G I Joe heads to the movies

Van Helsing director to head live-action movie based on Hasbro’s G I Joe line.
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Popular action character G I Joe is heading to the silver screen once again

Paramount Pictures has hired Stephen Sommers as director and Stuart Beattie as the script-writer for the feature which is planned to be released in summer 2009.

Production will begin in February and will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hasbro chief operating officer Brian Goldner with the assistance of Sommers’ business partner Bob Ducsay.

The film will be based on the Marvel Comic series of G I Joe from the 1980s in which 155 issues were produced. The animated TV series will also be consulted. Overall, 30 characters, good and evil, will be exploited.

“Marrying Steve’s vision with 25 years of this brand mythology feels like a great way to go forward,” Goldner said.

“My experience with beloved properties is that characters, attitude and tone are even more important than plot,” di Bonaventura added.

“Paramount showed a great deal of confidence in Stephen’s take and our ability as producers to get this up and running for a February start. His passion for the characters and the world convinced the studio this was something they couldn’t resist."

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