The toy company Hasbro has for years now been pushing for adaptations of some of their iconic toy lines for the big screen. “Transformers” was pretty good before it ground down (and was revitalized by the 2018 “Bumblebee” soft reboot). “G.I. Joe,” based on military-themed heroes fighting a terrorist group plotting world conquest, only lasted two films. It too is undergoing a renaissance by Paramount Pictures producing a spinoff origin movie of the Joe team’s mysterious ninja-trained commando, Snake Eyes. With Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) in the starring role, it is slated for release this coming October. But apparently it is currently undergoing reshoots.
Comic Book Resources tells us that “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” star Henry Golding has confirmed that the cast and crew have begun reshooting scenes for the film. Upon rumors of such reshoots surfacing this week, the actor took to his Instagram page to spell out what was happening, as well as relating the challenges of shooting a movie during the COVID-19 pandemic. This would be a universal experience for several productions that have braved the disease and safety regulations to keep filming. Golding did stress that everyone on set was tested (with negative results) and eager to finish reshooting.
Under the direction of Robert Schwentke, “Snake Eyes” will chronicle the story of the mysterious classified-info soldier, who would train with the Japanese ninja clan Arashikage, form a rivalry with the clan’s heir, the ninja Storm Shadow, and detail the circumstances that would force him to wear a mask and become the silent operator that he is famous for being. Golding notes that director Schwentke took inspiration from Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in the movie’s visuals, along with attention to cultural detail for artistic authenticity.
Henry Golding is joined in “Snake Eyes” by Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais, Peter Mensah, Ursula Corbero, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira and Steven Allerick. The film, originally pegged for March 2020, before moving to October that year, then this year, will release early for Paramount+ streaming, 45 days after its cinematic premiere October 22.
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