As we reported a couple weeks ago, Stephen Sommers will mercifully not be returning to direct G.I. Joe 2. The gig was reportedly up for grabs, with Jaume Collet Sera (Unknown), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) all vying for the director’s chair. Since only one of those directors had a hit movie this month, guess who got the job?
That’s right, Jon Chu, who to date has directed Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D and of course that Justin Bieber thing. Notably, none of them are action movies. In a way, that’s actually encouraging. Chu will have something prove and will therefore be less tempted to phone this baby in like, oh, I dunno… Stephen Sommers. He also understands 3D extremely well, if the massively underrated Step Up 3D is any indication, so when the announcement is inevitably made that you will have to wear glasses in order to enjoy G.I. Joe 2, a franchise so f***ing manly that it makes you want to beat up anyone wearing glasses, it won’t be too disappointing.
Hollywood Reporter is also indicating that the ever-present ‘sources’ are suggesting that some roles will need to be recast for the sequels, which isn’t surprising since the cast was bigger than a really big… cast… thing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would really seem to be slumming it at this point in his career, and reportedly Sienna Miller’s role of The Baroness might be recast as well. Hmm… Would it be too much to ask to recast just about everyone else as well? Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, you’re cool. But yeah… I think the rest of you are done here. Thanks for your time! Oh hey, Justin Bieber would make a great Tunnel Rat wouldn’t he?
Crave Online will return with more news as it gets tough/goes joe.