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So when word emerged of the new “Jem and the Holograms” film being developed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu (among others), some Joe fans perked up their ears.  Isn’t the third G.I. Joe film underway?  What’s up with that?

Well, Chu had a conversation with good friend of GeneralsJoes Brian Truitt from USA Today, and made some startling revelations that fell under the radar a bit (until /Film picked up on them).

According to Chu, The G.I. Joe 3 script is still getting finalized, so he was able to fit Jem into his schedule.  But that does beg the question, with the length of time it takes to make a film, how “little” a window of time will this be, and how far does it push back the third Joe film?

Already some fans are calling the move catastrophic and saying it’s a clear sign that there is no faith in the third Joe film.  I will be taking a more measured approach myself.  You can check out the Twitter conversation with Brian Truitt below, and I am reaching out to Mr. Chu myself for some hopeful clarification.  I’ll pass on whatever I can get.