The Hollywood Reporter has announced that beloved GI Joe character, Snake Eyes, will be getting his own stand alone movie. Paramount is looking to reboot the GI Joe franchise after a couple of luke-warm releases over the past several years.
Snake Eyes first appeared in GI Joe A real American Hero #1 in comic form, but the toy story is actually very interested. In a means to cut the production cost for GI Joe’s 3 3/4 inch toy line, Snake Eyes was made as an all black ninja-like figure so the toy wouldn’t have to be painted, saving money on the initial release. Snake Eyes’ protagonist, Storm Shadow, would make his appearance in GI Joe A real American Hero #21. Snake Eyes’ origin was told in GI Joe A real American Hero #26.
Paramount Pictures has thrown a Joe spinoff movie featuring the commando into development, with Evan Spiliotopoulos, the writer of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter’s War, in talks to pen the script.
Brian Goldner is among those producing the feature based on the Hasbro toyline.
Snake Eyes is the silent ninja commando that first appeared in the 1980s as part of Hasbro and Marvel Comics’ relaunch of the toyline, dubbed G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
The character, who dresses in all black, never reveals his face and never speaks, stood out among the military anti-terrorist group and quickly established himself as the most popular. He had a special relationship with Scarlett, for a while the team’s only female member, and sometimes carried out solo missions with his pet wolf, Timber. His archenemy is Storm Shadow, a ninja who is also his blood brother.
Paramount has made two Joe movies, 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I Joe: Retaliation, with acrobatic actor Ray Park playing Snake Eyes in both.
The studio and Hasbro have been looking to reboot the franchise and in the last few years have assembled writers rooms to generate movie ideas.