Beattie reporting for 'G.I. Joe' duty


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 (HR 8/24). Paramount is prepping it as a pre-strike movie and eyeing a summer 2009 release.

"Joe" will be based on the toy line launched 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 horror movie "30 Days of Night."

Beattie is repped by CAA and attorney Joan Vento Hall.