Snake-Eyes goes Hollywood in planned G.I. Joe spinoff movie
Hasbro have announced a planned spinoff movie from their G.I. Joe film franchise, starring the highly trained special mission force’s fan favorite ninja-commando, Snake-Eyes.
The black-clad breakout character, who never speaks or reveals his face, has appeared in every iteration of G.I. Joe since the Real American Hero franchise was revived with the Devil’s Due Publishing comics in 2001. The character was played beneath the mask by martial artist Ray Park, who previously played Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, in 2009’s The Rise of Cobra and its soft-reboot, 2013’s Retaliation. While Retaliation was considered the inferior product by critics, it was widely preferred by the G.I. Joe fanbase, who appreciated its increased fidelity to the acclaimed Larry Hama G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics and its portrayal of the relationship between Snake-Eyes and his white-clad opposite number, the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow.
It’s still unclear whether the upcoming G.I. Joe film will be a continuation of the universe established in the previous films; though recently-released rumors indicated that the film would be a sequel named G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant and have Dwayne Johnson reprise his role as G.I. Joe heavy weapons operator Roadblock, Johnson’s already-full schedule for the next few years – coupled with the fact that it will have been 7 years since Retaliation by the time of its release – cast some doubts on the reports.
While the news will doubtless enthuse fans of the franchise – which has been lying fallow in recent years, with no toys presently on shells and their official collectors’ club and convention soon to come to an end – the decision to move forwards on a spinoff film before even releasing any plot details on the G.I. Joe movie proper may seem questionable to some, drawing parallels with Warner Bros. Pictures’ divisive DC Extended Universe and Universal Pictures’ disastrous Dark Universe, which has an uncertain future after 2017’s reboot of The Mummy flopped. Indeed, the film is only the latest to be announced in a planned “Hasbro Cinematic Universe”, also intended to contain new film versions of the Micronauts (they came from inner space!), Rom the Space Knight (the one the Wraiths fear above all others!), and M.A.S.K. (masked crusaders, working overtime, fighting crime!).
Evan Spiliotopoulos – responsible for Disney’s live action reboot of Beauty and the Beast and fairytale spinoff The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and currently planned to write the sequel to Netflix’s Bright – is currently in talks to write the film’s script, as well as that of the third G.I. Joe movie.
What do you think of this news? Is it a good idea, or will it end up dead in the water like a Cobra Eel meeting Snake Eyes? Share your views in our G.I. Joe thread or our Hasbro film discussion thread; or join the conversation on our Discord server!