G.I. Joe 3 was originally scheduled to begin shooting this year. That won't happen now, as the filmmakers were not able to decided upon a story that everyone liked. Production has been delayed until early 2015, with Paramount confirming a summer 2016 release date. While G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was set to helm, reprising his role behind the camera, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirms that they are now replacing him, and that the director hunt is on.

"We're just starting [to talk to directors]. We're negotiating with a writer right now, and once we close that deal-which should be any moment-then we'll have a story locked down. I'm really excited about it."

During the production delay, Jon M. Chu decided to direct the low-budget Hasbro adaptation Jem and the Holograms, though he still wanted to come back for G.I. Joe 3. In March, the direct tweeted that he was still attached to this franchise sequel.

A few days later, Dwayne Johnson, whose character Roadblock will have an expanded role in G.I. Joe 3, claimed that Jon M. Chu was out for good, and that the search was on, reiterating the later comments from Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

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"We're still looking [for a director]...Look, I love Jon, and I think he did a great job. I get it. He had to go on and do something else."

While Dwayne Johnson claimed that the movie was going to start shooting in January, that plan has now changed. The producer explains,

"G.I. Joe3 we are trying to get going, starting early next year...I think it'll be a little later than [January]. I think February or March is probably more realistic. We were originally shooting for January and I think it's slid a little bit, but you never know. It's still a little too early to tell yet."

Lorenzo di Bonaventura then went onto discuss returning cast members, calling Dwayne Johnson the only actor essential to the ongoing franchise.

"It's interesting, it's sort of an open possibility right now who could be in it outside of Dwayne Johnson, he has to be in it. The last movie was really the set up, in a way, for Roadblock to take over. Dwayne Johnson came aboard a little late last time so we weren't able to do everything I think we can do this time, and really get a story that services what the audience expects out of him, and also as an actor pushes him into areas that you wouldn't normally explore in a big franchise movie perhaps. We have not talked about any other cast or anything, because we really need a story to be completely signed off by everybody."

So? The big question at the end of the night is: Who should direct G.I. Joe 3? Any thoughts?

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