We’ve know for a while now that Paramount Pictures had plans for a Hasbro-driven shared cinematic universe, with release dates being set for several such pictures. And now, we have some big news on the long-awaited M.A.S.K. movie.
As per Deadline, Paramount has given the M.A.S.K. director gig to F. Gary Gray. Gray is likey best known to genre fans for the likes of Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious.
For those not familiar with M.A.S.K., this huge ‘80s favourite focussed on an advanced task force that fought the good fight against the uber-evil V.E.N.O.M. group. Sadly, the series would only run for two seasons, spanning 75 episodes. Elsewhere, plentiful comic books, video games, and, of course, toy lines would also happen.
In addition to M.A.S.K., Paramount’s shared Hasbro realm will feature live-action movies for Visionaries, a cartoon series centred on heroes and villains with holograms on their chest and staffs that represented their own particular supernatural magical powers; Micronauts, a cartoon show that gave the spotlight to subatomic-sized warriors; and ROM: SpaceKnight, a tale of a regular human who volunteers to become a robotic spaceknight who protects the planet of Galador from Dire Wraiths. These films will all shared cinematic existence alongside the existing G.I. Joe franchise, with some hefty crossovers potentially in the works a little further down the line.
Up next for F. Gary Gray is the Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson-starring Men in Black spin-off/reboot that’s booked in for next May.