Action Guy and Dance Guy are Finalists for G.I. Joe Movie Sequel


Really, Paramount? You’re actually having trouble deciding between the guy who directed “The Italian Job” and “Law Abiding Citizen” with the guy who directed two “Step Up” movies and Justin Beiber’s glorified concert film? Really? Sheesh. No wonder this franchise is in such bad shape.

The latest news on the “G.I. Joe” sequel front has Paramount narrowing down its search for a director (now that Stephen Sommers has quit/been fired from the gig) to two men: action movie director F. Gary Gray and dance movie director Jon Chu. Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently directed “Unknown” was said to also be in the running, but seems to have fallen by the wayside, leaving just Gray and Chu.

Now look, I’m not saying that Gray would be the ideal candidate to make the “Joe” brand respectable after the epic fail that was the Sommers movie, but I am saying Gray is the better choice between the two men. Unless, of course, Chu is secretly a super action director and has, up to this point, been hiding his super action director filmography from us while wallowing in teenage dance movies.

Given the two choices, you gotta think Gray is the only viable one here, right? I mean, look at their pictures in this post. Gray (top, left) has explosions going off around him, while Chu (below) looks like he’s getting ready to get all “Lord of the Dance” on us. I’m just saying.

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  • Brian

    The unfortunate thing here is that even though the movie was terrible, people still went to see it…I fail to understand the logic. People go spend money on a bad movie that they know is bad and then in turn help create a sequel that’s just going to be worse…yet go see it again. That mentality is what is killing quality in movies these days and it sucks! (Not directing this at anyone specifically, just at the numbers)
    It happens time and time again with productions that can’t be respectable or even slightly “good movies”. People just keep handing the money to the studios saying “here use this to make another bad movie”. Anger!!

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see a Hong Kong director get the job. Imagine someone like Daniel Lee (“Black Mask”, “14 Blades”) or Bennie Chan (“Gen X Cops”, “New Police Story”). Still wouldn’t be a classic, but it’d hopefully be more shootey and fighty.

  • Juggernaut

    I think that F. Gary Gray would be a good fit for a second, grittier installment in the JOE franchise. However Chu has the in with Channing “Duke” Tatum after directing him in the first Step Up. Maybe their bromance will play into the final decision! Lol.

  • Doubleh55

    I would think dance movie people would be ideal for action movies. Dance movies are all about showing the dance. You’ll never seen a dance movie directed like a Paul Greengrass movie. Therefore, in theory, dance movie directors would give you an action movie where you could see what the fuck is going on.