Disappointed in Stephen Sommers’ 2009 movie of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? Yeah, so were we. And everyone else for that matter. Good news, then: Spyglass is making a few changes. They haven’t decided who will replace Stephen Sommers in the director’s chair, but according to The Latino Review they’ve narrowed down their choices to three, completely unexpected directors. As long as they rip those stupid lips off of Snake-Eyes’ mask we’ll give any of them the benefit of the doubt.
Jaume Collet-Sera (The Orphan, Unknown): Best known for horror films like House of Wax and The Orphan, Jaume Collet-Sera has at least proved himself to be a total hardass, unafraid to kick the action and suspense up three notches when one would probably have sufficed. We’ll wait to see how he handles action in next week’s Liam Neeson actioner Unknown before we make our final judgments. He may not have the time, however, what with his recently-announced Dracula movie Harker looming on the horizon.
F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator, The Italian Job): Gray’s been a solid director for years now, never quite hitting the Hollywood A-List but consistently turning in grounded action spectacles like the cult heist hit Set It Off alongside bigger fare like the (actually pretty darned good) remake of The Italian Job. A solid choice if ever there was one, and a director who could really use a chance to make the majors.
Jon Chu (Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never): The most unexpected choice of all, but you know what? He’s not a bad director. Step Up 3D was a fun romp with a surprising superhero team twist, but he’s never really stepped out of the music/dance genre. If this weekend’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never breaks the bank as expected (not that it’s a sure thing) he might have the clout to steal the job away from his competition, even though they have more experience in the genre. Not our first choice, but seriously… it’s not necessarily a bad one.
So now you know, and knowing is aw, forget it. CraveOnline will return with more G.I. Joe 2 news as its airplane explodes and it falls safely to the ground in a parachute.