You would be hard pressed to find a movie star move busy than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson these days, but he honestly may be a little too busy. His inclusion in the G.I. Joe sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation helped make that franchise a hit, but a presumed G.I. Joe 3 has been heavily delayed due to Johnson's packed schedule. At this point, it looks like it may be quite a while before we see the movie make any progress.
In a recent interview with IRM, star Byung-Hun Lee who played Storm Shadow in both of the G.I. Joe movies, revealed that the studio would like to do a sequel, but scheduling the actors has been a big issue. Specifically, working around Johnson's seemingly endless production schedule for various projects. Here is what he had to say.
"I heard from the studio that there's a possibility to do the third one, but I think they're waiting for the actors' schedules. They're arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson."
No doubt Paramount Pictures was riding high on Michael Bay's first Transformers movie when they went into production on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which came out in 2009. The movie didn't quite do what the studio was hoping it would, making $302 million worldwide from a very high $175 million production budget. The addition of Johnson to the sequel seemed to be a stroke of genius, because with a lower budget ($130 million), Retaliation managed to make quite a bit more, grossing $375 million worldwide. In the three years since, Johnson's star power has only grown, so there is no doubt a third installment would do well, but The Rock's schedule is more ridiculous than anyone may realize.
His Disney animated feature Moana is due out later this year, which will lead right into a very busy year for 2017. Johnson will be starring in Fast 8, Baywatch and Jumanji, which is currently filming. He is also attached to star in Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, as well as playing Black Adam in the DC Comics-based Shazam!. Not to mention a sequel to San Andreas, Shane Black's upcoming Doc Savage adaptation and a supposed in-development remake of Big Trouble in Little China. Oh, and his HBO show Ballers has been renewed for a third season. So yeah, busy is a bit of an understatement, especially because many of the movies on this slate have sequel potential.
Paramount could really use some of the "franchise Viagra" that Johnson is known to provide. The studio has had a string of bombs this year including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Ben-Hur, and they are looking at losing $500 million dollars over the next two The Rock is nothing if not a bankable star. We will probably see G.I. Joe 3 at some point, just don't expect it to be anytime in the near future.