Okay, now things are getting a little weird.
A few days ago the word spread throughout a Twitter conversation that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M Chu, who was recently tapped to direct a live action Jem and the Holograms film, was going to do that film first, and push the third G.I. Joe film back. This news threw G.I. Joe fans for a loop, as news like that does, and suddenly people were certain that the third Joe film was never ever going to happen.
I tried to take a bit more measured approach.
Now, though, on a promotional tour for Hercules, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been asked about the third G.I. Joe film, and through a series of pretty odd questions and answers seems to say they’re waiting for Chu while at the same time still keeping options open for a new director:
Question: Have you guys talked about when another G.I. Joe might happen, because I know Jon Chu’s doing some other things now.
Johnson: Yeah, yeah. Well, the idea is that we would start shooting G.I. Joe in January, in the first quarter of next year. That’s the idea. Look, I love Jon, and I think he did a great job. I get it. He had to go on and do something else. By the way, maybe…
Question: He could still be done by then.
Johnson: Could be, right?
And then later…
Question: So do you guys have a G.I. Joe 3 director yet? Are you still looking?
Johnson: We’re still looking, yeah.
Yeah, I don’t particularly get it either. The interview happened with IGN.com, and the quotes from Johnson are pretty clear, especially at the end, but the interview itself seems oddly structured.
Anyway, hopefully more news on this as it comes about. I think it’s quite possible that with Chu taking the helm on Jem that perhaps a new director is being sought for the third Joe film, but I also suspect that Chu could still be done with Jem and end up back in the driver’s seat. Whatever happens, I suppose it wouldn’t be a G.I. Joe film without some measure of drama to it, right?