Someone with a keen eye on the future asked director Jon M. Chu what his recent revelation of a possible Jem and the Holograms might mean for a third G.I. Joe movie. Great question! And Chu’s Tweet above addresses the issue. Sorry, Joe fans.
However, the news isn’t all bad. Chu admits that the script for a third Joe is coming together, and is "getting REALLY fun" as it assembles, but he "need(s) it 2b perfect" so they are going to put it on the backburner while they try to get this crowdsourced Jem story off the ground.
Chu is hard at work with screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who previously penned Divergent (now in theaters) and Snow White and the Huntsman for director Rupert Sanders. He also contributed to the screenplay for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though he is one of a reported handful of hired guns on that project.
Do we need a third Joe movie? You might be surprised. The first two Joe films earned a boat load, primarily overseas. Rise of Cobra did $150 million in the U.S., and a grand total of $302M worldwide.
The sequel dipped a bit, banking $122M in the States, but $375M globally. This, despite the fact that they brought in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis as newcomers who could, in theory, carry a franchise for the next few years:
The IMDB page for G.I. Joe 3 doesn’t have a release date, and the only cast member listed is Adrianne Palicki, who played Jaye in Retaliation. Seeing as how Chu now says he’ll fit the Jem movie in, it’s unlikely we’d see Joe 3 in theaters before 2016 or ’17, where studios already are starting to carve out dates. I’m truly excited to see if Chu can convince Willis and Johnson to some back (or maybe revive heroes who might have died in the previous films … just speculating). We’ll continue to track Joe 3 and let you know what develops.
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