Beattie reporting for 'G.I. Joe' duty

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Stuart Beattie is strapping on his helmet for writing duties on "G.I. Joe," Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures.

The studio is moving fast on the project, having last week signed Stephen Sommers to direct the action movie. Paramount is prepping it as a prestrike movie and eyeing a summer 2009 release.

"Joe" will be based on the toy line relaunched 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.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hasbro's Brian Goldner are producing.

Beattie's credits include "Collateral," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and the upcoming "30 Days of Night."

Beattie is repped by CAA and attorney Joan Vento Hall.
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