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We hadn’t heard a whole lot of buzz about the supposedly upcoming sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but today, the Hollywood Reporter sheds at least a little bit of light.
They report that indeed, the sequel is moving forward as planned with a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and that Lee Byung-hun is set to reprise his role as Storm Shadow.  None of this is especially interesting…these facts were reported quite a while ago.  The interesting part is the following line, directly from Hollywood Reporter:

“Lee will head to the U.S. to begin shooting in June, with the film slated to open in the summer of 2012.”

I don’t believe we’d heard a concrete shooting date of June mentioned before.  I know they’d talked about a summer 2012 release, but I honestly thought that was a little ambitious.  I still think it’s a little ambitious.  Still no director, still no word about Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Ecclestein, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, or most importantly (in my mind), Joseph Gordon-Leavitt.  I think most of these folks signed contracts for a multi-film deal, but given Leavitt’s recent critical and financial success with Inception, it would be interesting to see how he reacts to being thrust back into potential B-Movie cheese.
Looks like the next 18 months are going to be an interesting roller coaster ride as usual.  Being a Joe fan is never boring.