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According to a new report, Paramount wants to get into the M.A.S.K. business in the biggest way possible by giving it its own film series.
Hasbro and Paramount are already working on putting together films, but it seems that M.A.S.K. may be getting extra special treatment. Deadline is reporting that F. Gary Gray has teamed up with Hasbro to develop the film franchise and that he will also serve as a producer on the series. If his name sounds familiar, he’s just coming off multiple successes with The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton.
The reports are that this is a high priority for the studio. No writer has been chosen yet, but one is being sought to “hatch a contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle.”
M.A.S.K. is short for “Mobile Armored Strike Kommand,” a secret task force established to fight a criminal organization known as VENOM. The toy line had a bit of a Transformers’ vibe to it as each vehicle had a hidden weapons system. Each team member also wore marks that granted them different abilities.
The toy line ran from 1985 to 1988, and was supported by a popular animated series consisting of 75 episodes.
What the toy line and the series did not cover, however, did it talk about a sub-culture or youth empowerment angle.
What it sounds to me like is that Paramount wants a new Fast and the Furious franchise. And, honestly, who can blame them? That series has gone on to make billions, and something will have to replace it. Is using M.A.S.K. the solution, though? The property already has a strong storyline, so why try to make it something it’s not?
Oh, Hollywood, will you ever learn?
There’s no word as to what sort of release date is being targeted, but it sounds like this is a priority project. Expect things to move rapidly on this one.
Source: Deadline .