Contrary to previous statements from producers, Paramount's upcoming Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will be a reboot of the film franchise according to lead actor Henry Golding. (Yes, that's an expanded title as the studio previously dubbed it simply Snake Eyes.)
"It's unlike anything people will have seen. We're really starting a new timeline - a new franchise within the G.I. Joe Universe," Golding set during a press event Thursday. "To kick it off with such a distinct and stylized film, it sets a precedent for follow-up movies."
Long-time G.I. Joe producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura has previously said that the Snake Eyes film is a prequel to the two previous G.I. Joe films, necessitating a younger actor than Ray Park - who played Snake Eyes in those two films.
"It's amazing to tread in unexplored territory," Golding continued. "To bring our own styles to it, and [director Robert Schwentke]'s love for japanese cinema."
Golding, Schwentke, and others were present Friday in Tokyo, Japan for a press event marking the beginning of production.
"It's an absolute honor to play such an iconic character," Golding continued. "He's probably one of the most recognizable characters ever created."
Snake Eyes was originally created by writer/editor Larry Hama for Marvel Comics' G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero licensed comic book, spinning out of a Hama's rejected pitch for a new Marvel team book called Fury Force led by Nick Fury, Jr.
"For us to never really see what's beneath the mask, we missed something. He's seen as a weapon; an inanamiate object. But when you get to see someone's eyes, you get to see their past, their future, and their personality. We go right back to the beginning and see how he progresses and how he develops into this most amazing character."
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is scheduled to open in theaters October 23.