F. Gary Gray has been in high demand, as of late. The New York born director has been on fire with films like Straight Outta Compton and Fate of the Furious, which earned the tune of $1.2 billion worldwide. All this esteem has even earned him his own franchise (potentially), as he’s set to direct the Men in Black reboot, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Although, that’s not the only franchise he’ll be helming.
A report from THR confirms that Paramount Pictures has chosen F. Gary Gray to bring Hasbro‘s M.A.S.K. to the big screen.
If you’re unfamiliar with this IP, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) followed the battle between an underground task force, called M.A.S.K., and their arch-enemies the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). In some ways, the 1985 animated series drew comparisons to another Hasbro product, G. I. Joe, i.e. The Joes vs Cobra Command, the eccentric over-the-top characters, and the futuristic tech. Though, G.I. Joe was much better at it than M.A.S.K., which is evident by M.A.S.K.’s 1 year run.
Perhaps we could actually see the members of M.A.S.K. team up with the members of G.I. Joe, as Paramount continues to try and develop a shared movie universe for the Hasbro products. Uniting these two teams would actually go a long way to making this universe relevant. That is, if they could successfully make a G.I. Joe movie. It definitely makes a lot more sense than trying to do a crossover with G.I. Joe and Transformers, which we found out last year Paramount had been mulling over.
There is no announced timetable for the M.A.S.K. movie.
We urge you to check out episodes of M.A.S.K. on youtube. Just listen to their theme song and tell me this doesn’t deserve it’s own movie!