Deadline reports that Snake Eyes, the upcoming G.I. Joe Spinoff (which is now titled G.I. Joe: Origins), is set to begin filming in Japan with a traditional blessing at the Hie- Jinja shrine. The movie is set to star Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding and Warrior’s Andrew Koji as our titular character and Storm Shadow, respectively.
I’ve had my eye on this movie for a while, given my affinity for the previous two films. I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’ve had some mixed feelings about getting rid of Ray Park and By Lee Byung-hun. However, I’m glad that the franchise is getting a new beginning courtesy of a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Red director Rob Schwentke. In addition, I love the fact that the film is being shot in Japan, thus giving the audience another cinematic snapshot of the Land of the Rising Sun, following The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift and The Wolverine. Those may be odd examples to use, but I’ve always been fascinated with modern-day depictions of Japan from big-budget Hollywood films. As such, I’m really curious to see how the country is done justice in this film. All that being said, my only concern is with the aforementioned subtitle. We’ve seen similar things happen with both Star Wars and X-Men Origins. In both cases (save for Rogue One,) the respective series faltered with this kind of branding, so here’s hoping that the Joes don’t suffer the same fate.
Are you excited filming has begun, or do you think that this franchise has gone on one mission too many? Are you ready for the plethora of spinoffs that are sure to follow when the film succeeds? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more movie news!