Stephen Sommers Won't Direct G.I. Joe 2

By Josh Tyler 2011-01-05 17:04:24discussion comments
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Hereís the truth about Stephen Sommers: He makes fun movies. Theyíre usually dumb and full of too much CGI, and yes itís easy to dismiss them if youíre one of those people who judges movies entirely by the dialogue written down in the script, but they are on some level, always fun. Thatís especially true of G.I. Joe, an even dumber than normal Stephen Sommers movie which is as pure, popcorn fun as any other movie released in 2009.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was so fun that it made a fair amount of money and so Paramount has been gearing up for a sequel. That seemed like a good idea to me, even with Sommers involved, but now heís not. The LA Times said Paramount approached Sommers to helm G.I. Joe 2, but that Sommers has turned them down. Maybe itís for the best.

Even though G.I. Joe was clearly a lot of fun, itís just as clear that thereís plenty of room to make better movies out of this franchise. As long as Paramount doesnít run out and hire Brett Ratner or McG to take a big dump all over everything, odds are that whoever they hire may be able to do more than dumb fun. Hey whatís Alex Proyas up to? He needs a comeback after the poor showing made by Knowing. Iíd even be willing to give a shot to Shawn Levy. Those Night at the Museum movies are big, dumb, fun if anything.
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