Back in May of this year, it was reported that Paramount and Hasbro still have a new G.I. Joe movie in development revolving around the silent ninja Snake Eyes. It had a script in place written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty And The Beast), and it seems a director has now been found for the project. Robert Schwentke (RED) is reportedly in talks to direct the film.
Schwentke has also helmed the second and third instalments of the Divergent franchise, so he’s familiar with directing fare aimed mostly at a YA audience. His 2017 film The Captain also achieved critical acclaim.
Variety reports that both Paramount and Hasbro see this as a reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise rather than a spinoff of the existing one. This makes sense when you consider that Hasbro hasn’t put a lot of marketing behind their new toy versions of the character as they have in the past.
Perhaps that signals that they soon will, and will use the Snake Eyes movie as a jumping off point. The title character did have a small supporting role in the previous G.I. Joe films; he’s a commando with a penchant for wearing black and palling around with his pet wolf, Timber, while he has an archenemy named Storm Shadow.
Schwentke and Spiliotopoulos being on board doesn’t exactly make one scream with excitement, but it’s possible the Snake Eyes character revitalises a dormant franchise and becomes a box office hit. Who doesn’t love ninjas?