Paramount Greenlights G.I. JOE 3; Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Talks His Ideas for Sequel

     March 31, 2013

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened to the second-biggest Easter weekend box office, so it looks like the Joes and Cobra are going to live to duke it out another day.  According to Variety, Paramount has greenlit G.I. Joe 3.  While a third G.I. Joe wasn’t in too much doubt, announcing the sequel the Sunday after Retaliation‘s release is a big vote of confidence from the studio rather than a “Let’s wait to see how well it does on DVD.”

There are no other details about the third installment other than the obvious assumption that it will be in 3D.  Hopefully, they won’t clear the board again when it comes to the cast, and hold on to Dwayne Johnson as their charming and charismatic protagonist.  Hit the jump for what producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is considering for G.I. Joe 3.

Talking with Steve at the recent junket for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bonaventura said he wanted to see more intimate, character-driven scenes.  Also: more ninja mythology:

“We haven’t spent any time considering what the next movie is.  There are elements we’re really excited about.  I’d like to do more ninja story.  That’s really fun, and I think the mythology will support some really cool things.  You know, I was a really huge fan of the TV show Combat! as a kid, and there’s an intimacy the show had because their budget demanded it—it’s always a bunch of guys and they’re going down a ditch.  I’d like us to do some of that kind of stuff where you’re really on an intimate level.  ‘Surprising’ isn’t the right word, but ‘gratifying’ how Dwayne and Channing’s ‘home scenes’, if you would, they’re not buddy scenes but they translated that way somehow.  So they’re basic character scenes, and they’re domesticated scenes.  How well that played in the scale of what we’re trying to do.  I’d like to see more of that.”

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