Barring a monumental collapse at the box office by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paramount will be turning G.I. Joe into a franchise joining already hot properties Star Trek and Transformers.
The LA Times broke the news casually in an article discussing Rise of Cobra’s box office obstacles.
“Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said development on a G.I. Joe sequel would begin soon,” they printed. “Most of the film’s principal cast is contractually obligated to return, though director Stephen Sommers is not.”
Rise of Cobra, as its name implies, is a setup for the ongoing battle between G.I. Joe and Cobra, an evil terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Cobra and its leadership regime are not fully established until the film’s closing act leaving the door open for a more recognizable face of evil in G.I. Joe 2.
Sommers has already indicated he is keen on returning in multiple interviews so the ball would appear to be in Paramount’s court as to whether they want to stick with familiarity or try something new.