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UPDATE: Variety now confirms that Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct Now You See Me 2.

Lionsgate didn’t necessarily expect Now You See Me to hit as big as it did. Once it saw how much money the magician thriller was raking in, though, the studio knew just what to do: It got the wheels turning on a sequel.

Now, those wheels are moving toward a new director. According to a new report, G.I. Joe‘s Jon M. Chu is now the frontrunner to direct Now You See Me 2. Hit the jump for all the details on this latest development.

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With J.J. Abrams in a galaxy far, far away, the final frontier is wide open. After the success of this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Paramount is getting ready to prep a third Star Trek film and the hunt for a new director is underway. The studio has yet to make a decision, but Latino Review is reporting the frontrunner is Jon M. Chu, the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Update: The director’s reps deny that Chu is connected to the film. Via email, they said “No one has contacted Jon or his reps about this project.” Now, Paramount could still be interested in him, but that may be all it is right now. Other rumors paint Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the next likely choice.

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Our epic, 10-hour long FilmAid broadcast is complete, and the results were incredible: a ton of amazing guests on the /Filmcast and over $10,000 raised for FilmAid! We recorded many of the episodes and will be airing them mostly in order. But since GI Joe: Retaliation is in theaters now, we just had to get you this segment first.

In part 6 of our FilmAid broadcast, Dave and Peter speak with director Jon Chu about what it was like making GI Joe: Retaliation, and get at the truth of why his blockbuster film was delayed for 9 months.

If you want to support the cause we’re promoting, please head over to filmaid.org/slashfilm and donate! You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.

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Now that Jon M. Chu is finally done with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he can turn his attention to other projects. For fans, tops on that list is the He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe. Chu was revealed as the director of the film back in July 2012, but hasn’t had time to truly concentrate on it, thanks to his extra-long post-production duties on Joe. With Retaliation out in the wild, Chu uses a new interview to provide an update on Masters of the Universe. Unfortunately, that update sounds quite similar to what he said in October of last year.
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Who exactly is G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Cobra Commander? Find out after the jump. Also:

  • Expect the cast to return for Oz The Great and Powerful 2
  • Josh Duhamel will make a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Don’t hold your breath for a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • A Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance stuntman is suing Sony
  • V/H/S 2 gets a release date and some new images
  • See images and video from the Star Trek scoring studio
  • Just what is in that new Star Trek Into Darkness teaser?

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With studios snapping up dystopian YA adaptations left and right, it seems like every director is getting the opportunity to helm a franchise of his own. That group now includes G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, who’s just entered talks to helm Disney’s Matched.

Based on the novel by Ally Condie, the story follows a society in which all citizens’ choices are made for them — everything from what to read to whom to marry. When a chance computer glitch shows young Cassia the flaws in the system, however, she decides to try and forge her own path. Hit the jump to read more.

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Last spring, Paramount made the surprising decision to delay G.I. Joe: Retaliation by nine months, from June 2012 to March 2013, so that it could be converted to 3D. Now, in just a couple of months, we’ll find out whether that costly last-minute change was worth it.

The latest trailer tries to hype up the new 3D with plenty of ninja-tastic action. But to really get a sense of how the whole 3D thing has worked out for Paramount and MGM you may want to buy a ticket to this weekend’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, as it’ll screen with a four-minute 3D preview of G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read more details and watch the new promo after the jump.

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Director Jon M. Chu has quickly become one of those directors whose quotes you need to read. After gaining notoriety with the Step Up movies and Justin Bieber documentary, Paramount entrusted him with one of their marquee franchises: G.I. Joe. Then Sony handed him the reigns to another potential franchise, Masters of the Universe. That’s a nice step up (pun intended) from dance TV shows.

In a new interview, Chu offered some significant updates on the status of G.I. Joe Retaliation, which was delayed so that (reportedly) the director could convert the film to 3D, as well as on Masters of the Universe, which is based on the popular Eighties cartoon and toy line . Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

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