Hands up if you’re tired of having your childhood memories destroyed by the unstoppable Hollywood juggernaut. Well, be prepared to have another of your favorites mishandled as Paramount announce plans to bring M.A.S.K. to the big screen.
According to reports over at Deadline, the studio will team with F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Fate of the Furious) as producer and toy makers Hasbro to turn the popular toy line and cartoon series into the next big movie franchise.
M.A.S.K., which stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, was a series of action figures created by Kenner and released in 1985. It was a mixture of G.I. Joe and Transformers and saw the good guy’s of M.A.S.K. battle the evil doers of V.E.N.O.M., aka the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem. The figures, which were some of the best looking designs of the era, would then spawn an animated TV show, video games, comic books, clothing, and tons more.
This isn’t the first time there’s been talk of a live-action M.A.S.K. movie. Only 3 years ago, it was believed that the franchise would be launched as part of a shared movie universe alongside G.I. Joe, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, and Micronauts, but nothing ever came to fruition. It remains to be seen if this time will be different.
According to Deadline, the studio has plans to make a “contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle,” which sounds nothing like the war games we all used to play as kids, right? As long as they don’t tamper too much with the tried and tested formula then we suppose we’ll keep our minds open to the project – for now at least.
What do you think? Are you excited to see a M.A.S.K. movie at last, or has that ship sailed? What other classic toylines would you like to see adapted for a modern cinema audience? Have your say in the comments section below.
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