Stuart Beattie has landed the gig of a lifetime. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has hired the Collateral scribe to write the big screen adaptation of G.I. Joe.

Based on the Hasbro action figure, which had its own cartoon series in the mid-80s, G.I. Joe will revolve around the Brussels-based organization Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity. This co-ed force of operatives must battle the evil Cobra organization, which is lead by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer.

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Pre-production is set to start this fall, with the film going before the camera in February for a summer 2009 debut.