G.I. JOE’s SNAKE EYES Spin-Off Now Has A Director

The masked assassin is headed our way from the director of DIVERGENT and R.I.P.D.

All the way back in May, the world learned that beloved G.I. Joe character Snake Eyes was getting his very own spin-off movie, and I learned that people get extremely mad if you dismissively refer to Snake Eyes as "beloved G.I. Joe character Snake Eyes", a regrettable error I hope to avoid in this post.

Anyway, we haven't heard much on the Snake Eyes front in the months since, but last night an update arrived: Robert Schwentke, director of the Divergent films, R.I.P.D. (holy shit, remember that one?), and RED, is now in talks to direct the film for Paramount. As previously reported, the Snake Eyes script has been written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who also delivered scripts for last year's Beauty and The Beast and 2016's The Huntsman: Winter's War.

There's no word on what the Snake Eyes movie might be about, but The Hollywood Reporter has a quick refresher for anyone who's not immediately familiar with the character:

"[Snake Eyes] 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 sworn enemy is Storm Shadow, a ninja who is also his blood brother."

Last we heard, Paramount and Hasbro were hoping to launch a cinematic universe based on the latter's various toy franchises (other properties include Transformers, Rom: Space Knight and M.A.S.K.). Been a long time since we heard anything on that front, either. As of this writing, there's nothing to suggest that Snake Eyes will connect to anything other than the G.I. Joe films, the last installment of which arrived back in 2013. There is also no indication who might star in Snake Eyes, or when it might arrive.

Nothing further to report at this time, but stay tuned for more on this one as further updates become available.