George Clooney to Play G.I. Joe?

clooney-gijoe.jpgThe people over at Movies.com have heard rumor that Danny Ocean himself (George Clooney) may be suiting up to take on the role of Duke in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. Or would it now be G.I.J.O.E. considering the title apparently stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity rather than Government Issue, Joe. That is, Joe Colton, the original, the real American hero who started it all. I digress.

Movies.com says that with the economical failings of Michael Clayton Clooney wants in on a summer tent pole film and be behind some money. With Stepehen Sommers (The Mummy) directing and Stuart Beattie (30 Days of Night) reworking the script, and an ample sum of production cash, G.I. Joe just may be that film. This rumor is as of yet unsubstantiated and the name Mark Wahlberg is also tossed around without confirmation.

What we do know is that this film will be a pre-strike (if it happens) venture. My hopes are low for this movie as a real avid G.I. Joe fan. A leaked script about a year ago got rave reviews from the online community. A rewritten draft was pounded into the ground as utterly horrible. So with this being at least the third draft, hopefully there have been some improvements. Expect Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Baroness, and Destro to make the cut based on previous drafts, though Cobra Commander is getting very little love it seems.

Now, we don’t know much about what’s coming. And knowing is half the battle. So we’re S.N.A.F.U. on this.