The Fast and Furious and Straight Outta Compton filmmaker, F. Gary Gray has signed on the dotted line to take the helm of Paramount project and Hasbro property M.A.S.K.
It’s very early days on the project as no cast has been revealed, even a writer is still needed to pen the screenplay. Gray is also down to produce alongside Hasbro.
First created by the now-defunct Kenner, the premise revolved around the fight between an underground task force called M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and a criminal organization called V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). After its initial launch in 1985, the franchise spawned a variety of products, including four series of action figures, an animated television series, video games, and comics.
M.A.S.K. was developed by Kenner in 1985, along with an animated television series to help with toy merchandising. The animated series debuted the same year and ran for two seasons (1985 to 1986). It focused mostly on toys released during the first two series of the toyline.
From 1987 to 1988, Kenner released two additional series of toys. However, these last two series strayed from the original theme of the series of crime-fighting and terrorism, focusing instead on a racing theme.
Gray is currently attached to helm Sony’s Men In Black reboot, which is set to star Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the film will be released in the summer of 2019. His involvement with the 8th instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise last year saw the film earn itself a staggering 1.2 billion dollars worldwide.