New Writer Hired for G.I. Joe 3

Can we get her back please?

Yo Joe! Paramount Pictures, who recently announced the next G.I. Joe film would release about two years from now, have just hired screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin to take over the script from Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent).

Lemkin and series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura have collaborated several times in the past, sharing credits on The Devil’s Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4 and most recently the Mark Wahlberg sniper film Shooter.

According to Variety the film, which currently has no director attached, is expected to start filming in early 2015, with the core cast from the prior two films returning. As Dwayne Johnson is easily the biggest draw there, it is assumed the picture will once again center around his character Roadblock, who was introduced in the second film.

As a big fan of the toys growing up, I had a lot of fun with Stephen Sommers’ underrated The Rise of Cobra. It didn’t take itself seriously, went all out on the crazy over-the-top action and locations and had an extremely likeable cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance being a standout.

Despite the sequel’s addition of actors such as Johnson, Bruce Willis and Adrianne Palicki, I was severely let down by Jon M. Chu’s Retaliation. It removed most of the first film’s cast and aside from an impressive action scene involving ninjas zipping across mountains, the film felt cheap, clichéd and took itself much too seriously.

Lemkin has some solid work behind him so let’s hope he and whoever is hired to direct can strike the right tone.

What would you like from the sequel? Which Joes should be in it? Title ideas? Who should direct? What did you think of the first two films? Care to (re)watch their trailers?

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