Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Talk G.I. Joe 2 Script, Director Switch

I think most people who have read this site for more than a day and read at least two of my reviews know that I’m pretty easy when it comes to studio-created action movies, especially the ones geared for Summer release. For instance, I still find it very silly that people complain about the plot or story of Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, a movie about giant alien robots from outer space fighting it out on Earth. My only problem with “Fallen” was that some of its action tended to drag on for too long, but “story” was not one of its issues for me.

Even by this admittedly very low standards, I still found Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” to be, shall we say, lacking. With such a bad first movie, the second one can only be better, right? I mean, it can’t get any worst, can it?

According to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, he’s very optimistic about the sequel, thanks to what he calls “a really great idea” in the script by “Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He tells MTV:

There is a really great idea in the second ‘G.I. Joe.’ In many ways, it’ll be great for the people who saw the first one, but you don’t need to have studied every element of the first one to enjoy the second. We’ve made sure that that’s the case.

Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor. You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film.

Goldner also confirmed that the first movie’s director Stephen Sommers won’t be back to helm the sequel. Well, he confirmed it by not confirming it, which in this case is the same as confirming it. Plus, he also says that “numerous directors are currently in consideration” to direct the sequel, so that settles that.

The first movie didn’t get much right, but it did get two things right. Am I right, ladies?