Wednesday, August 04, 2010
You might not realize it based on the near-universal loathing it engendered, but last summer's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (released a year ago this Friday) actually managed to clear $300 million at the global box office before it left theaters. Given that staggering tally ($11 of which came from this idiot), and given that most of the cast is locked into contracts for further installments, I guess it's not all that surprising that franchise-holders Paramount and Hasbro have been quietly ramping up development on a sequel for America's daring, highly-trained special mission force since the beginning of the year.
For as much as I disliked the first film (and I really disliked it), I had some cause for optimism back in January when Zombieland writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick were recruited to pen the sequel (as well as Fox's Wolverine spin-off Deadpool), but that initial hope has officially been scattered to the four winds now that original helmer Stephen Sommers is in talks to work his directing mojo on the franchise once again. While the first movie was hopelessly crippled by a mediocre script and lackluster performances, both of those could have been modulated if not for the larger problem of Sommers' overindulgent stylistic excesses, which I don't see him curbing anytime soon.
But, yeah, I'll probably see it anyway. Shut up.