Paramount and Hasbro Hire F. Gary Gray To Direct ‘M.A.S.K.’
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 1:00 pm
If you are looking for a big screen adaptation of a forgotten ’80s cartoon, then M.A.S.K. might be just your fix.
Paramount has been working on one for quite some time, and now they have found a new director. The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray will now helm the film, which features heroes wearing, you guessed it, masks. More on the story, below.
THR can confirm that Gray will direct the film, despite it having no script.
That being said, it will be based on the property of the same name launched by the now-defunct Krenner. In it, an elite task force known as M.A.S.K. (which stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) battled against the evil V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). The members of each group wore masks that matched their personalities and were paired with vehicles that had limited transformational abilities. A car would turn into an aerial vehicle, and a helicopter would turn into a jet. Like I said, limited transformational abilities. Don’t believe me, check out the video of the opening theme for the show below.
As you can see, other companies were trying to duplicate the success of Transformers and G.I. Joe. In fact, the show was actually an amalgamation of the two products. Although, it didn’t get very far. Still, it managed to build a cult following, which leads us here to today.
I’m not going to pretend like I know anything about the property, because I don’t. But Paramount will be building around it for a potential universe. So if Bumblebee doesn’t meet their expectations, they can rely on M.A.S.K. But I’m not going to refuse to watch this or keep up to date on this. If they can get a decent writer on board, then it could be something worth watching. But for now, I will keep my expectations in check.