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Friday, November 21, 2014

Martin Campbell Is In Talks To Direct G.I. JOE 3


Depending on how you may feel about the recent live-action renditions of Hasbro property, G.I. Joe, it's probably about time we finally got another step closer to some news on the third film in the franchise. Over the course of the past few years, directing prospects went to Jon M. Chu who sat behind the camera for the 2013 sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation following helmer Stephen Sommers's 2009 flick, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Of course, that was before he moved back to doing movie musicals like the upcoming Jem And The Holograms and the recently announced Can't Touch This, and so on that word, the latest filmmaker now being sought after is Green Lantern, Goldeneye and Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell.

Talks are reportedly early according to Schmoe's Know via Screenrant, but if confirmed, Campbell will hopefully be the one to help tone down the storyline to a more grittier, espionage-driven, military action movie as opposed to what was done before in the first two films, with the second being a much greater improvement. Shooter scribe Jonathan Lemkin is attached for the screenplay with Snow White And The Huntsman writer Evan Daugherty no longer penning it, while Retaliation co-stars, actress Adrienne Palicki and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are expected to return, with mentions of other possible names from the first two films. Beyond this, official announcements are still pending regarding who will be back, in addition to whether or not we'll still get our fair share of ninja action courtesy of Ray Park's Snake Eyes and Lee Byung-Hun's Storm Shadow... because ninjas. Bruh.

Campbell was last reported to be on deck for the upcoming book adaptation, Hunter Killer, which should include some of those more popular espionage/action elements he's become known for in his films, a thing which should give Lemkin plenty of space to work with as well. So, hopefully we'll learn more about what Campbell and Lemkin may have in store for G.I. Joe 3 now that Cobra Commander is back at large and still a threat. Perhaps London will get even this time.

Stay tuned for more info!

G.I. Joe 3 Promo Art: LA Licensing Expo 2014 via ComingSoon.net

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