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Stuart Beattie to report for ‘G.I.’ duty’

Collateral' scribe to write 'Joe' for Paramount

Paramount Pictures has tapped scribe Stuart Beattie to bring Hasbro’s toy soldier G.I. Joe to the bigscreen.

Studio has fast-tracked the Stephen Sommers-helmed “G.I. Joe” in the wake of the success of Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Transformers,” which is also based on a Hasbro toy line.

Paul Lovett & David Elliot and Skip Woods are among the writers who penned earlier drafts of the long-gestating project.

Pre-production is expected to begin in the fall, with the studio eyeing a February production start and a summer 2009 bow.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers”) will produce alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner. Sommers and partner Bob Ducsay are also aboard in a producing capacity.

Story is set at Brussels-based G.I.J.O.E., an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer.

Beattie’s credits include “Collateral” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.

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