Stephen Sommers has his niche. If you want a film that's straight-faced but goofy and filled with head-scratching creative decisions, he's your man. Although his filmography is littered with unwatchable disasters like Van Helsing, Sommers' aggressively silly style can be beneficial when teamed with the right material. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, for instance.
So it's good news that Sommers will be returning to the G.I. Joe franchise, directing a script from Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. I'm glad this is happening. The first G.I. Joe outing was tons of goofy, self aware fun...at least I hope it's self aware, because if it's not, then...um, whoa.
But I digress. I can't wait to see the further adventures of the stone-faced Duke as he takes on the awesomely hammy Cobra Commander (probably one of Joseph Gordon Levitt's finest moments, if I do say so myself). I want some more heat-seaking, exploding crossbow bolts. I want to see how Christopher Eccleston deals with chafing now that he's a meta man. I want to see Arnold Vosloo continue to pretend that he's President Jonathan Pryce.
More. I want more!
As long as the film remains unashamed of its hilarious/awesome stupidity (and Sommers realizes that therein lies the appeal of this series), I can see this being another successful outing. And this is from a guy who never played with the toys or watched the TV series or read the comics. What say you true fans?
(Via The Wrap)