G.I. Joe 3

(2016)

The battle against C.O.B.R.A. continues in this third installment of the popular Hasbro franchise based on the comic book and cartoon series from the 80s.

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Hires New Writer to Revamp Franchise

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Hires New Writer to Revamp Franchise

With D.J. Caruso now locked in to direct G.I. Joe 3, after entering negotiations back in January, Paramount has brought on writer Aaron Berg to redraft the script. Jonathan Lemkin came aboard in July to pen the original sequel screenplay, but it isn't known if Aaron Berg is using elements of his draft, or starting over from scratch. Aaron Berg will work with D.J. Caruso to try and "revamp" the G.I. Joe action franchise.

The sequel has been in various stages of development over the past few years, with Martin Campbell once in talks to direct, but a deal never came together. The story will reportedly center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation, but it's possible the project is going in a completely different direction with this new writer and director team involved. It isn't known if any of the other G.I. Joe Retaliation stars will reprise their roles for G.I. Joe 3.

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Will ‘M.A.S.K.’ Characters Appear in ‘G.I. Joe 3’?

Will ‘M.A.S.K.’ Characters Appear in ‘G.I. Joe 3’?

Earlier today, we learned that twins Tomax and Xamot may be the main villains in G.I. Joe 3. That same report, which originated at Film Divider, also claims that Paramount and Hasbro are looking to re-launch their M.A.S.K. property on the big screen as part of this sequel. Though it's not known how many characters or in what capacity they may appear.

The main plan is to feature M.A.S.K. leader Matt Trakker in a key role. M.A.S.K. was an animated series that launched along with a toy line in 1985 from Kenner. The show revolved around vehicles that could transform into other forms of transportation, and the characters wore cybernetic masks that gave them various new abilities. Its roots were set in the espionage thriller scenarios of Mission: Impossible and often featured tricked-out muscle cars, with stunts to match. That could certainly lend an element of the Fast & Furious to this next sequel. And with Dwayne Johnson taking lead roles in both properties, that makes sense. At this time, The Rock is the only known returning cast member, with his Roadblock to be the main character.

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‘G.I. Joe 3’ to Introduce Villain Twins Tomax and Xamot?

‘G.I. Joe 3’ to Introduce Villain Twins Tomax and Xamot?

It seems as though Dwayne Johnson is finally getting a break in his production schedule fairly soon, which means G.I. Joe 3 is finally ready to get underway. While G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu dropped out to focus on other Hasbro property Jem and the Holograms (where is that trailer?), Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso is stepping in. And according to Film Divider, he has some pretty interesting ideas for this upcoming sequel, including making the main villains Tomax and Xamot.

G.I. Joe 3 will reportedly be made up of old and new characters, though the only confirmed one to return is Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock. If this latest rumor is true, he will be going up against these two evil twins. Xamot and Tomax are known for leading the 'respectable" corporate face of Cobra, and are the founders, owners, and CEOs of Extensive Enterprises. When not engaged in terrorism, they efficiently manage Cobra's business affairs in formal wear. They like to attack through brains over brawn, using the law to serve the purposes of Cobra. They have covered their paper trail and connection to Cobra so well, that it is thought to be impossible to prove a connection between them and the terrorist organization. The Twins were often seen in the 80s animated TV show and were featured in the Marvel comics.

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‘G.I. Joe 3’ Aims for ‘Disturbia’ Director D.J. Caruso

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Aims for ‘Disturbia’ Director D.J. Caruso

Paramount has been searching for a director to take the reins on their upcoming action sequel G.I. Joe 3 since last June, when it was revealed that the previously-attached Jon M. Chu has parted ways with the project to take on Jem and the Holograms. Today, Deadline reports that D.J. Caruso is in early talks to take over as the director. While a deal has yet to be solidified, it's "all looking quite promising," according to the site.

We reported in November that Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) was being eyed to take the helm, but a deal never materialized. Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil's Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4, Shooter) signed on to write the script back in July, which will center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation. Paramount revealed in June that G.I. Joe 3 will be released in 2016, although it isn't known if that is still the plan or not.

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‘G.I. Joe 3’ Aims for ‘Green Lantern’ Director Martin Campbell

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Aims for ‘Green Lantern’ Director Martin Campbell

Paramount Pictures has been searching for a new G.I. Joe 3 director for the past few months, after Jon M. Chu dropped out to make Jem and the Holograms. A new report from Schmoes Know reveals the studio may have finally found the director they're looking for in Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale).

Sources claim that Martin Campbell is the top choice of Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and while official negotiations have not begun yet, the job is basically Martin Campbell's for the taking, if he wants to sign on.

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‘G.I. Joe 3’ Gets New Writer, Story Will Focus on Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Gets New Writer, Story Will Focus on Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock

Jonathan Lemkin has been set to write the screenplay for ‘G.I. Joe 3’, with most of the cast returning. No director has been found to replace Jon M. Chu at this time.
‘G.I. Joe 3’ Continues Hunt for Director

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Continues Hunt for Director

‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ director Jon M. Chu is officially not returning for ‘G.I. Joe 3’, with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura currently searching for the perfect replacement.
Dwayne Johnson Will Have an Expanded Role in ‘G.I. Joe 3’

Dwayne Johnson Will Have an Expanded Role in ‘G.I. Joe 3’

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirms that Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock was always meant to take over the ‘G.I. Joe’ series, while a hunt for a new director continues.