Straight Outta Paramount: Fate of the Furious Director to Helm MASK Film Franchise!
Deadline reported yesterday that Paramount Pictures has made a deal with Director F. Gary Gray, best known for his successful billion dollar grossing films The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton, to reboot the venerable and intermittent M.A.S.K. franchise as a new film. Is the Hasbro cinematic universe back on the table?
Probably not, no, but let’s put a pin in that.
The director behind The Fate of the Furious and 2003’s The Italian Job certainly seems like a good fit for a vehicular action film. Deadline’s brief reveal also describes the intent for the M.A.S.K. film as a “contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle”, which is a somewhat unexpected take on a property that originally starred an adult cast and an interloping kid identification character.
The Mobile Armored Strike Kommand has reappeared since the original run as a face in the crowd in Hasbro crossover events past, including Unit:E and the seeming unfulfilled past plans at a cinematic universe. Its biggest and most recent exposure has been through IDW, as it received a part in the Revolution event as well as ten issues of its own comic series in 2016, subsequently being absorbed into the ill-fated Scarlett’s Strike Force. The line has also never quite made it to a toyline relaunch.
One question the article doesn’t address is whether the film represents a part of a wider plan for other Hasbro properties. But to editorialize for a moment, if the cinematic universe launches of the past decade have taught us anything, it’s very hard to imagine that it would be a good sign for the effort’s potential success if we were already hearing about it in the very first release.