After ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ reignited the film franchise in 2013, things were looking up for the modern cinematic take on the Real American Hero. However, despite finding a new field leader in new series star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the sequel lost a director last year when Jon M. Chu departed the project in favor of directing ‘Jem & The Holograms’. Now, it looks like Paramount and Hasbro have found their new recruit to helm the third installment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Disturbia’ and ‘Eagle Eye’ director D.J. Caruso is currently in talks with the studio to direct ‘G.I. Joe 3’. At one time, Martin Campbell of ‘Casino Royale,’ ‘GoldenEye,’ and ‘The Mask of Zorro’ fame (and ‘Green Lantern’ infamy) was discussed as a potential replacement for Chu, but “early meetings never progressed to a deal.”
Caruso is definitely no stranger to the action movie genre. Prior to teaming with Shia LeBeouf for their pair of thrillers, he was primarily known for his directing work on television on such shows as ‘Dark Angel’ and ‘Smallville.’ Then more recently, he adapted the young adult sci-fi thriller ‘I Am Number Four’ in 2011 and just wrapped production on the supernatural film ‘The Disappointments Room’ starring Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till.
As for ‘G.I. Joe 3’, there’s no word on which cast members besides the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be returning, but chances are that we’ll have a better idea once a deal is officially signed by the filmmaker.
What do you think about D.J. Caruso directing ‘G.I. Joe 3’? Do you think that he’ll be able to keep up the momentum acquired by Jon M. Chu going? Are there any other directors that you thought would have been well suited for the position? Let us know in the comments.