Zombieland Writers Handling G.I. Joe As Well?

By Katey Rich 2010-01-07 19:55:46discussion comments
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Is one brilliant film like Zombieland really enough to score the screenwriters two high-profile studio jobs? Or are Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick working some kind of voodoo on Hollywood? Just yesterday they were confirmed as the writers for the Deadpool spinoff, and now IESB is reporting that they've also been assigned the sequel to G.I. Joe.

You'll remember that it was also yesterday that Collider was reporting that a writer had been hired for the sequel. And now it turns out there are two? I"m not really sure how Rheese and Wernick plan to pull this off, given that both movies are likely to be aiming for a similar production start date, and both would probably want to start filming within the year. Then again, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were working on Transformers 2 and Star Trek simultaneously, and both movies were hits (if not necessarily better for having writers spread so thin).

I honestly feel a little skeptical about the news, given that no one went on the record for IESB's scoop and, well, it just seems crazy that Rheese and Wernick would be so in-demand that they'd get two movie offers on the same day. I think their deft comedic touch on something as intentionally ridiculous on G.I. Joe would be more than welcome, but maybe having their names on both films would be too good to be true.
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