When the first ‘G.I.Joe’ movie came out to middling success, no one really thought the franchise would stand the test of time, or really make that much of an impact in Hollywood. Still, few were surprised when a sequel was announced, as this is still Hollywood, and Hasbro was clearly hoping for the same kind of success they got from the ‘Transformers’ franchise. Luckily for those involved in the sequel, they managed to get Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson onboard, as he was just starting his successful rise to fame and brought in a lot of new audience members. The issue now, of course, is that the filmmakers clearly do not want to make another ‘G.I. Joe’ sequel without Johnson, but the man is currently insanely busy with his other movie projects. Aside from his TV role on HBO, Johnson is also gearing up to play Black Adam in the DCEU, has the ‘Fast and Furious’ sequel to do, ‘Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon,’ as well as ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Jumanji,’ and his voice work in this year’s animated Disney film ‘Moana.’
With all of that in mind, it is no wonder he does not have time for another ‘G.I. Joe’ flick at the moment. According to co-star Byung-hun Lee:
“I heard from the studio that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules. They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”
Lee also spoke about on-going conversations between himself and co-star Ray Park about the franchise:
“Him and I always talk about those kinds of ideas and some other projects and what if we do some things. We always talk, but it’s just talk.”
Do you think the franchise could survive without Johnson? Do you think it is ok to hold off on doing a third movie until Johnson’s schedule opens up? Do you just really not care about the ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)