G.I. JOE 3 to be Written by Jonathan Lemkin

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News has been relatively quiet on Paramount’s G.I. Joe 3 lately, but now that the studio has brought screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin on board to pen the script, things should start moving right along.  The last we heard from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, they were in early talks with directors for the threequel and were negotiating with a writer to lock down the story.  Plot details are vague, but it’s expected to center on Dwayne Johnson’s character, Roadblock.  Adrianne Palicki and most of the cast of G.I. Joe: Retaliation are also expected to return.  Hit the jump for more on G.I. Joe 3.

Variety reports g-i-joe-3-dwayne-johnsonthat Lemkin has signed on to pen Paramount’s G.I. Joe 3.  The screenwriter has previously worked with di Bonaventura on 2007′s Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg, and the two crossed paths at Warner Bros. where Lemkin wrote Devil’s Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4.  Now that a writer is in place, a late first quarter/early second quarter of 2015 production start date sounds feasible.

Here’s what di Bonaventura had to say about focusing the plot of G.I. Joe 3 on Roadblock:

“It’s interesting, it’s sort of an open possibility right now who could be in it outside of Dwayne [Johnson], he has to be in it.  The last movie was really the set up, in a way, for Roadblock to take over.  Dwayne came aboard a little late last time so we weren’t able to do everything I think we can do this time, and really get a story that services what the audience expects out of him, and also as an actor pushes him into areas that you wouldn’t normally explore in a big franchise movie perhaps.  We have not talked about any other cast or anything, because we really need a story to be completely signed off by everybody.”

G.I. Joe 3 is expected to debut some time in 2016.

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  • Leo Spaceman

    SnakeEyes obviously has to be brought back without exception. I wouldn’t put it past them to bring back Channing Tatum as well. I am sure he is contracted for three movies so they could make it happen. He is enough of a star now for the studios to mandate it to happen.

    The movie is dumb enough for them to easily be able to say lets bring him back to life because he knows how to defeat the Joes once and for all. His body was just left in the desert as the 3 people who survived just had to walk away from the massacre scene. Then they could use that nano technology to repair his body and bring him back as an Evil Joe and then in the end he could be saved or dramatically killed nobley. Ya it is basically the same story that Sienna Miller had in the first one, but its not like logic really matters in this movie. Lets just put big stars in it and have stupid fun.

    The movie could open to Tatum assassinating Bruce Willis and then Mr. Rock sees that his friend is back and goes on a mission to figure it out with SnakeEyes, then Sienna Miller and Tatum’s black friend from the first movie could be interviewed/bitch slapped and killed when the evil ninja when white who turned good in the last movie turned evil again. Do what Fast and Furious did and bring everybody back together for their small moments in the sun.

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  • Mike

    I don’t care

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