Disturbia director D.J. Caruso may direct the anxiously awaited G.I. Joe 3. The third installment of the popular film franchise from Hasbro and Paramount was originally to be directed by Jon M. Chu, who directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation; but Chu bowed out so he could direct the big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms.
Although the cast members have not yet been officially announced, the plot will apparently center on the character of Roadblock, who was played by Dwayne Johnson in Retaliation. The new film will reportedly feature other returning characters as well as newcomers.
Fans are curious about whether Channing Tatum will reprise the role of Duke. The character went over big with audiences in the first film, and he made an all-too-brief appearance in the sequel, before presumably being killed in a Cobra ambush. When Chu was still attached as director, he hinted that Duke could potentially come back for the third movie. It wouldn’t be the first time a character from the franchise was resurrected.
Writing the screenplay for G.I. Joe 3 is Jonathan Lemkin, known for penning Lethal Weapon 4, and Evan Daugherty, whose most recent work includes two hits from last year, Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Prominent filmmaker Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produced both Rise of the Cobra and Retaliation, is returning for this installment.
Caruso’s next film is the Kate Beckinsale sci-fi thriller The Disappointments Room, opening in September.