Umm, what?! Jon Chu, director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 2 the Streets and Step Up 3D, is the new director of G.I. Joe 2 reports Deadline. This is laughable. Personally, I thought the first G.I. Joe was giant pile of smelly crap. I was so bored I feel asleep, in an action movie no less. But choosing Chu as director for the sequel, what is Paramount thinking?
Chu was one of many directors being considered for the film, including Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra. I’m betting Chu got the job because of the mountains of cash Never Say Never made. But, maybe I’m being too harsh. I did hate the first film, and I haven’t seen one of Chu’s films. Maybe I’m judging too quickly. Chu does sound excited for the project,
The one thing I felt was missing from the last Joe was the power of the punch. You want Joe to be tough. They are fun, but they are tough. I feel that you don’t want to make Joe too kidsie.
[G.I.] Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero. For me, it is about the fun stuff like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and all the gadgets. All of that stuff. But it has heart. Its heart is what America, and what heroes and leaders around the world, strive to be. I think that is what the brand needs. It needs the respect to be treated in that way.
Okay, reading that makes me a little more confidant in this man as a director. A little. I think he has a great appreciation for the franchise and seems to have more of a clue what G.I. Joe is about than the last creative team, but still, the Bieber movie? I’m gonna need some proof. First off, I think some recasting might be nice, but word is they’re seeking to bring back the originals. Bor-ring.
What are you guys thinking? Did you love the first G.I. Joe and can’t wait for more? Are excited by the choice of Jon Chu? I really need some feedback here because I honestly, it’s hard for to me to give a rat’s ass about this sequel.