Last Friday, we passed along the news that Stephen Sommers had been confirmed to direct G.I. Joe. The report was an official affirmation of what the gang at IESB had already spoiled, and yesterday, another of the site’s Joe rumors became reality.
We’re talking specifically about a report in Variety confirming that Paramount has hired Collateral and 30 Days of Night screenwriter Stuart Beattie to pen the script for G.I. Joe, officially scuttling earlier versions by Paul Lovett & David Elliot and Skip Woods. The report doesn’t mention a timeline for the new script, but that trusty old IESB report claimed Beattie would be delivering something in six to eight weeks, and they seem to have earned our trust as far as G.I. Joe is concerned.
A rough outline of the plot, in case you’ve forgotten, courtesy of the Variety article:
Story is set at Brussels-based G.I.J.O.E., an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer.
Yep. “Double-crossing Scottish arms dealer” still makes us laugh.