>> “Collateral” Writer Tackles GI Joe

duke.jpg“Collateral” screenwriter Stuart Beattie is strapping on his helmet for writing duties on “G.I. Joe,” a live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures.

Paramount is moving fast on the project, having last week signed “Mummy” director Stephen Sommers to shoot the movie. The studio hopes it will be ready for a summer 2009 release.

“Joe” will be based on the toy line launched in the 1980s, which also was tied to a comic book series and Saturday morning cartoon. It is the cartoon version that saw soldiers from all branches of the military fighting a terrorist group called Cobra, led by the Cobra Commander and featuring such villains as the Baroness and metal-faced arms dealer Destro.


The strike force featured such heroes as the mute ninja Snake Eyes and the heroine Scarlett, who were led by a Joe named Duke.

Beattie’s credits also include “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and the upcoming horror movie “30 Days of Night.”

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  1. SWEET! Another movie based on toys!

  2. He-Man and Thundercats are also coming soon. I draw the line when they make Tonka: The Movie or a live-action My Little Pony.

  3. I’m already thinking negatively about this, even though I really liked Collateral. Who has the rights to the He-Man and Thundercats titles?
    Considering Transformers went to Bay, and Sommers has GI Joe, then I’m guessing that Paul WS Anderson is getting He-Man or Thundercats, and some other guy that makes not good larger budget action films that I can’t recall right now is getting the other title.

  4. Voltron is coming from 20th Century Fox, Masters of the Universe and Thundercats are both at Warner Bros. I see McG on at least one of these.

  5. that would be awesome that during the moving it did like a flashback but instead of live action it would be either an anitimated flashback or like a Team America thing where you could see the strings and what not. I wouldn’t mind seeing what Sommers has up his sleeve for GI Joe.

  6. If WB didn’t have the rights to those I would’ve gone maybe with Brett Ratner, but Warner Bros owning the rights to these is pretty interesting. Who does Warner Bros like to work with? Do you think Tim Burton or Bryan Singer would want to do a He-Man or Thundercats film?

  7. I couldn’t see Burton or Singer on either one, honestly.

    I couldn’t give two diddley-poops about a Voltron movie.

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