Stephen Sommers Returning to Direct G.I. Joe Sequel

And now for news that nobody else but me will be excited about.

Last we heard about the G.I. Joe sequel, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to pen the screenplay. It was also assumed that the main cast would be returning, seeing as how they’re contractually obligated to do so. Director Stephen Sommers, meanwhile, was not contracted to return, and after rumors that he had been fired off the first film following a disastrous test screening, there was a lingering question of whether the studio would even want him back at the helm.

Well, perhaps those rumors really were bogus. Stephen Sommers will be back for the next G.I. Joe. More after the break. Read More »

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G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Edition)
Wearing its Saturday morning cartoon influences on its sleeve as proudly and prominently as the dunce cap on its head, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a goofy, cheesy, logic-defying exercise in silliness that thumbs its nose at physics and includes lines like “Deploy the sharks!” said with a straight face. Yeah, I pretty much loved it. On the ‘so-dumb-it’s-enjoyable’ scale (in this particular case, a more fitting benchmark than the ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ scale), the film comes very close to fulfilling its potential (Ninja in a jetpack – Check!), but stops just shy of being consistently fun and hilarious enough to give it much rewatch value (Why aren’t the sharks armed with laser beams? C’mon Sommers, get with the program!). Viewers may feel like bashing the film for the absurdities of its narrative, its lack of complex characters, and its overall disdain for the necessity of plot to facilitate action set pieces, and they have every right to do so. It seems a little pointless though, considering that audiences are given full disclosure of the film’s intentions the moment they read the title.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – Audio commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay. 2-disc DVD & Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE featurette, a Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE featurette, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $15.99 $14.77
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of other the listed stores (including Amazon).

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$24.99 $24.99 $22.77
Amazon – $19.99

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