Jon Chu, who directed Paramount's hit documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, is in negotiations with the studio to helm the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Deadline reports.
The 31-year-old Chu won out over F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job) in Paramount's hunt to replace Stephen Sommers, who directed the widely panned yet commercially successful 2009 original (it grossed an estimated $302 million worldwide). The follow-up is targeted for a 2012 release.
While Channing Tatum is expected to reprise his role as Duke, Heat Vision contends it's uncertain whether Joesph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller will return as Cobra Commander and the Baroness.
The untitled sequel is being penned by Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. According to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, the movie will be able to stand on its own, while also giving a nod to the 2009 original, which ended with Zartan impersonating the president of the United States: “Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor. You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film.”
Chu's Never Say Never, which was made for $13 million, has grossed more than $53 million since its Feb. 11 release.