GI JOE Sequel Planning To Begin Soon

GIJoe1In Hollywood, it is not how good or bad your movie actually is, it is how much it manages to take in at the box office. Case in point- G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. The movie didn’t receive to many enthusiastic reviews, it currently has a 40% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. But it still managed to pull in approximately $100 million at the worldwide box office this past weekend. And that good a weekend can only mean one thing in Hollywood- How soon can work start on a sequel?

In the case of G.I. Joe, the answer is soon, according to Paramount Studios vice-chairman Rob Moore in an LA Times article on this past weekend’s box office results. Moore also confirmed that while the lead actors are signed under option to return for a second film, while director Steven Sommers is not.

While I actually liked the final film a bit more than I liked the screenplay, I still felt that the movie wasted a lot of potential and seemed a little too self-conscious that it was the first film in a potential franchise. Rather than telling a good story on its own, it was more concerned with setting things up for future installments. Hopefully, Paramount will take a good, honest look at the film and its problems and make a concerted effort to improve the things that need improving. But then again, this is Hollywood, where some splashy CG action sequences will always trump a bad script, cheesy production design and hamfisted direction, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we wind up just getting more of the same.

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August 11, 2009 1:31 pm

And is anyone surprised by this news?