I have a confession to make; despite all the stupid dialogue and that Wayans guy nearly ruining it, I always liked GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I know; there’s lot’s of silly stuff in this movie that makes it – well, dumb, and stupid, but it’s still a guilty pleasure I turn to when it’s time for a simple-minded action and adventure film with some excellent science fiction touches
At its heart, Gi Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is a Spy-Fi movie that outdoes every James Bond movie ever. The way they bring down the Eiffel Tower, the sub-Sahara and sub-Arctic bases are classic tropes that have never previously gotten done so well. Also, the plethora of future-tech toys used by both sides are fantastic good fun: explosions enough for several films along with weapons of all kinds, shapes, and sizes micro-robots, the multitude of splendidly designed ships and vehicles, and those accelerator suits, to mention a few, are amusing ideas.
I thought the attempt at franchise building lost its way with the retooled sequel; where the first film was a toy-filled adventure, it seemed like a mistake deciding to make the second focused on the personality of its lead Dwayne Johnson to star in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, ended up losing the teamwork ensemble appeal of the core GI Joe narrative.
Now, there are reports that Paramount is forging ahead without Johnson and is rebooting the franchise once more as a Snake Eyes movie is currently in active development. The studio has set The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Beauty and the Beast (2017) co-writer Evan Spiliotopoulos to write the script for the Snake Eyes movie, which will revolve around the fan-favorite G.I. Joe character, who’s a deadly ninja. In G.I. Joe lore Snake Eyes never speaks, which should present a challenge for the writer to create a lead role without using dialogue.
Darth Maul himself Ray Park played the role of Snake Eyes in the previous two G.I. Joe movies, but it’s more likely the studio sets a name actor to fill the part in this redo. Paramount has been working with Hasbro to figure out a way to revive this lucrative property, perhaps as part of a cinematic universe with other popular properties like Micronauts and Rom. Indeed, earlier this year the studio set Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray to spearhead a M.A.S.K. movie.
There’s no news yet on a synopsis, production or release dates for the upcoming film.