'G.I. Joe' Spin-off to Focus on Snake Eyes; Here's Everything We Know

'G.I. Joe' Spin-off to Focus on Snake Eyes; Here's Everything We Know

May 11, 2018

While this year will see the first Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, hit theaters, another Hasbro-based movie series is set for its own offshoot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is working on a Snake Eyes movie focused on the popular "Real American Hero" character from the military G.I. Joe brand.

Previously, the action figure and cartoon property inspired two feature films, 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Hasbro is still interested in creating its own cinematic universe, and this will presumably be a part of that wider franchise, which will also involve Transformers, Rom, M.A.S.K. and more.

Here's everything we know about the spin-off movie so far:

Who is Snake Eyes?

One of the original characters introduced in the 1980s version of the G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes is a ninja who never removes his mask and never speaks. Everything about his identity is a secret. He's skilled in a dozen forms of martial arts combat, has a pet wolf named Timber, and he was played by stunt performer Ray Park in the other movies. 

What was his story in the two previous movies? 

In The Rise of Cobra, we saw Snake Eyes' origin, including his being orphaned as a child, the set up of Storm Shadow as his adoptive brother and archnemesis, his taking a vow of silence and eventually joining the Joes. The second movie had Storm Shadow, who'd become a member of the villainous Cobra team being vindicated then allied with Snake Eyes. 

Will the spin-off movie connect to that arc?

Probably not, as we've long heard that Paramount and Hasbro are rebooting the G.I. Joe series, reportedly with a more kid-friendly tone. Will the Snake Eyes movie also target a younger audience? Will the spin-off come before the regular series? These are big questions. But the latter could happen if they start with a fresh origin story, maybe this time making Storm Shadow his blood brother. 

Who is writing the movie? 

Evan Spiliotopoulos, a Disney vet who worked on the scripts for Pooh's Heffalump and a Little Mermaid sequel before dipping into live-action with the Dwayne Johnson Hercules, the fairy tale spin-off sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War and Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake, is now set to pen the Snake Eyes movie screenplay.

Is there a director on board?

No director has been hired yet, but hopefully Paramount and Hasbro will pick someone with a martial arts movie background. 

Who will play Snake Eyes? 

That too is unknown, but considering the actor won't need to speak or show his face, it could be anyone and not some expensive movie star, preferably another skilled stunt performer like Ray Park. 

When will the Snake Eyes spin-off hit theaters? 

This is also very much TBD. First, they need a script from Spiliotopoulos. 

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