Last summer’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a fun ride that knew exactly what it was aiming for and managed to hit every mark. Much of that was thanks to director Stephen Sommers, who brought a childlike enthusiasm to the set every day. Now, despite rumors that a rift might have formed between Paramount and the adventure-loving director, The Wrap reports that Sommers has signed on to direct the sequel to Joe — if you enjoyed the first, you will have a lot to look forward to.
For those that didn’t quite enjoy the first film as much as they hoped, join me after the break to find out why you may want to get on board this time around.
Sommers’ G.I. Joe was one of the summer’s biggest surprises (the pun was necessary!), but for a different reason than most would assume. While the film wasn’t exceptional, it was surprisingly good and managed to pull in over $300 million worldwide. When a fun childhood property is adapted, the results are often completely disastrous. Just take any of the numerous videogame adaptations, or remember that foul taste in your mouth after watching Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
Not long after the film was a bona fide success, we reported that Paramount pushed forward with a sequel and secured two of the biggest up-and-coming writers at the time: Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. If that doesn’t grab your attention for an adventure film, not much will. Sommers has been a part of some real missteps; Van Helsing’s only redeeming quality was Kate Beckinsale. But he has also been a part of some fine escapist films like The Mummy and the underappreciated Deep Rising. Hell, even the second Mummy was a load of fun. Now imagine him with the writing duo that gave us Zombieland, and it should be clear why, even if the first film wasn’t quite what you hoped for, there is a chance this can easily eclipse it and further celebrate the childhood memories many of us cherish.