'Star Trek 2' Delayed and Dwayne Johnson in 'GI Joe: Cobra Strikes'?

Monday, 06 June 2011 11:22 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Star Trek 2' Delayed and Dwayne Johnson in 'GI Joe: Cobra Strikes'?

With director JJ Abrams still not confirmed to return and a 70 page treatment in place of a script, it has looked increasingly likely that Paramount would have to delay Star Trek 2's planned release next summer.  To take the place of that blockbuster, the studio would need another high profile bit of business for summer 2012.  According to Deadline, the studio is looking to position its GI Joe sequel, now titled GI Joe: Cobra Strikes as their Trek replacement.  Not only that, but Dwayne Johnson is reportedly in talks to go Joe alongside Channing Tatum, who is likely to return.

Apparently erstwhile 'The Rock' Johnson, who helped Fast Five become the highest-grossing film of 2011 so far, would play a character named Roadblock in the Joesequel.  For Cobra Strikes, Paramount is largely disavowing the 2009 film GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.  Though that film established a broad action setting with a big ensemble cast, only Tatum (Duke), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), and Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow) will be returning for the follow-up.  Additionally, original director Stephen Sommers has been replaced by John Chu, who previously helmed the concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Johnson will appear in a sixth The Fast and The Furious, and producer Neal Moritz hopes that his character, Hobbs, will support his own spin-off adventure as well.  If he joins GI Joe: Cobra Strikes, it'll be another already-running franchise that Johnson steps into, which he has done with Fast Five, The Mummy Returns (directed by Sommers), and the upcoming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, this fall's sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth.

As for Star Trek 2, the June 29, 2012 release date has not been officially called off, but the effects-intensive film would have to race through every phase of development, production, and post-production to make it.  The first Abrams-directed Trek was itself delayed from a Christmas 2008 release to May 2009.

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