Paramount Pictures is developing a feature film based on the cartoon and Hasbro toy line M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand with Fate of The Furious director F. Gary Gray attached to direct.
A new screenwriter has been brought on board according to TheHollywoodReporter as they’ve hired Bad Boys For Life writer Chris Bremner to help work on the film’s script which had been developed in a writers’ room environment at Paramount.
Launched simultaneously in 1985 as both a toy line and an animated series, M.A.S.K. stood for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, an elite strike force that fought crime and terrorism, most notably an organization named V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). Influenced partly by G.I. Joe and Transformers, the brand had the tagline of “Illusion is the ultimate weapon.”
Bremner was recently tasked by Sony Pictures to write a fourth Bad Boys movie starring after the massive success of Bad Boys For Life which is slowly inching towards crossing $400 million at the global box office.
He’s also involved with writing National Treasure 3 for Disney.
Paramount Pictures has been doubling-down on it’s IP based on toy properties with reboots/soft-reboots for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and there is an expectation that a new Power Rangers could land at Paramount as well with Hasbro landing the rights.
I’m not familiar with M.A.S.K. but with the success of Fast & The Furious franchise developing another vehicle-focused action movie feels like a smart move.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER