42 Screens: GI JOE 2 finds director

Jon Chu has been chosen to direct G.I. Joe 2 Chu, who was the director of Step Up 2: The Streets and Step-Up 3-D, beat out Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra.  Reports say he was chosen when his documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, brought in $51 million in only 16 days.

The one thing I felt was missing from the last Joe movie was the power of the punch. You want Joe to be tough. They are fun, but they are tough. I feel that you don’t want to make Joe too kidsie. Chu

Also:

[G.I.] Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero. For me, it is about the fun stuff like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and all the gadgets. All of that stuff. But it has heart. Its heart is what America, and what heroes and leaders around the world, strive to be. I think that is what the brand needs. It needs the respect to be treated in that way. – Chu

The script is by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Chu is trying to get the actors to return,

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