In 2009 Paramount brought G.I. Joe to theaters after the success of the Transformers and in a recent interview the two almost crossed paths on the big screen.
When Paramount released G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra it did okay, but didn’t do what the studio had hoped for. With the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Paramount brought in Dwayne Johnson to help bolster the franchise. Retaliation turned out to be better received critically and commercially, but when it comes to a third movie being put into production it has been painfully slow.
Director D.J. Caruso began having talks with Paramount about the possibility of directing the third movie in January of 2015. It’s now January of 2017 and Caruso in an interview with the folks over at Collider gave us a bit of an insight as to what his vision for the third movie was going to be.
“Before I started this movie I had a couple meetings with Dwayne and the studio about what could happen with G.I. Joe. The franchise has been fairly successful, but there’s something about it that’s just not fully, fully clicking.”
Mr. Caruso then went on to say that his idea to help make G.I. Joe stand out for audiences was nothing less then having the Transformes and G.I. Joe cross paths.
“Well yeah but they’re not ready to do G.I. Joe meets Transformers yet. That’s exactly what they should do but they’re not ready to do that because in fact the script that I was developing, the two worlds sort of collided at the end and when they read it they were like, ‘We’re not ready to do this yet.’… They will eventually collide those two worlds and it’s probably when Mr. Bay decides he’s done with Transformers.”
What you can take away from Caruso’s interview is the idea is not dead, but most likely won’t happen so long as Michael Bay continues to come back and direct the Transformers movies.
“It came close but I think what the studio was trying to do was reassess it and so now they’re back to the drawing board, and we’ll be talking again about it. It’s a valuable franchise—[it’s] not that they didn’t get it right, they just wanna really get it right and see if they can push it to the next level.”
Mr. Caruso latest film sees Vin Diesel returning for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and once it has hit theaters will speak to Paramount about his status for G.I.Joe 3.