RED director Robert Schwentke has been picked by Paramount to direct Snake Eyes, a GI Joe spinoff film featuring the fan favorite silent ninja special forces operative.
Snake Eyes was first announced last May.
Set for a March 27, 2020 release, the film is the first to come out of a writers room that Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, the toy manufacturers who make the GI Joe toy line, that was charged with developing a cinematic universe based on the various Hasbro properties. Akiva Goldsman oversaw a group of screenwriters developing various projects based on GI Joe as well as other toy lines such as Micronauts, Visionaries, Rom and M.A.S.K..
Beauty And The Beast scripter Evan Spiliotopoulos has already turned in a first draft screenplay, which will center on Snake Eyes’s origins as part of the fictional Arashikage ninja clan in Japan. Ray Park played the part of Snake Eyes in the two previous GI Joe films – The Rise Of Cobra (2009) and Retaliation (2013). It is not known if this new film will continue the continuity of the previous two entries in the franchise or wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Although neither previous GI Joe film did well with critics, they both did well enough at the box office for the studio to have an interest in keeping the franchise going.