It seems no one is safe from the coronavirus pandemic. Not even ninjas.
Movie studio Paramount has confirmed that its highly anticipated G.I. Joe sequel centered around the modern ninja Snake Eyes will be rescheduled for next year.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins was originally slated for release in March 2020, yet in June of 2019, the studio pushed it back to October 23, 2020. But because of the current pandemic affecting cinemas globally, worldwide release will now be moved to Oct. 22, 2021.
First announced two years ago, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will be helmed by director Robert Schwentke who is best known for the Divergent franchise and will be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos who did work on The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
The film will delve on the back story of tech-savvy ninja Snake Eyes, one of the key operatives of the G.I. Joe special forces unit. In the first two movies of the franchise, the character was portrayed by actor Ray Park.
But for this origins film, Henry Golding (Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians) will take on the title role. Golding will star alongside actors Andrew Koji, Samara Weaving, and Iko Uwais.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is not the only film to face rescheduling though. In a recent tweet, Paramount (@ParamountPics) also confirmed the new release dates for other titles.
An untitled biopic of Billie Holiday is set to premiere on Feb 12, 2021, Clifford the Big Red Dog gets a Nov. 5, 2021 release date, and the fifth Scream movie comes out on Jan. 14, 2022, while an untitled Paranormal Activity sequel arrives on screens March 4, 2022.