It’s unclear how well the next G.I. Joe film will do based on the lukewarm performance of its predecessors (Rise of Cobra and Retaliation), but Paramount Pictures seems to have a lot of faith left in the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is already developing an “expansion” to its origin film, Snake Eyes, which hasn’t yet been released to theaters.
“While details of the take are being kept on Cobra Island, the idea for the project is to build on Snake Eyes, making it not quite a sequel but rather an expansion to take audience goers deeper into the world of Joe,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.
With Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) in the titular role, Snake Eyes will trace the origins of one of the most popular and mysterious Joe members when it releases this October. The follow-up could revolve around another fan favorite, Storm Shadow, who Snake Eyes shares a close affinity with.
Paramount Pictures is also readying another live-action Transformers film for release on June 24, 2022. With Michael Bay long gone (and 2018’s Bumblebee being somewhat of a flop), the studio may try to recapture the franchise’s profitability by adapting Beast Wars. This is an animated spin-off from the nineties depicting the Maximals and Predacons – animal-based descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons.
“The studio is in development on two different projects: one by Murder Mystery scribe James Vanderbilt and the other by John Wick Chapter 3 EP and Army of the Dead scribe Joby Harold,” Deadline reported. “The Vanderbilt project, from what we’ve heard, is based on Transformers spinoff Beast Wars which are robots that transform into robotic animals like Cheetor (Cheetah), Optimus Primal (Gorilla), Rhinox (Rhinoceros) and more. The other is reportedly in the Bumblebee universe. It’s not definite yet which one will make it to production.”