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The boys over at Latino Review have a source that gave a list of three directors who could be up for the directing gig on the next G.I. Joe flick. The first films director, Stephen Summers, will not be returning.
The list is short, but it contains these three…
-F. Gary Gray (Set it off, The Negotiator, The Italian Job)
-Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan, House of Wax remake)
-Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 the Streets, Step Up 3D and …the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never)
Now, many online bloggers have said to let F. Gary Gray to do it, and true, he has the most action movie credits, but hear me out…I think they should let Jon M. Chu do it.
“What?!” is what your thinking in your head. “The Justin Bieber, music dance movie guy?! Don’t let him near my G.I. Joe!”
Listen, I’ll admit, his movies are not really my cup of tea but I do think the guy’s got a great eye for visuals.
Check out the trailers for his webseries The LXD, there are some fantastic images on display here.
And the man can shoot a dance scene. His dance scenes are always dynamic, and exciting. So my theory is that if he can do that for a dance scene, he can EASILY do that for an action scene.
Also, the studio most likely will want this movie in 3D, and Chu’s got experience with that already. I remember at comic con sitting through a bunch of 3D trailers for up and coming 3D films, and honestly thinking “Step Up 3D was the best looking trailer in the bunch.” No joke.
Ahh…the Bieber thing right? That’s bothering you, yes? That’s more then understandable. Even if I tell you that the film has some surprisingly decent reviews? Not convinced? That’s ok, that’s kind of a hard sell.
Listen, don’t judge the guy on the content of his flicks. Yeah, he’s very much steeped in the dance movie world, but that doesn’t mean that’s all he can do.
Look at the other two guys on that list. F. Gary Gray’s first film? Friday, a comedy ( a great one at that mind you). Jaume Collet-Serra has Goal II: Living the Dream, a sports drama. They all have to start somewhere.
The script is currently written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo behind the awesome Zombieland. If their G.I. Joe script is half as fun and half as clever Zombieland, then we’re good to go on who ever gets the gig. But you know what, I want to think outside the box.
I know, I sound crazy, and yeah, I’m pretty sure most of the other writers on this site will disagree. Hell, YOU don’t have to agree with me either. It’s not like I’m going to start a campaign for this to happen, but I thought, of all the names on that list, John’s name intrigued me the most.
So come on Paramount, let the John M. Chu do it, lets see what he’s got. Besides, it couldn’t possibly be worst then Michael Bay’s directing in Transformers 2. It can’t be, I refuse to believe that…
p.s. Chu also directed Channing Tatum (the first films Duke) in Step Up 2, so there is THAT connection as well.
Source; Latino Review