Buried in the box office report from the LA Times comes the almost obvious news that Paramount Pictures is already moving forward with plans for a sequel to last weekend’s bread winner G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
According to the report, the studio’s vice chairman Rob Moore confirmed that the sequel will soon go into development. The film’s lead actors are contractually obligated to return for a second film, but director Stephen Sommers is not.
As someone who really enjoyed the film, I can get into the idea of a sequel. As well, the first film takes a moment to set up for a sequel fairly well. Of course, it was almost always clear that G.I. Joe is a franchise that Paramount would like to string along for a few films — and $100 million dollars worldwide on opening weekend is exactly the sort of thing they were looking for. Personally, I’m not psyched for another one, but I am interested. Perhaps they could move on from Stephen Sommers and get a director that can take the franchise to another level. Then again, Sommers could probably handle it. And he does dig on franchises.
Are you interested in a G.I. Joe sequel?