Sitting down for an interview with Collider, director D.J. Caruso explained his vision for G. I. Joe 3 since leaving the project to film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. His vision included… Transformers.
“Before I started this movie I had a couple meetings with Dwayne and the studio about what could happen with G.I. Joe. The franchise has been fairly successful, but there’s something about it that’s just not fully, fully clicking.
Well yeah but they’re not ready to do [G.I. Joe meets Transformers] yet. That’s exactly what they should do but they’re not ready to do that because in fact the script that I was developing, the two worlds sort of collided at the end and when they read it they were like, ‘We’re not ready to do this yet.’… They will eventually collide those two worlds and it’s probably when Mr. Bay decides he’s done with Transformers.”
Despite the quietness, it’s clear that Hasbro and Paramount still care so much for the G. I. Joe franchise:
“It came close but I think what the studio was trying to do was reassess it and so now they’re back to the drawing board, and we’ll be talking again about it. It’s a valuable franchise—[it’s] not that they didn’t get it right, they just wanna really get it right and see if they can push it to the next level.”
Now that the sequel to xXx is nearly done, the director is set to enter discussion regarding his involvement with G. I. Joe 3.