For all you GI JOE fans out there, I have some news!!! GI JOE 3 production is now underway!!
Though the production of the third installment has had a bumpy road due to GI JOE Retaliation director Jon Chu not returning to direct the film, the crew at Paramount may still have to find someone to take the helm as director. But that doesn't stop them from going on according to their planned schedule. The film is expected to start production in the second quarter of 2015 (presumably the summer) and slated for a release date sometime in 2016.
Now there is no word yet on who will be reprising their roles from both GI JOE Rise of Cobra and/or GI JOE Retaliation. But they are making a statement that Dwayne Johnson, who played Roadblock in GI JOE Retaliation and Adrianne Palicki, who was the female lead in GI JOE Retaliation are what Paramount have in mind for the two lead actors. There is some speculation that we may see the return of fan favorites Baroness (Sienna Miller), Scarlett (Rachelle Nichols), Snake Eyes (Ray Park), Destro (Christopher Eccleston), Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey preferably), Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and/or General Colton (Bruce Willis). But nothing has been confirmed yet.
Also, since Paramount has recently released the new [Transformers: Age of Extinction](movie:206531) in late June this year, speculation has also been going around that there may be a team up between both GI JOE and Transformers. I think it would be cool to see both forces of good (GI JOE and the Autobots) and evil (COBRA and the Decepticons) clash and make this a Hasbro Cinematic Universe (sorry Marvel).
Now looking at the director side of things, since the helm was taken by both Stephen Sommers (GI JOE Rise of Cobra), and Jon Chu (GI JOE Retaliation), I feel that the director's chair should go to someone with a good film point of view. I am of course talking about directors such as either Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2), Kenneth Branagh (Thor), the Russo brothers ([Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973)), David Yates (Harry Potter), Shane Black ([Iron Man 3](movie:24391)) or Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). No word on the director's chair yet. But there could be a possibility one of these guys I mentioned would be a great choice (if one of them wants to). But whoever it will be, I hope it will be a good one.
Now for Channing Tatum as Duke. As some of you may already know, Tatum is still working his way up to the top of his films. Recently, he starred with Jonah Hill in the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and is set to star alongside Mila Kunis and Sean Bean in the upcoming Jupiter Ascending. I know some of the fans are disappointed that Duke got killed off at the beginning of GI JOE Retaliation. But I think he may have gone underground. Or maybe he got killed off for good. Some people think that Tatum should reprise his role in GI JOE 3, even though he got killed off at the last minute in the last film.
So there you have it. Who do you want to see direct GI JOE 3? Who do you want to see return? Which new characters should be in the film and who should portray them? Let me know in the comments below.