Stephen Sommers Won’t Direct G.I. JOE 2

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Last August, we reported that director Stephen Sommers would return to helm the sequel to the dumb-yet-enjoyable G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  Unfortunately, 24 Frames is now reporting that Sommers, who supported the arguably poor decision to not screen the film for critics, is off the project.  That’s a shame, because I think G.I. Joe understood what it was and the whole experience felt like a kid playing with gigantic playsets and action figures, which is appropriate considering the film is based on a toyline.  I spoke with other critics who also enjoyed the movie and while the original did a solid job at the box office, it shouldn’t have hidden itself away and subjected itself to negative speculation and rumors.

I’m curious to see what tack the sequel will take with Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penning the script.  24 Frames reports that Paramount is currently approaching other filmmakers to direct.




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  • Cory

    “I think G.I. Joe understood what it was” is something people say about terrible movies that have no shame. This wasn’t Black Dynamite; it was just an awful movie and there’s no excuse for that.

  • Ash Talon

    A step in the right direction.

    Now recast Channing Tatum or have his character severely injured or killed early in the film. Tatum must go. He was easily the worst part of the first film.

    I think the property has a ton of potential. Just treat it, and the audience, with respect.

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  • Ryan

    The first film was just plain awful. Cool effects and action don’t make up for a shotty plot. They need to revamp the tone and recast some of the actors.

  • GI Garbage

    How can ANYONE even remotely like this movie? The first was hysterical, and horrible right from the start to the finish. Every line of dialogue, and acting was laughable and cringe worthy. The only way to make this a better sequel is obviously better writers, better cast, and a better director.

  • Grimcicle

    The Rise of Cobra was what a big-budget film adaptation of a toy line/cartoon should be: a live action cartoon. Nonsensical plot, one-dimensional characters, stilted dialogue filled with cheesy one-liners and bad jokes, bombastic action, and maniacal super-villain laughs. I loved the film because it knew what it was.

  • Excalibur

    “That’s a shame, because I think G.I. Joe understood what it was and the whole experience felt like a kid playing with gigantic playsets and action figures, which is appropriate considering the film is based on a toyline.”

    Martt Goldberg or anyone who says such nonsense clearly doesn’t know what GI JOE is and should not be commenting. Long before the crappy cartoon or the line of action figures, Marvel comics writer Larry Hama had a concept for a SHIELD vs. HYDRA comic book called FURY FORCE, which eventually became the basis for GI JOE when Hasbro approached Marvel to create a comic book tie-in for their new action figure line and Hama got the job of writing it. Hasbro only designed the toys, but the characters, storylines, codenames, filecards, and military background information were all the singular vision of Larry Hama, himself a Vietnam veteran and a member of the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers.

    People who only know about GI JOE from the cartoons and the toys are not informed enough to know what GI JOE really is. People who know the far superior comic book series know just how much both the cartoons and “Rise Of Cobra” got wrong, and hopefully the new writers and new director will stick closer to the true source material. “The Rise Of Cobra” was a terrible movie, just as the cartoons were terrible. What fans want is an adaptation that stays as close as possible to Larry Hama’s classic comic book series.

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