By: John M Jerva
Update: I just found a video over at the official GI Joe Movie Twitter account which shows the cast and crew at the ceremony in Japan. Check it out below!
Ever since it was announced, I have been anxiously gobbling up any and all details regarding the Paramount Pictures GI Joe spin-off film Snake-Eyes. Being a fan of the Ninja Commando since the 80’s, I am truly excited for the film and with each announcement, the film is looking better and better.
The cast and crew recently assembled for a special start of production event ceremony which was held at the Hie-Jinja Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Those in attendance at the special event included Henry Golding as the titular character of Snake Eyes as well as Warrior’s Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow and international action sensation Iko Uwais as The Hard Master. Other cast members at the event included Haruka Abe, and Takehiro Hira. Ready Or Not’s Samara Weaving will play the role of Scarlett and Money Heist’s Ursula Corbero has signed up for the coveted role of Cobra agent The Baroness. Check out some exclusive pics from the function below courtesy of Zimbio.com!
From the above photos, one can see the official movie logo as well as the title which reads Snake-Eyes: GI JOE Origins which is a great new title for the project and sets it apart from the other two films as this is a reboot for the Hasbro property. Martial Arts star Ray Park (Accident Man) played the role of Snake in the first two movies. The last GI Joe film to hit cinemas was the 2013 GI JOE: Retaliation which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and although I enjoyed the film and the original, both movies received harsh reviews causing Paramount to go back to the drawing board. Both films did make bank at the box office though. There is another JOE assemble pic in development as well called GI JOE: Ever Vigilant but that film has taken a back seat right now to the Snake-Eyes solo outing.
A plot synopsis had dropped months back via The Hashtag Show which states that the movie will focus on “Snake-Eyes as a street fighter in Peru. Driven by the desire to avenge the death of his father, Snake Eyes is apparently a man on the move until he ends up in Japan, where he and his best friend, Tommy, aka Storm Shadow, will begin their training with the Arashikage Clan. The film will see at least 3 of the clan’s legendary masters as they train Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow as Hard Master, Soft Master and Blind Master are all set to appear. Also present at the Arashikage compound is the film’s female lead, Akita. In comic continuity, Junko Akita was an apprentice and lover of Storm Shadow; here she is the head of security and will be a love interest for Snake Eyes.
Of course if it’s a GI Joe movie, Cobra must somehow be present and in this instance their presence is made manifest in what appears to be a character created for the film: Kenta. Kenta is revealed to Storm Shadow’s brother who has long since left his family, the Arashikage, and joined with a rival ninja clan, the Kurayami. It is Kenta who attempts to lure Snake Eyes away from the Arashikage and into a terrorist plot being devised by Cobra. We won’t delve too deeply into spoiler territory here, but we can see what side of things Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow will take and this film certainly seems to set the stage for one of the great comic book rivalries.”
One person in attendance at the evnt was celebrated Donnie Yen stunt team member Kenji Tanigaki who is serving as the film’s action and stunt coordinator. Tanigaki really brings some action street cred to the production having worked with Donnie Yen for years on such classic pics as SPL, Flashpoint and most recently Yen’s Enter The Fat Dragon which will hit Chinese theaters this January. This certainly bodes well for the film’s highly anticipated sequences of Ninja fisticuffs and firepoer as Tanigaki is a master craftsman in the stunt field so I am excited beyond words.
The film had filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia before switching now to Tokyo and even though it is still in production, the pic is still slated to hit the multplexes this fall.
The film’s director Robert Schwentke was also at the along with executive producers Jeff Waxman and Erik Howsam.
We still have a wait for the film as it has just started production in Japan with a release date set for October 20th, 2020. Keep it locked and loaded right here for more 411 and hopefully some first footage from Snake-Eyes: GI Joe Origins!!!
Check out more pics from the ceremony in the gallery below!