Could Channing Tatum Return For 'G.I. Joe 3'?

Director Jon Chu promises MTV News that fans can expect 'lots of fun surprises' in the next installment of the franchise.

"G.I. Joe" fans should expect the unexpected when the high-octane franchise returns to the big screen.

Director Jon Chu is back to helm the threequel, which is being written by "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Divergent" scribe Evan Daugherty. Together, the duo is currently hard at work crafting a new story filled with "lots of fun surprises."

Chu told MTV News that he is "taking it to another level with this one," though it's too early in the process to offer up any spoilers. He did, however, promise that "it's gonna be a really fun movie. We're taking it in a whole new direction."

"G.I. Joe 3" will feature a mix of old favorites and "exciting" newcomers, Chu said. [Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."] But could Channing Tatum return to the series? Though his character Duke died in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," some fans were reluctant to believe that he was really gone.

"You never know," Chu teased. "Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who's coming back and who's not."

Let's not rule out the possibility of a time jump, either.

Mum's the word on which new characters are expected to feature in the third film, but Chu revealed that they are "exciting ones that I know the fans will love, and people that I've always wanted to work with."