Last week the folks over at Latino Review, reported that F. Gary Gray and Jon M. Chu were on the shortlist to direct Paramount’s G.I. Joe sequel. Today, THR has followed up and confirmed their speculation. According to the trade the duo are definitely in the running to replace Stephen Sommers, who directed the previous film.

The studio has made the next G.I. Joe a high priority on their list of things to do. Producer “Lorenzo di Bonaventura has met with a number of directors in recent days, including Gray and Chu, while Paramount execs will commence their talks this week.” He wants production to begin by June so the film can be in theaters by 2012.

If you want our pick for the movie we say F. Gary Gray all day. Nothing against Chu but the first Joe was filled with corny and cheesy effects and dialogue, therefore we need someone who’s a little more grounded for the next one. Something about directing Step Up and Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never doesn’t give us the confidence we need in his abilities.

Who do you think should direct G.I. Joe 2?