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.