Thursday, January 06, 2011

Sommers' End for JOE

Last summer I mentioned my wariness about the plans for a sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (which, you may remember, I didn't love).  Well, the chances of said sequel not completely sucking have increased slightly with yesterday's word from The Los Angeles Times that, contrary to what everyone was assuming, director Stephen Sommers won't be back to helm the follow-up.  Considering that I laid most of the blame for the debacle of the original on Sommers' shoulders, this is good news.  While there's no word on who the studio is looking at to replace him, my dream pick to take the reins would be someone like Joe Carnahan, who brought exactly the right tone of deference and defiance to last year's sadly-underperforming The A-Team (which, you may remember, I did love).  But unless Paramount and Hasbro truly plan to venture outside the box like Fox did recently when picking Darren Aronofsky for their next Wolverine flick, I'm not really holding out much hope for that.  And yeah, like I said, I'll probably go see it anyway.  Shut up.

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