An 80s-era toy line and accompanying cartoon in the vein of Transformers, MASK saw Matt Trakker’s ‘Mobile Armored Strike Kommand unit (oh, 80s) facing off against the dastardly cadre of supervillains known as VENOM (the Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem… God, it really was a simpler time) in vehicles that could deploy incredible weaponry and utilise alternate modes.
Since revived by IDW Comics in 2016 for their Hasbro shared universe, it’s not clear if Paramount intend this to link up with their own supposed shared universe, which would also include the upcoming GI Joe reboot, the planned ROM: Space Knight film, and the rumoured Micronauts and Action Man films.
The film is reportedly angling for a less clean-cut approach, with the studio allegedly seeking a writer to “hatch a contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle” in the hopes to turn the picture into a franchise.
F. Gary Gray is currently in pre-production for his Men in Black revival, set to star Thor: Ragnarok leads Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. The Hasbro property supposedly piqued the director’s interest as a vintage property that “could be revamped and have something to say to a contemporary audience.”
With Men in Black set for a May 17th, 2019 release, don’t expect MASK until 2020 at the earliest.