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Mask creator says he has an idea for female-led reboot

July 6th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Well, hot on the heels of Ghostbusters, Ocean’s Eight and others, it looks like another classic movie is set for the reboot treatment with a lady in the lead.

With The Mask celebrating its 25th anniversary (25 years!?) – and celebrate it should as it gave the world the superstars that were Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz – but it looks like it may be set to return to the big screen.

Creator and Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson spoke of his idea for a female fronted take on the movie: “I’d like to see a really good physical comedian [in the role]. I have one in mind, but I’m not gonna say her name. We have to do a lot of convincing for this particular actor, but we’ll see … You never know what’s coming in the future. We have some ideas,” he said.

Now, before anyone blows a gasket, I am well aware that in the comics Stanley Ipkiss – played in the movie by Carrey – isn’t the star (if memory serves he dies pretty early in) and the Mask has had many owners, male and female.

However, I can’t help feeling this is just another cash-in that fits the current trend of casting women in roles perviously played by men.


I might be wrong.

It seems that Richardson, in the era of Deadpool and Logan, would like the movie it go back to the comics’ darker roots: “I’d like it to be another character film about a person dealing with absolute power,” he added.

“The whole theme of ‘The Mask’ was we all say what we would do if we had absolute power, just like Stanley Ipkiss. When we get absolute power, we often resort to the most petty of endeavors and it’s overcoming our human nature and using the power for good.”

For the record, should this happen, I would be interested in seeing Ghostbusters: Answer The Call’s Kate McKinnon take the role… but for now, let’s just wait and see what happens.

Would you like to see The Mask return? I wanna know…

Source: EW

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….