Development on Paramount and Hasbro's upcoming Snake Eyes solo film has taken a major step forward, with Robert Schwentke signing on to direct the planned G.I. Joe spinoff.
Schwentke, who previously helmed the final two Divergent films with 2015's The Divergent Series: Insurgent and 2016's The Divergent Series: Allegiant, will direct from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman: Winter's War).
A spinoff focused on the silent, ninja member of the G.I. Joe team had been first greenlit by Paramount and Hasbro this past May. Previously, the character had been portrayed by martial arts actor Ray Park in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It is unclear if Park will reprise his role for the spinoff film or if it is set within the same continuity as the previous two films.
An instant fan-favorite character, Snake Eyes was created as part of the 1982 G.I. Joe relaunch and has appeared with the franchise ever since, often battling blood brother and fellow ninja Storm Shadow, who works for Cobra.
While Paramount had announced a release date for a new G.I. Joe film for March 2020, it is unknown if the solo Snake Eyes film will take this spot or if a third G.I. Joe film will be released as originally planned.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)