GI JOE 3 Will Combine Old & New Characters: Channing Tatum Could Return

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gi-joe-retaliation-pict06GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra was an embarrassing film. I can’t even qualify it as a fun popcorn movie like Transformers It was silly, poorly written and poorly acted. But, because it performed well at the box office, Paramount insisted on a sequel. Jon M. Chu stepped in as director and it was treated much like a reboot, doing away with a majority of the characters, bringing in a new crop of characters and actors. Channing Tatum was one of very few actors brought back and SPOILER ALERT he was killed off, serving as the basis of the retaliation noted in the title of the sequel.Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis were brought in to headline the action film and it, along with a better script and director, help bolster the film.

Chu will be returning to the director’s chair for the third installment and in an interview with MTV, he essentially said that we may not have seen the last of Tatum’s Duke character and the return of Storm Shadow is proof of that.

“You never know, Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who’s coming back and who’s not.”

Not really sure who else he could be referring to in that quote. The question is whether or not the franchise can afford to bring the rising star back to the franchise. He’s come a long way since the first film in regards to demand. However, the studio knows that planting Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum in summer tent-pole all but guarantees a box office hit.

The director also states that the film will bring together a mix of old and new characters. There is a rather large number of characters in the GI Joe universe to bring to the film, so feel free to speculate and start your wish list. Chu states that the third film will be “next level stuff” but I’d be happy if it’s same-level stuff.

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