Paramount announced last week that they were aiming to get G.I. Joe 3, and  a bunch of other sequels, into theaters by 2016. With about two years to write, cast, set-up production, shoot, edit, and promote the film, one might think that the producers had better start cracking then. Indeed, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is cracking and according to him he’s close to signing a writer and is now in the process of looking at directors. But what kind of story are we looking at, and what Joes might be involved? For answers from di Bonaventura, read on.

While talking to Collider, di Bonaventura mentioned that the production of the third G.I. Joe is now in the process of looking for a director as G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is seemingly close to signing on for the sequel to Now You See Me. “We’re just starting [to talk to directors],” he said. “We’re negotiating with a writer right now, and once we close that deal—which should be any moment—then we’ll have a story locked down.  I’m really excited about it.”

As for details about that story, don’t hold your breathe. One thing that di Bonaventura has said though is that a lot of fan favorite characters are likely to put in an appearance with the new Joe line-up in the film. That’s kind of vague, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for both Barbecue and Snow Job to show up, because how would you get two Joes with ultra-specific specialties into the same story. Regardless of my own hopes and dreams, di Bonaventura did confirm one returning character: Roadblock as portrayed by Dwayne Johnson.

“The last movie was really the set up, in a way, for Roadblock to take over,” di Bonaventura explained. “Dwayne came aboard a little late last time so we weren’t able to do everything I think we can do this time, and really get a story that services what the audience expects out of him, and also as an actor pushes him into areas that you wouldn’t normally explore in a big franchise movie perhaps.”

Of course, they’d be crazy not to have Johnson back for a new Joe film as his presence was highly credited for the success (such as it was) of Retaliation. Also in Retaliation’s favor has casting off a lot of that nanomite nonsense, and simplifying the plot to making it about a Cobra plot to destroy the world’s nuclear deterrent and replace it with their own doomsday weapon. But according to di Bonaventura the most difficult part in breaking the story for a G.I. Joe movie is making it… Simple?

“The hardest thing in film, I think, is to reduce something to something simple,” he said. “You want it to be smart, you want it to have all this complexity, you want to do all these things which sometimes makes it all so confusing. […] This time we have a very clear, very defined, tight idea that I wish I had on every sequel I’ve ever worked on.  Simple’s the hardest to get to.”

No one’s going to confuse a G.I. Joe movie with the works of Fellini, but anything that makes G.I. Joe seem more like a movie and less like a two hour long trailer has to be a good thing. Maybe with Joe third time will be the charm.

We’ll have more news as it develops.

Source: Screen Rant

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