Stephen Sommers Not Directing G.I. Joe Sequel

Stephen Sommers will not be returning to direct the Untitled G.I. Joe Sequel (aka G.I. Joe 2). There have been no reasons given for the director’s exit.

It has been confirmed that two agents who represent other filmmakers have in fact been approached about their clients taking over the reigns of this franchise. Paramount has declined to comment on the possibility of a new helmer behind G.I. Joe 2, but both agents were told that Sommerswould not be stepping behind the camera for this installment.

While shooting G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Sommers came under much scrutiny from fans, and there were reports that he was having a difficult time seeing eye-to-eye with the studio. Those rumors were seemingly put to rest when it was announced early last year that he would be coming back for the sequel.

At this time, Stephen Sommers is prepping a Tarzan relaunch, but he does not have anything else on his plate. And he does not have any project that is ready or nearing a set start date. Zombielandscreenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are still attached to the Untitled G.I. Joe Sequel, and have been working on the script for more than a year.

Untitled G.I. Joe Sequel comes to theaters in 2012.

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