There's No <i>Joe</i> Sequel For Stephen Sommers

Good news if you didn't like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and bad news if you did: it looks like director Stephen Sommers won't be back behind the lens for the developing sequel after all.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sommers isn't directing the planned G.I. Joe follow-up for Paramount, citing two unidentified agents representing other filmmakers who say that they've "recently been approached about their clients coming on to helm the movie and were told that Sommers would not be getting behind the camera." Paramount hasn't commented on the report.

There was some drama surrounding Sommers' involvement with the G.I. Joe franchise a few months before Rise of Cobra arrived in theaters, with whispers suggesting the director had been fired from the action movie only two months ahead of its release. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura denied the report shortly after the rumors began. But even though Sommers stayed on board for the first G.I. Joe, it appears that the director has gone his separate ways with the franchise. Probably a big sigh of relief for the Rise of Cobra haters, and I'm guessing that the film's fans aren't too moved one way or the other. But you tell us -- what do you think of Sommers' alleged departure from G.I. Joe 2?

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