Jon Chu Officially Signs on to Direct G.I. Joe 3

Byung-hun Lee in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Movie ImageIt looks like that “Masters of the Universe” movie will have to wait, because Jon Chu is said to be in negotiations to return to helm the third “G.I. Joe” movie, the second for the director after “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, a film that was finished and ready to go last year, but the studio held it back an entire calender year in order to turn it into a 3D adventure and, according to rumors, pump up the screen time for a suddenly-hot Channing Tatum.

There are no plot details on the third movie, but the studio is expected to hire a screenwriter soon, and after the $365 million worldwide take of “Retaliation”, they may be looking to fast-track this, though that’s just speculation on my part.

While “Retaliation” did better than the much-derided “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” at the box office (mind you, while “Retaliation” got slightly better reviews, they weren’t that much better), the difference really isn’t that huge. “Retaliation” capped off with $365 million, while “Rise of Cobra” ended up with $302 million. In fact, “Rise of Cobra” actually did about $30 million dollars better Stateside, though it did cost about $45 million more than the sequel, so I guess when you count just raw numbers, “Retaliation” was easily the more profitable of the two films.

Meanwhile, where does this leave that He-Man movie? Chu has been attached to direct “Masters of the Universe” for Sony for some time now, but if he’s signing on to do “G.I. Joe 3”, it’s anybody’s guess where that leaves He-Man and company. I personally would have liked to see a He-Man movie first, but maybe that’s just me. I always liked He-Man more as a kid anyway for some reason.

Jon Chu on the set of G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Movie Image

Via : Deadline