With the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee set to hit theatres next week, Paramount is starting to get serious about producing a spin-off from their G.I. Joe movie franchise as well. Back in May, it was being reported that they were setting up a Snake Eyes solo movie, focusing on the mysterious ninja who doesn’t speak and never shows his face. (Is it ironic that Paramount is choosing to make solo movies about two characters who don’t talk?) Now this month they have chosen a director for the project but it sounds like they will be looking for a new actor to take on the lead role. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Variety, Robert Schwentke (RED, R.I.P.D.) will direct Snake Eyes for Paramount Pictures. Although he recently directed the Divergent sequels Insurgent and Allegiant, his latest film was a WWII thriller called The Captain that seems to have earned solid reviews. The script for Snake Eyes was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman: Winter’s War).
The character was played by Ray Park in the previous G.I. Joe films, but /Film is reporting that he won’t reprise the role in this movie. Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura explained that it will be an origin story requiring a younger actor since the audience will actually see his face this time. We can probably assume that Storm Shadow will also make an appearance and that Byung-Hun Lee won’t be involved either. Are you looking forward to a Snake Eyes solo movie?