Yo, Joe, you got more fight in you, you know? And knowing, as they say, is half the battle. The G.I. Joe franchise may not have transferred to screen as smoothly as Hasbro’s other popular boy-centric toy line, Transformers, but it is still kicking after 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, with one spinoff in the works for next year centered on the character of Snake Eyes. Now The Hollywood Reporter revealed late Friday that Paramount Pictures is developing a second mysterious G.I. Joe spinoff.
What is currently known about the project is that Paramount has tapped Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to write a screenplay for the new picture. The pair have a friendly history working on franchises for Paramount, having previously contributed to the script for 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Nation. More recently, however, they wrote both 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and 2016’s Out of the Shadows sequel. They’re also attached to the 2020 Snake Eyes spinoff, which is working under the current title of G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant. And while the central character of this second spinoff is unknown, the G.I. Joe character Chuckles is reportedly attached.
Chuckles first appeared in Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe #60 in 1987 after appearing in the Hasbro toy line the same year. I know him best though as the guy in the Hawaiian shirts (which are making a comeback in 2019, but that’s neither here nor there).
This points to Paramount and Hasbro being keen on continuing to develop a shared universe around the G.I. Joe brand. While it is unclear if it is set in the same continuity as their previous 2009 and 2013 movies, both of which featured Ray Park as Snake Eyes, the fact remains it’s a popular intellectual property that is quite literally based off of Marvel Comics’ SHIELD. In the modern day and age of constant superhero movies, it’s understandable to return to the well and try to get it right. The last two movies, which are not viewed as great movies or great hits by any means, still made over $675 million worldwide between them. Imagine if they got it right?
The Snake Eyes movie is, meanwhile, slated for release on Oct. 16, 2020.
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