G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra obviously isn’t the best movie ever made, but a surprising amount of people ended up having a lot of fun with it, and the movie went on to pull in over $300 million worldwide at the box office.
After showing off numbers like that, a sequel was all but guaranteed and has been under development at Paramount Pictures. No movie can move forward without a director, of course, and it would appear that this sequel now has one. The Wrap has it on good authority that Stephen Sommers — director of the first movie — is set to return once again for G.I. Joe 2.
It’s been a while since the sequel was announced, but it was unclear up until now whether the director would return for the job. Sommers is also known for directing fellow summer action/adventure blockbusters like The Mummy, The Mummy Returns (he wrote Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), and Van Helsing.
Zombieland writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were brought in to pen the script for the movie back in January and already have at least the first draft completed and turned in. No word yet on when the movie may be released or who will return, but Channing Tatum is expected back and release is assumed to be aiming for sometime in 2012.