Paramount Taps Writer for ‘G.I. Joe 3’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount Taps Writer 'G.I. Joe 3'

With the next installment in the “G.I. Joe” series set to bow in 2016, Paramount has now found the scribe who will pen the third entry in the popular franchise.

Jonathan Lemkin is set to write “G.I. Joe 3.” This marks the second deal Lemkin has closed for the studio as he is also set to pen “The Longest Night” for the studio, based on the GQ article, with Frank Marshall on board to direct.

Most of the cast, including Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki, are expected to return with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. It was initially thought that Jon Chu would return to direct, but as of now he’s not attached to the pic.

Plot details are vague right now but sources say this installment is expected to revolve around Johnson’s character Roadblock, who was introduced in the last installment and soon became a fan favorite.

The idea is to get the film into production by the second quarter of 2015 so that it can make the 2016 release date.

Paramount still views the franchise as a major priority after “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” brought in more than $370 million at the worldwide box office.

Lemkin has worked with di Bonaventura several times in the past. He previously adapted “Shooter,” starring Mark Wahlberg, and the two also worked together during di Bonaventura’s tenure at Warner Brothers, where Lemkin wrote “Devil’s Advocate” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”

Lemkin is repped by WME and Lichter Grossman.

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  1. james a murray says:

    Here are the secrets to a great GI Joe film #1:SNAKE EYES! 2)stick to source material of GI Joe universe! 3)pay attention to details: rank structure character personality & backgrounds ALL MATTER! 4)GI JOE DOES NOT need the Rock to be successful, no one really cares about Roadblocks character! Channing Tatum is not Duke. Take this opportunity to replace him as Duke with another actor! 5) VEHICLES!!! 6)DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPEAL TO EVERYONE! doesn’t sound logical? GI Joe has a fan base that spans generations…appeal to them and everything else will fall in place dissapoint us. The franchise will surely suffer needlessly. 7) have faith in GI JOE, the same thing that appealed to us will win over the audience that you seek to capture.

  2. Jason W says:

    I hope that they do a great job with the 3rd movie. I am a big G.I. Joe fan and really want an awesome movie. I like the Rock, but I’d be happy with less of him and more Joes. Like Chef Says, G.I. Joe is made up of many people and not just one character. Add more and put Stalker in as the leader. After all he takes over if Duke is not there.

  3. Chef says:

    This series has floated along on geek-assistance and star power. The movies have had their fun moments, but were both terribly disappointing and horribly reviewed by critics and fans alike. GI Joe is a team (army, marines, navy, coast guard, and air forces all teaming up… seperate, but equal) and not a one man focus. I love The Rock, but there should be a team focus with fun, quwerky characters (good and bad) with the film starting with them together, branching them out in interconnected stories, and then bringing them back together in the end. It needs to be more Lord of the Rings and less Mission Impossible to really work. New writer is a start, but a new director is a must. Jay Z referenes and Wu Tang members need not apply. Oh yeah, and killing off Duke just to get Channing Tatum screen time got them money, but just ruined the movie from the start.

  4. Robert Simpson says:

    You mean someone actually wrote the other two films???

  5. Fred says:

    Somebody needs to step and completely start this over. Include ray park as snake eyes. That has been the bets most consistent character. Leave Dwayne johnson out of this please.

  6. Armie Strong says:

    Sounds like another fantastic pairing that will advance the franchise further than the last G. I. Joe film and the last one did a lot of good.

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