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    March 6, 2011


    Fancy for a new G.I. Joe movie? After a somewhat-cheesy and ridiculous first outing when Stepphen Sommers, Paramount Pictures is aiming to bring the movie which is based on the popular Hasbro toys into a different scale. Stephen Sommers will not directs the sequel, passing on the baton to John Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3-D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never). It has been a year since Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to script. Although no official words on how the story in G.I. Joe 2 would be, early words have that the sequel might act as a partial reboot.

    We started the week learning from Rachel Nichols on her twitter is that:

    It looks like Paramount Pictures may not bringing back the whole principal casts in the first one into the new sequel. It also looks like Paramount Pictures may not be investing a lot for the sequel, despite a modest US$ 300 million from global receipt. What does leave us to then with those castings? Channing Tatum will be returning as Duke, since he is the main protagonist while Lee Byung-hun and Ray Park will be reprising their role as the ninja-rivals of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes respectively. We knew that the character Storm Shadow was 'dead' in the first one but the writers have assured of a way to revive the character again.

    In that case, characters like Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Scarlett (Nichols), Breaker (Said Taghmaoui), Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), and General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) won’t be back in the sequel and should raised an alarm on how the continuity will be. The Cobra team of (Christopher Eccleston), The Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) will also absent.

    It is therefore high speculated that Paramount Pictures may be bringing in new characters and aiming for a partial reboot to the film. I was puzzled over the decision considering the storyline in the first film was good enough to set up an established franchise. Now looks like the story on how the rise of Cobra Commander will be somewhat irrelevant in the sequel. Although these issues may be abandoned in the sequel, we hope duo writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will offer better servings on the table this time.

    Regarding to the release date, G.I. Joe 2 is currently slated for a wide release on August 10, 2012 - that's 3 years after the first G.I. Joe. Screen Rant pointed out that the release will be a week after the release of both The Bourne Legacy and the Total Recall.

    [Source: Screen Rant]

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