Amid weeks of speculations about who will helm the new “G.I. Joe 2” film that is currently in the works, it looks like we finally have an (unlikely) answer. It was recently announced that Jon M. Chu will be behind the camera for the action sequel, beating out several other directors for the job.
After previous director Stephen Sommers announced he would not be returning to direct the sequel to the 2009 flop, the hunt began to find a new director. About a week ago, the studio released a short list of prospects that included F. Gary Gray and Jon M. Chu as the front-runners, and it looks like Chu has won the honor.
For those of you who don’t know, Jon M. Chu is the directive force behind the recently out-of-control “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” documentary that has taken theaters by storm in recent weeks. In its first week alone, the Bieber-doc scored $60 million in the box office, and is now gearing up for a “Director’s Fan Cut” re-released of the film slated to be in theaters for a limited week-long viewing engagement.
Before dominating BieberFever, Chu directed dance movies “Step Up 2” and “Step Up 3D”. Despite not having any action movie experience and the poor reception of the first film, Chu remains upbeat about the possibilities of the project.
“I still think there’s a movie out there that can be done for the real ‘Joe’ fans,” he said, “the one we’ve been waiting for that hasn’t been done before.”
He seemed like a shoe-in for the Bieber film, having come from a dance background, so only time will tell if he can turn around the failing “Joe” franchise. No word yet on whether the stars of the first film, including Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will be returning for this go-around.
What do you think of Jon M. Chu being chosen to direct “G.I. Joe 2”? Do you think he has the chops to make action movies, or should he stick to the same old song and dance he knows? Let us know what you think, and check out this video about thee choice below!