Yo Joe!, if you grew up in the early 80s and even the early 90s you can remember walking into every toy store or whatever store of your choice was at the time you couldn’t escape G.I. Joe: The Real American Heroes.” I remember watching the cartoons, and even collecting the action figures and remembering how fun it was to play with those actions figures. My favorite G.I. Joe action figure that I always wanted, but could never find was Snake Eyes, and at the time when I was little I was obsessed with ninjas to the point where I was just watching anything with ninjas.
Fast-forward to today we have two live action movies, and it was announced last year that we are getting a Snake Eyes movie. But there really wasn’t any news coming out since then until now. joblo.com reported today that the G.I. Joe Spinoff Snake Eyes begins filming in Japan today!
Paramount Pictures dropped the news that production had officially kicked off in Tokyo, Japan. The news came courtesy of the film’s official Twitter page which included this amazing photo of the entire cast receiving a traditional blessing at a Hie-Jinja shrin.
Snake Eyes also has a release date that will be hitting theaters this year. While Ray Park previously portrayed the armored, sword wielding, martial arts expert in the previous films, that will not be the case for SNAKE EYES. Instead the role will be portrayed by rising star Henry Golding (CRAZY RICH ASIANS). Virtually nothing is known about the film at this time other than that the movie will serve as an origin story for Snake Eyes. Considering his past is shrouded in mystery, this is virgin territory for the character. Hopefully screenwriter Evan Spilliotopoulos has crafted a unique and engaging story.
SNAKE EYES stars Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais, Ursula Cobero, and Samara Weaving and is set to cut its way into theaters October 16, 2020. Considering the film debuts in just over nine months and filming has only now officially begun, I wouldn’t be surprised if director Robert Schwentke’s project gets pushed back. However, if they move with the precision and efficiency of the title character, perhaps they could make it.
So what say you guys? Are you excited for a SNAKE EYES film? Were you a fan of G.I. Joe as a kid? Sound off in the comments below!