G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Movie Gets Henry Golding as Star


A Snake Eyes solo movie is the most exciting G.I. Joe movie news we've heard in quite some time.

The G.I. Joe franchise hasn’t had it easy on the big screen. The 2009 movie was, frankly, awful. But 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation was tremendous fun, enhanced by Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, a Bruce Willis performance where he almost looks like he wants to be there for a few minutes, and an absolutely brilliant multi-colored ninjas-on-a-mountainside stunt fight that showcased Snake Eyes in all his glory. That alone is worth the price of admission.

But despite that, G.I. Joe 3 is taking its time getting off the ground. In the meantime, Paramount isn’t about to sleep on this franchise, though, as they’ve just put a G.I. Joe spinoff movie focusing on Snake Eyes into development. Yes, the dreams of every ’80s kid will be fulfilled when we actually get a Snake Eyes movie.

Robert Schwentke will direct the G.I. Joe Snake Eyes spinoff movie, as first reported by Variety. He will work off a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the BeastThe Huntsman: Winter’s War), who was tapped back in May. Schwentke comes to the table with experience from two entries in the Divergent YA film franchise, Insurgent and Allegiant, Bruce Willis-headlined, sequel-spawning hit actioner RED, TV-reboot-bound sci-fi romance movie The Time Traveler’s Wife, and, perhaps notoriously, R.I.P.D., the flopped Ryan Reynolds/Jeff Bridges Men in Black-esque afterlife buddy cop actioner. His last effort was 2017 WWII drama The Captain.

As for the man of few words under the black mask? According to THR, that’s Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding! Something tells us they won’t hide Golding under a mask and burn makeup for the entire movie. Don’t be surprised if this is a Snake Eyes origin story, allowing the actor to, you know, actually show his face.

Snake Eyes Movie Release Date

The untitled Snake Eyes G.I. Joe spinoff movie is now scheduled to fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble on October 16, 2020.

Snake Eyes Movie Story

Let’s think about the ways this movie could go. We could get a detailed Snake Eyes origin movie, one that also ties in plenty of Storm Shadow for good measure. Or it could just focus on an already established Snake Eyes and maintain the mysterious awesomeness of the character. The question is, how much will the studio gamble on a lead character who never speaks?

But surely everyone will be happy if the climax of the movie ends up being a tribute to “Silent Interlude,” which was a story by Larry Hama from the vastly underrated G.I. Joe Marvel Comics series of the 1980s; a title designed to flesh out the story of Hasbro Toys’ 3 3/4″ relaunch of the iconic military line. A good chunk of Snake Eyes’ mystique began right there, in a comic story told entirely without dialogue, as Snake Eyes mounts a single badass assault on Destro’s castle. Make this happen, Paramount!

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

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Aug 14, 2019

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