Jon M. Chu to direct "G.I. Joe 3"

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The sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Retaliation features the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), Storm Shadow and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) all serving under the newly released Cobra Commander. Zartan (who is last seen in disguise as the President of the United States) frames all G.I. Joe operatives as traitors and wipes most of them out in a sneak attack, leaving only Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Flint, and Lady Jaye. Zartan and the Commander now have all the world leaders under Cobra's control, with warheads headed towards innocent populaces. Badly beaten, out numbered, and outgunned the Joes make a desperate plan to expose the truth and stop Cobra from taking over the world. Starring Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock and Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye.
June 12th, 2013

Jon M. Chu will direct 'G.I. Joe 3'.

The 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' filmmaker has signed on to direct the third instalment in Paramount and MGM's action franchise, according to Deadline.

Chu is credited with the success of the second 'G.I. Joe' film, which starred Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Bruce Willis, and topped the US box office chart earlier this year.

After 2009's 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' was critically panned, the director was given the tough task of rebooting the franchise - which is based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy line - and delivered above expectations.

The film was met with a warmer response than its predecessor and earned $365 million worldwide - more than the $300 million the first film took in 2009.

The film studio is reportedly negotiating with four writers to pen the third flick, with a scribe expected to be selected shortly.

Chu previously expressed his desire to return to the franchise and create a more action-packed follow-up after 'Retaliation' laid the groundwork by introducing a slew of new characters.

He told BANG Showbiz: ''You know, it would be an honour [to do it], if fans went out to see it [this time]. And man I'd love to [make another one]. We have a lot of foundation with the characters here, so it would be really fun to take to the next level.''