"G.I. Joe" film series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says that the upcoming third film in the "G.I. Joe" franchise will be the first to really get it all right. He tells Collider:
"The hardest thing in film, I think, is to reduce something to something simple. You want it to be smart, you want it to have all this complexity, you want to do all these things which sometimes makes it all so confusing. How do you boil something down until you have sort of an essential construct that the audience can connect to, understand, and then we're allowed to go crazy with it This time we have a very clear, very defined, tight idea that I wish I had on every sequel I've ever worked on. Simple's the hardest to get to."
di Bonaventura confirmed that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would be returning for the third entry. Who else would be back or joining him for the first time is still undecided at this point, but it sounds like they hope to get some of the regulars to return:
"We are trying to get going, starting early next year...I think it'll be a little later than [January]. I think February or March is probably more realistic. We were originally shooting for January and I think it's slid a little bit, but you never know. It's still a little too early to tell yet."
"It's interesting, it's sort of an open possibility right now who could be in it outside of Dwayne Johnson, he has to be in it. The last movie was really the set up, in a way, for Roadblock to take over. Dwayne Johnson came aboard a little late last time so we weren't able to do everything I think we can do this time, and really get a story that services what the audience expects out of him, and also as an actor pushes him into areas that you wouldn't normally explore in a big franchise movie perhaps. We have not talked about any other cast or anything, because we really need a story to be completely signed off by everybody."
di Bonaventura says negotiations are currently under way with an unnamed screenwriter and are close to being finalized:
"We're just starting [to talk to directors]. We're negotiating with a writer right now, and once we close that deal—which should be any moment—then we'll have a story locked down. I'm really excited about it. We are trying to get going, starting early next year... I think it'll be a little later than [January]. I think February or March is probably more realistic. We were originally shooting for January and I think it's slid a little bit, but you never know."