Here’s some movie math: if you have a movie that comes out in 2016 and it’s 2014 and you haven’t hired a writer or director, it’s time to do what? Well, at least get moving on one of those things, which Paramount appears to be doing with their G.I. Joe 3. The next entry in their franchise has already suffered one major setback after (probably) losing director Jon M. Chu to the charms of his Jem and the Holograms film, but the franchise film now appears to be getting back on track with the hiring of a brand new screenwriter. Perhaps all G.I. Joe needs is fresh blood?
Variety reports that Jonathan Lemkin will pen the next film for the studio, and although details are predictably scarce on what Lemkin will be tasked with bringing to the next feature, it has been rumored that the film will “revolve around Johnson’s character Roadblock, who was introduced in the last installment and soon became a fan favorite.” Variety also reports that Johnson and most of the cast are expected to return — their article on the news also specifically mentions Adrianne Palicki, for what it’s worth — though it’s still in need of a director.
Lemkin appears to be getting into the Paramount business — he will also write The Longest Night for them, which is set to be directed by Frank Marshall. He’s also got a relationship with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura — the pair worked together on Shooter (that Mark Wahlberg-starring actioner), and both the Devil’s Advocate and Lethal Weapon 4 were made at Warner Bros. when di Bonaventura was at that studio. Other than those films and 2000’s Red Planet, Lemkin’s cinematic filmography isn’t too deep, but he clearly has action chops that should go a long way with this franchise.
As ComingSoon reports, Lemkin got his start as a television writer back in the eighties and nineties, penning shows like Hill Street Blues and 21 Jump Street. Now that’s a fun resume.
G.I. Joe 3 is expected to start production in the spring of 2015 in order to meet an expected 2016 release date.
Are you excited for a new G.I. Joe film?
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