As The Fast and the Furious franchise has grown progressively bigger in recent years and moved farther away from any semblance of reality, the focus on amped up vehicular action has started to feel vaguely similar to a particular ’80s cartoon and toy line that holds a special place in my heart. I’m talking about M.A.S.K. (aka Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), which revolved around two teams of agents with transforming vehicles. Although there had previously been talk of adapting it for the big screen, the project never seemed to get much traction up until now. This week, however, we have an update on the project and it appears that The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is now officially attached to helm a M.A.S.K. movie. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Paramount and Hasbro are partnering to make a live-action M.A.S.K. movie and F. Gary Gray is on board to produce and direct the movie. Gray previously directed Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious and he is currently in pre-production on the upcoming Men in Black reboot. The next step is to hire a writer for the project, which they are supposedly viewing as “a contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle.” Whatever the hell that means.
There were rumours a couple of years ago that M.A.S.K. might be introduced as part of a third G.I. Joe movie and that it would launch an entire Hasbro Cinematic Universe that would also include Visionaries, Micronauts and ROM. That plan seems to have fallen apart, but it was recently reported that Zak Penn was writing the script for a ROM: Space Knight movie. IDW launched a new M.A.S.K. comic book series a few years ago and they updated it by (among other things) re-envisioning M.A.S.K. leader Matt Trakker as African-American. Either way, F. Gary Gray’s experience seems to make him well-suited for the project and it sounds like there is a chance this might actually get made now. Do you have any interest in a M.A.S.K. movie?