Jon Chu, the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director who will be helming the sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, recently said that his plan is to give us a “down and dirty Joe.” A discussion sprung up in the comments section on that post among readers, fans of the franchise, who all seemed to have a different idea of where the sequel should go. Some want goofy camp in the vein of the cartoon series, while others want more of a nod to the comics. Still others look to more recent incarnations, such as G.I. Joe: Renegades, and a few, those who disliked the recent live-action movie, just want to see the whole thing put to bed.
What form the sequel takes remains to be seen, but it’s definitely happening and, with Chu in place, things are moving quickly now. There’s a title for the sequel which may or may not be finalized, G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The movie will start shooting in the Crescent City on Aug. 1. Say a prayer for the cast and crew; N’awlins is not the place to be in August.
Even if you’re one of the haters after The Rise of Cobra, don’t lose all hope. Chu is of the right age to have grown up with the franchise, and he seems to know what he’s talking about in interviews. More excitingly, the sequel’s script comes from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the guys who penned Zombieland. They definitely know what’s what, and have said repeatedly in interviews that they’ve worked closely with Hasbro through script development.