No wonder “Step Up” guy Jon Chu has been talking publicly about how he’d approach the sequel to “G.I. Joe”. He must have known he was pretty close to getting his chance to carve out an all-new “Joe” movie.
According to Deadline, the director has landed the gig to take over the job from original director Stephen Sommers, who was unceremoniously dumped from the franchise, probably thanks to the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the first “G.I. Joe”. Obviously as many has pointed out, it wasn’t entirely all Sommers’ fault, since someone else had to write the script, but hey, the director gets all the glory, so why not all the blame, too?
Besides the “Step Up” films, Chu previously directed the Justin Bieber concert film “Never Say Never”, and beat out “Law Abiding Citizen’s” F. Gary Gray and “Unknown’s” Jaume Collet-Serra for the job.
Production on the still-untitled “G.I. Joe” sequel is expected to commence later this fall.