G.I. Joe is a military science fiction action film series, based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy, comic, and media franchises.
Development for the first film began in 2003, but when the United States launched the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Hasbro suggested adapting the Transformers instead. In 2009, the first film was released under the title, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. A second film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was released in 2013. A third film, G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant has been confirmed to be in development, with a spin-off film centred around Snake Eyes to be released in 2021, titled Snake Eyes.
A crossover with the Transformers franchise is being developed, with the G.I. Joe films intended to be connected to other Hasbro films in a shared cinematic universe.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
The story follows two American soldiers, Duke and Ripcord, who join the G.I. Joe Team after being attacked by Military Armaments Research Syndicate (M.A.R.S.) troops.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
In the film, with Cobra operative Zartan still impersonating the President of the United States, the terrorist organization is able to frame the Joes as traitors, and have them nearly annihilated in an airstrike. Cobra Commander places the world leaders under Cobra’s control, and gains access to their advanced warheads. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving Joes form a plan with the original G.I. Joe, General Joseph Colton, to overthrow the Cobra Commander and his allies.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)
The film serves as an origin story of the character Snake Eyes.
G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant (TBA)
Starting in April 2013, reports surfaced that there will be a third G.I. Joe film, and that it would potentially be in 3D. The studio initially announced that Chu would return to direct the third film, though the filmmaker would leave the project in favour of directing Jem and the Holograms for the studio instead. Producer di Bonaventura stated that he hoped Johnson and Willis would return, and that they plan to add a third important role. By September of the same year, Evan Daugherty was hired to act as screenwriter on the project.
Originally scheduled for a 2016 release date, the film was delayed as di Bonaventura revealed that the studio was in search of a new director. By July 2014, Variety reported that Jonathan Lemkin signed on as writer for the film, with a plot that will focus on Roadblock, while Johnson would return as star. The film will reportedly feature M.A.S.K. character Matt Trakker, and the villainous twins Tomax Paoli and Xamot Paoli. In April 2015, the studio reportedly hired D.J. Caruso as director, and Aaron Berg to work on the script. In May 2017, Dwayne Johnson stated that if the opportunity arises he would appear in any future G.I. Joe film, and that he hopes to be a part of the franchise expansion as well.
In May 2018, That Hashtag Show reported that the film would be titled G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, with Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec signed on as co-screenwriters. The studio is reportedly pursuing Johnson to reprise his role for the third film, to lead a new team of Joes. The team is said to feature Daina Janack, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Wild Bill, Barbecue, General Flagg, Doc and Keel-Haul. The main antagonists will be Tomax and Xamot, who seek to launch a dark matter WMD that will turn their targets to dust. The movie will also feature a smaller role for Cobra Commander. The film was originally scheduled to be released on 27 March 2020, until Snake Eyes took precedence and was given that release date. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the intended 23 October 2020 release of Snake Eyes was delayed, while the current release date of Ever Vigilant is unknown.
Other Projects in Development
In August 2019, Paramount announced another film that would feature Chuckles as a primary character. After their work on G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant was completed, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec were hired to co-write the script.
In May 2020, a followup film to Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins was announced to be in development, with a script co-written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Henry Golding will reprise his role as Snake Eyes. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will return as producer, while the project will be a joint-venture production between Paramount Pictures, MGM Studios, Allspark Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures.
In November 2015, Paramount Pictures announced that the G.I. Joe series would feature further installments in the future with Akiva Goldsman creating a writer’s room. On 15 December 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that both Hasbro and Paramount are creating a cinematic universe combining G.I. Joe with films based on Micronauts, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, M.A.S.K. and Rom together. In April 2016, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, Cheo Coker, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, Joe Robert Cole, Jeff Pinkner, Nicole Riegel and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have joined the writers room, respectively. In January 2017, Caruso stated to Collider that the script for the crossover movie is now being written.
In March 2013, during the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura announced that he is open to doing a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover. On 26 July 2013, G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu stated that he is also interested in directing a crossover film. di Bonaventura stated on 23 June 2014 that a crossover was not likely to happen, however he later stated that a crossover was still a possibility. On 23 October 2015, Jon M. Chu confirmed his intentions to make a crossover film between Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Jem.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983-1986).
- Two seasons, 95 episodes.
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1989-1992).
- Two seasons, 44 episodes.
In addition to the films, various comic books were presented by IDW Publishing:
- G.I. Joe Movie Prequel (March to June 2009).
- G.I. Joe Movie Adaptation (July 2009).
- Snake Eyes (October 2009 to January 2010).
- G.I. Joe: Operation HISS (February to June 2010).
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movie Prequel (February to April 2012).
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (04 August 2009).
Production & Filming Details
- Rating: 12A.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.