So there will be a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, possibly subtitled Cobra Strikes. That naturally led to supposition that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might return as Cobra Commander. Given that most of the characters from the first film are said to be no-shows this time (Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Duke are the returnees) his presence would be welcome.

But now Joseph Gordon-Levitt has put an end to the conversation, saying that he won’t be back, either. So Jon M. Chu will have a pretty clean slate for the sequel — whether that is good or bad I’ll leave up to you, ardent fans of the first. The director has insisted that “we’re really trying to break it down and take the shine off and show that my Joes were the ones in the mud, the sand and the trees and in the epic worldwide adventures” so that could be a good thing. [Collider]

After the break: we knew there would be a sixth film in the Fast and the Furious series, and now it appears that Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth and fifth movies, will be at the helm of #6, too. Read More »

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One sequel has a release date and a script, the other is still just conceptual, but both franchises are fan favorites. Jon Chu, the director of Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is set to direct G.I. Joe 2 and once again geeked out in the press about his love of the franchise, hopefully inspiring fans everywhere who might be scared that the guy who directed Step Up 2 The Streets is at the helm of their beloved franchise. He’s conducted multiple interviews dropping a ton of information about what’s he’s got up his sleeve.

Then there’s Justin Lin, whose Fast Five is mere weeks away. He’s been rumored to be interested in directing a new Terminator movie, referred to as Terminator 5 and, in a recent interview, confirmed this and said that he’s even talked to Arnold Schwarzenegger about it. Read quotes from both directors after the jump. Read More »

With four wide releases opening this post-Oscar weekend, Hollywood news is predictably pretty slow. So we decided to throw together three smaller stories into one article just so you can get your weekend fix all in one place.

First up, Brian K. Vaughan, former writer on Lost and creator of Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina signed with a new agency: Verve. And while agency turnover is boring, buried in the Hollywood Reporter’s story about it is a nugget about Vaughan working on a screenplay he plans to direct and an update on Runaways. Interesting. Second, legendary Disney animator Glen Keane is reportedly not too happy with Disney’s upcoming slate of animated films and is being actively wooed by DreamWorks Animation. Also interesting. And finally, Paramount has set a release date for the Jon Chu-directed G.I. Joe sequel: August 10, 2012. Kind of interesting. Read more about all of this after the break.

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Jon Chu Picked To Direct ‘G.I. Joe 2′

More late breaking news on a Friday night. Deadline is reporting that Jon Chu, whose director’s cut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never just opened, has been chosen to direct G.I. Joe 2, the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As previously reported, Chu was one of the finalists along with Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra, but the fact that his concert documentary is currently raking in the dough for Paramount seems to have locked up the job for him. And while the deal isn’t totally finished, he’s their choice.

Yesterday, we ran some quotes that showed just how passionate Chu is about the film. Read those and more after the jump. Read More »


We’ve got some bits and pieces on some upcoming sequels for you today, from the substantiated (Ghostbusters 3) to the purely theoretical (Inception 2). Let’s dive right in.

We’ve been reporting for a while now that Bill Murray is the major holdup on Ghostbusters 3. The studio doesn’t want to move forward without him, but Murray’s been putting off reading the script for several months at this point. Well, prepare to keep waiting. Murray acknowledged yesterday that he is, in fact, the roadblock — and he still hasn’t read the script: “Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I’m a problem. There’s a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven’t read it yet.” More Murray, plus Tom Hardy and G.I. Joe 2, after the jump.

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