Despite one of them starring The Rock, the two G.I. Joe movies of the past decade didn’t leave much of an impact on pop culture — especially considering how iconic the property is. But the toy line will soon get another chance to become a blockbuster movie franchise, as Hasbro and Paramount are pursuing a new reboot as well as a separate spinoff.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new “ensemble” G.I. Joe film is being written by Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Very little is confirmed about the film, with the only detail being revealed so far is the inclusion of the character Chuckles. Chuckles has yet to appear on the big screen, but it looks like he could be the main focus of this new film. The Hawaiian shirt-wearing undercover specialist seems like an odd fit to lead a movie, but he could take the franchise in a fun new direction.
The studios are also moving forward on a spinoff starring the ever-popular ninja Snake Eyes, and they may have found their lead. According to a new report, also from THR, Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding has landed the title role in Snake Eyes. Ray Park previously portrayed the character in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation., while Lee Byung-hun portrayed his evil blood brother, Storm Shadow. Snake Eyes is an even more interesting choice to lead a film than Chuckles since the character doesn’t talk, though it’s possible they may change that aspect about him for the new movie — either that or we’re in for a highly unusual and very quiet blockbuster action film.
While there’s no release date yet for the Chuckles film, Snake Eyes has started production and will sneak into theaters on Oct. 16, 2020.