Not even a complete 24 hours after G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra dominated this weekend’s box office, a follow up is already in the works. We previously heard rumors of a confirmed sequel, even though the film’s writer Stuart Beattie stated, “that’s a decision that will be made at least in the next few weeks after the film comes out.” A few weeks or a single day is more like it! According to the LATimes, Paramount is getting the ball rolling on the next film as we speak.
G.I. Joe grossed over 56 million dollars domestically, with an additional 44 mil. from the foreign market. The numbers aren’t as big as some may have projected but the film still managed to generate over 100 million bucks its first week. The budget stands at 175 million, so if there’s not a significant drop in the following weeks Paramount can recoup it’s investment and make a nice little profit.
The studio’s vice chairman, Rob Moore, confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development. The film’s lead actors are contractually obligated to return for another film, though director Stephen Sommers is not.
So there is more Joe in the future with your favorite characters returning, but Stephen Sommers isn’t so lucky. I’m not sure what the underlying story is there, but it can be left to interpretation. There were rumors a while back about the director being fired during the production, which everyone adamantly denied. Either way, his status is up in the air at the moment, but we will definitely follow that story as it develops.
What do you think about a G.I. Joe sequel?