Stephen Sommers Won’t Direct G.I. Joe Sequel After All

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Good news, fanboys: it sounds like Paramount has heard your pleas regarding Stephen Sommers directing another “G.I. Joe” movie, because according to reports, the “Mummy” director will not be back for a second go-around in Joe land. Which is a surprise, because it wasn’t all that long ago when all signs pointed to Sommers very much directing the sequel. But hey, this is Hollywood, and studios are whimsical creatures.

Says the LATimes:

Two agents who represent other filmmakers have said they’d recently been approached about their clients coming on to helm [the G.I. Joe sequel] and were told that Sommers would not be getting behind the camera. Paramount declined to comment.

So there you have it. No need to get your panties into a bunch, Stephen Sommers will no longer be directing the “G.I. Joe” sequel, which previously had “Zombieland” and “Deadpool” writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick penning a draft.

Made for around $175 million, the first movie earned $302 worldwide, half of that from the domestic box office. It’s by no means a runaway hit, but when you add in all the ancillary profits, it should eventually arrive in the black.

If the sequel does go forward, may I make a suggestion to the filmmakers? Stop with the Scarlett and Ripcord nonsense, and either put her with Snake Eyes or Duke, or not at all.

Author: Nix

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  • Juggernaut

    The biggest gripe you have is the Scarlet/Ripcord romance?!?!?!?! How about the nonsenical tie between Baroness, with no accent none the less, Cobra Commander and Duke? What about the made up characters? Storm Shadow taking his mask off? Snake Eyes using a gun? Duke talking like a thug? The first one was a bomb. The fact that they’re even making a sequel is assinine. Even if that hack Sommers does come back, this thing will no doubt blow!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Never anywhere in the article did I say the Ripcord-Scarlett deal was my “biggest gripe”, but if that makes you happy to justify your little rant, I’m happy to oblige you.

      • Juggernaut

        I appreciate that! LOL. I totally agree with you about that by the way. All these morons who write, direct and produce these movies is stick to the source material! There is no reason to divert from the original formula. It works. It has a following. The only reason to change things is to better move the plot along or make something too unrealistic be realistic. Going into it everyone had to check their logic at the door and just enjoy the ride with a grain of salt. They could have tried to make the movie grittier and more realistic but they didn’t. I’m fine with that but if we are already supposed to believe these extraordinary circumstances why not just have a Cobra organization with shadowy characters and Joe’s with no link to each other or their enemies. Do they think that we are so dumb that we need everyone in the movie to be intertwined so we as a collective audience can say “OH its because they know each other!!!!” It was just unnecessary.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Well it can only get better with a sequel, right? LOL.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Well it can only get better with a sequel, right? LOL.

          • Juggernaut

            Just throw in the Eco Warriors and were all set!

  • Ulik

    “GI-Joe Resolute” showed how it should’ve been done. The mere fact that Paramount declined to comment shows Sommers was fired from helming the sequel. Maybe Cathrine Bigelow would do a good job. They need someone who will stick to the source material, command top notch acting, and stay away from the camp and cheesyness.

  • Dante Cubit

    See, I agree with most of the comments – but (I may have become more of a ‘devil’s advocate’ as I’ve gotten older) making a movie gritty/realisitc/dark etc is all-well-and-good if you want to satisfy the fanboys (of which is only a small portion of the demographic you want to capture to get through the cinema doors if you’re a studio exec), but it isn’t going to tie in well or help you to flog your toy-line/books/games etc that you’re going to want to sell a shedload of after the movie’s done it’s run at the box office…
    Well I thought the movie was ‘passable’ at best, and (hurrah!) finally a movie with a Wayans brother who’s playing it (mostly) straight and not goofy-ass (I shudder every time I recall the traversty and car-crash that was ‘Dungeons & Dragons’), and so look forward to a sequel – and for whomever posted a comment about Snake-eyes using a gun – wasn’t he all tooled-up anyway? And that’s why he’s awesome – if you really know your real ninjutsu, ninja aren’t afraid to use anything to hand in order to take down an opponent! That’s why Snake Eyes rocks!

    • Juggernaut

      I do agree with the fact that not every property needs to be grittier, darker and more realistic (or as I like to call it “Nolanized”). While it does work with some stories and characters (Batman, X-Men), they shouldn’t all have that revamp (Superman, Spider-Man). This, in my opinion, falls into the latter category. The cartoon and subsequent toy line is what most drastically propelled the movie. That being said the cartoon was mostly a cheesy, campy, non-realistic fare. It was a cartoon. I think that the movie did capture that essence of the material. However changing major plot points and character backgrounds just wasn’t necessary.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    See I didn’t have a problem with them tieing Barroness, Duke and Cobra Commander together. It was actually done rather well until the mind control thing got thrown in. I did miss her accent (She’s british she could have used that one OR a Euro accent, but whatever), but Commander and Baroness being siblings almost makes sense. I hated the mind control thing though it was easier to deal with her being revenge driven for her brother’s “Death” and I liked that COmmander was played as a former soldier who goes rogue. The Ripcord/Scarlett romance was pretty bad, but it would’ve been almost cliche to have her with Duke, and very limited amount to do with Snake Eyes in an origin film. Oh and Juggernaut, Snake Eyes has used a gun before, alot actually. He even did it in “Resolute” which I agree with Ulik was the way to go. It was still over the top but it took everything we loved and made it a bit more adult. It wasnt super dark, but dark enough. It stuck to the source material but wasnt afraid to change a few things (Dialtone) and kill off some beloved characters (Bazooka, Major Blood almost Storm Shadow).

    My issue with the film other than the cheesy dialogue was Snake Eye’s mask. NO LIPS THIS TIME!!! Give me Mila Jovavich as Lady J. and Gerard Butler as Flint and I’m good. Throw in the Crimson Guard and the Twins and it’s a party. Oh and I must say Jude Law for Tomax and Xamot…or the Twins from the second Matrix film.

    • Juggernaut

      I’d like to see George Eads as Flint. Jon Hamm as General Flag. I like Jude Law for Xamot and Tomax. Good call! Hopefully the Dreadnocks will be in this one too.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        HOLY SH!T!! Eads as Flint is perfect. So is Hamm as Flag.

  • Ulik

    I see a lot of people are rooting for JOE CARNAHAN to direct this sequel. I haven’t seen the A-Team yet(shame on me) but I heard it was pretty good. What do yal think of that guy’s work? Or would he be a good pick?

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      That could work. Seriously. He’d make it just over the top enough to be heightened reality, but he’d also make the team feeling more prominent. He’s good with ensemble casts (“Smokin’ Aces,” “A-Team”) and i think he’d bring a much needed grittiness to the film but still keep it semi futuristic.

      • Ulik

        Yeah, I saw “Smokin Aces”, that was pretty good, it had sort of a black comedy type of violence sort of like what I see a Deadpool movie might be like.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Shit! Now that you say it Carnahan would be a decent director for that. Narc was good n dark too.

          • Juggernaut

            Narc was awsome! I really like the idea of him directing a Deadpool movie. Everyone was so bummed out when Rodriguez was out. I like most of Rodriguez’s movies but besides From Dusk Till’ Dawn and Planet Terror I don’t see him being “THE” director for a Deadpool movie. There are plenty of other directors who do action/dark comedies out there.

  • Ulik

    Well then there you have it, maybe some body can start a fire for Carnahan to do Deadpool. Why don’t Dedpool, Nix, and Juggernaut make a blog for it. I would help but I’m not computer savy at all. LOL!

  • Ulik

    Well then there you have it, maybe some body can start a fire for Carnahan to do Deadpool. Why don’t Dedpool, Nix, and Juggernaut make a blog for it. I would help but I’m not computer savy at all. LOL!

  • Excalibur

    Thank god Sommers is gone! And please, no more Scarlett/Ripcord in the sequel and no Duke/Scarlett either! We had 30 years of that Duke nonsense in the cartoons. Snake Eyes/Scarlett from the comics are canon and the filmakers should stick to the source material. They should develop Snake Eyes and Scarlett’s relationship in the sequel, including the helicopter accident where Snake Eyes is disfigured and loses his voice saving Scarlett’s life. And Juggernaut, one of Snake Eyes’ signature weapons in both the comics and the action figure line was an UZI 9mm submachine gun, so he most definitely used guns! He is a commando and an ex-Army Ranger after all!

  • OK Records

    I liked the G.I. Joe movie. I thought it was well done.