Jon M. Chu, director of two Step Up pictures and both versions of this rather popular Justin Bieber movie, has been selected as the director for the next GI Joe picture. I'd dare say his pitch probably involved some explanation of how action scenes are as choreographed as dance numbers, and how he has the experience and skills necessary to deliver something that looks good in 3D – neither of which is an unfair point, of course. He's as good a hired hand as many.
Paramount's next job, according to Deadline, will be to get the cast signed up again. Channing Tatum will be the number one priority, and though I don't imagine for one second that he'll turn the job down, I am a little surprised by their intimation that he isn't on some kind of sequel option already. It's not like Paramount would have gone into the first film without wanting it to spawn a franchise – that's pretty much the point of this kind of film.
All we know about the plot so far, and it isn't much at all, is that it really does spring out of the cliffhanger at the end of the first film, in which the president is replaced with an evil lookalike. Here's what Hasbro's CEO told MTV:
Obviously, we know coming out of the first film that the president is an impostor. You might begin with the knowledge of having your president as an impostor. What would that mean? From that, you can tell a very big story without only having to rely on the chronology of the first film.
I'm bored already.
UPDATE: Heat Vision report that some characters will need to be recast or the script rejigged to remove them. Without saying why, they suggest that Sienna Miller is unlike to come back for more Baroness. Was she just appalled by the way she/the character was represented in the first film? I mean, she's got every right to be. Gender issues were not much of a concern for the GI Joe team, I'm sure.
Joseph Gordon Levitt may not return simply because he has better things to do/previous engagements, but his character's make-up could lend itself to an easy switch.