Paramount and Hasbro are developing a new G.I. Joe live-action movie spinoff. The G.I. Joe multimedia brand is one of Hasbro’s most popular and longest-running IPs, having already been adapted for everything from comic books to multiple animated TV series, and even a pair of live-action movies (released in 2009 and 2013). And while neither of the feature films were well-received critically, they earned enough at the global box office ($678 million combined) to keep Paramount and Hasbro coming back for more.
At the moment, the studios are pushing forward with a Snake Eyes solo film that has Robert Schwentke (RED, Allegiant) attached to direct and a tentative October 16, 2020 release date. According to a new report, however, they’re also developing a spinoff film that will feature a G.I. Joe character who has yet to make the leap to live-action (unlike Snake Eyes, who was played by Ray Park in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation).
According to THR, Paramount and Hasbro have set writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014) to work on an as-yet untitled G.I. Joe spinoff movie. The film will reportedly include Chuckles, a character who was introduced in the G.I. Joe action figures toyline and Marvel Comics in 1987, and is known for being an expert at infiltration and going undercover. However, the outlet warns this could change as the project takes shape.