Stephen Sommers Talks Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

Paramount made a lot of fanboys very happy when they recently released the first official pictures of Ray Park as Snake Eyes from the upcoming “G.I. Joe” movie yesterday. One picture made the movie site rounds, while another (below) was given exclusively to USA Today, who had an accompanying article. I neglected the article — seriously, how could I be expected to read letters when there was that badass picture of Snake Eyes to gawk at??? — until now. In the article, director Stephen Sommers talked about the movie, but more specifically, about Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

Here’s an excerpt:

G.I. Joe refers to the team, not any one person, and Snake Eyes is its mysterious lone wolf. In the movie, shooting now and set for August 2009, this fearsome figure is played by Ray Park (Darth Maul in the first Star Wars prequel).

“He’s the world’s greatest ninja, but he’s also next-generation. He’s not afraid to use a sword one second, and a split-second later he’s pulling out his Glock,” says director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy and Van Helsing). “His chief nemesis is arguably the world’s other great ninja, Storm Shadow. The two grew up together, were blood brothers and now are mortal enemies.”

Sommers stresses that the movie is an origins story, so his challenge is to explain why the bad guy wears a metal mask, why Snake Eyes doesn’t talk and other strange things kids took for granted. “For people who know nothing about it, it’ll make sense,” Sommers says. “And to people who love this stuff, it’ll show where they all came from.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

“G.I. Joe” kicks ass August 2009.

Ray Parks as Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe!