UPDATE: Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura recently spoke to SLASH FILM and revealed that Ray Park (G.I. Joe, Accident Man) will not be returning as ‘Snake Eyes’ stating it is “because we are going to the origin story. As you know in the comic book, you saw his face. And it is, I’ll say, the formation of a hero. So you’ve got to see somebody and it can’t be Ray’s age, unfortunately.”
Park at 44 years old is still physically fit, but is unfortunately not ideal for a younger ‘Snake Eyes’ in an origin story.
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UPDATE: Paramount has their eyes on director Robert Schwentke (The Captain), who is in final talks to helm Snake Eyes. Schwentke is best known for launching the action franchise ‘Red’ starring ‘G.I. Joe’ alum Bruce Willis, the sci-fi actioner ‘R.I.P.D.’, and the second and third installment of the ‘Divergence’ series, ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Allegiant’.
With recent news that a third installment of Hasbros’ ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise is on the way, Paramount Pictures is looking to expand the universe with a spin-off film featuring the fan-favorite ninja commando SNAKE EYES.
Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) is set to pen the script with Brian Goldner producing.
For those unfamiliar with the character, ‘Snake Eyes’ is a silent ninja who is an original member of the G.I. Joe Team, and is most known for his relationships with ‘Scarlett’ and his arch-nemesis ‘Storm Shadow’ played by Korean superstar Byung Hun Lee in the first two films.
There is no annoucement yet on weather or not martial arts star RAY PARK (Accident Man) will return as ‘Snake Eyes’.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter