Snake Eyes was Scarlett was there and Duke and Rip Cord were best friends in the cartoon so it would make no sense not to have Rip Cord back not to mention Marlon Wayans brought some humor and interest to the first one along with the story of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow…Just my opinion

  • jordan

    i the gi joe movies and the cartoons ,so in 2012 a new tmnt and a new gi joe :) i am like a big kid

    but i do not think all them characters had to go :(

  • Sam

    The movie is just worthless without the GI Joe characters from the cartoons and comics. That’s the whole reason I’d go watch anyway, to see the characters we all loved and played with as kids. What’s the point. Don’t call it GI Joe then…

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  • josh

    I have to agree with many of these posts.. To not put the original characters is pretty stupid.. and than to not have them return in G.I. Joe 2… Gosh this might not be that great to go see… i think u need to have Rip Cord and marlen waynes.. it made the first one a little more interesting.. Paramount Get your act together and get rid of the whole Bieber Idea,,, can u say Fail… boooo for Bieber…. Seriously… come on.. dont ruin something alot of people grew up loving

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  • Abdi

    I like g.i joe vry much.and i want 2 see part2

  • FiFi

    If anyone should have been excluded from the sequel, it’s Cement Face Channing Tatum who has one facial expression and a monotone voice. His presence completely ruined the first movie for me.

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