'I Am Number Four' Helmer D.J. Caruso Directing 'G.I. Joe 3'

Monday, 12 January 2015 17:11 Written by  iamrogue
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'I Am Number Four' Helmer D.J. Caruso Directing 'G.I. Joe 3'

The long, long search for a director to sell some action figures with G.I. Joe 3 may finally have come to an end.

D.J. Caruso is in talks to take over as helmer on the sequel, which Paramount is still hoping to have in theaters at some point in 2016.

Caruso made a big impression with  The Salton Sea* before thrillers like Taking Lives and Two for the Money, then went on to direct Shia LaBeouf in both Disturbia and Eagle Eye.  Several years back he attempted to kickstart a YA franchise with I Am Number Four, but the series was not meant to be.

Most recently, Caruso wrapped production on The Disappointments Room, an anticipated scifi thriller starring Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till.  That one's due in theaters this September.

Now he's likely to take over Hasbro and Paramount's kid-friendly action franchise.  In order to lock down the deal, Caruso still has to meet with Dwayne Johnson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Erstwhile The Rock Johnson joined the series in the sequel, 2012's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but he's now the star of the franchise, so it seems he gets director approval.

It's unknown just who, other than Johnson, is returning for the third installment.  Adrianne Palicki sounds like a safe bet, as do Ray Park and Byung hun-Lee.  Maybe Bruce Willis will briefly smirk before his afternoon nap this time too.

This series ostensibly based on the vast mythology of the action figure empire began with 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers.  The sequel was a soft reboot directed by Jon M. Chu, who was set to direct G.I. Joe 3 for a spell before instead concentrating on Jem and the Holograms.

Over the summer, Devil's Advocate co-writer Jonathan Lemkin signed up to overhaul the screenplay.

Around the same time, franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura waxed hyperbolic, saying, "I honestly believe we have one of the best ideas we have ever come across for a sequel. Because — I don’t want to spoil it, that’s for sure — but we found a way to be able to articulate the movie in one or two sentences. Which means it’s going to have a very strong backbone and that backbone is very emotional. So, it allows us to make it the most character-based movie of the group.

"And I think one of the hardest things I think in cinema is to reduce ideas to their simplest form — because that means they’re their most significant," he said. "And I think it means that the audience will be able to connect to it in a way that’s very profound and I’m really looking forward to it, I have to say."

*A movie that featured Vincent D'Onofrio as a fearsome, noseless drug lord known only as Pooh Bear.  No, really.  Here's proof:

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