Well, only 24 hours after that nutty George Clooney rumor, it seems Paramount is targeting another actor to lead the live-action G.I. Joe project: Sam Worthington. While he's not a big time A-list name, Worthington is also starring in James Cameron's Avatar, so between that film and this one, he could be eying a spot on the Hot Up-and-Comers List. Variety doesn't say which character Worthington is in talks for, only that he is in talks to star, but they do say that the studio is doing their best to work around his Avatar shooting schedule -- and so, to me, that appears to be the only sticking point. G.I. Joe will begin production on February 13; it will be directed by Stephen Sommers, off a script written by Skip Woods and Stuart Beattie.
The Variety article also goes into much detail regarding the other projects rushing to finalize scripts and production schedules. At Paramount, there's G.I. Joe, another Friday the 13th,Morning Glory and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). Fox is set to go on Wolverine (with rewrites coming from James Vanderbilt and Scott Silver up until the final minute before a potential strike), as well as The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, starring Keanu Reeves, which currently has a December 18, 2008 release date. The article continues to run through each studio, naming the films gearing up for winter or spring production, so head on over there to get a taste of the most buzzed-about pics heading our way in 2008 and 2009.