The live action G.I. Joe franchise will be missing a familiar face when the sequel comes around according to the Los Angeles Times. Stephen Sommers, who helmed the first film, won’t return to direct the second one. This is a shock considering back in August it was confirmed that he was on board, along with the original cast.

The majority of the actors from the first film were contractually obligated to appear in future sequels, but Sommers didn’t have that same luxury. Apparently agents representing other directors claim that their clients have been approached to take over directing duties because Sommers won’t be behind the camera. Paramount refuses to comment on the situation.

The first movie grossed $302 million worldwide, which gave the studio enough of a reason to bankroll another installment. They hired Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen the screenplay for the follow up over a year ago, since then it’s been relatively quiet on the pre-production front.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra wasn’t groundbreaking in any way (read our review) but it wasn’t a boring embarrassment.

Who do you think should direct the G.I. Joe sequel? Are you even interested in seeing another movie from the franchise?