Paramount has a lot of IPs with its deal with Hasbro. The toymakers are responsible for some of the greatest and most successful toylines ever. Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony are some of the biggest names and all three have had cartoons and movies made based on the toys. There’s another property Paramount has access to and that is M.A.S.K. This property combines elements of Transformers with elements of G.I. Joe and sees the heroes, Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, face off against the bad guys, Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem. Given the success of the Transformers film series, and the constant attempts at getting success for G.I. Joe, it’s no wonder Paramount is making a M.A.S.K. movie but is it really needed? Better yet, is it really wanted?
The film just recently picked up Chis Bremner as its writer. Bremner has been on a roll of writing franchise films. He is responsible for Bad Boys For Life and is currently writing National Treasure 3 for Disney. Unlike those, which have relatively recent films to remind people of the franchise MA.S.K. hasn’t been in the public eye in a long time. It was, in this writer’s opinion, incredibly cheesy in the 80s and felt too much like a rip-off instead of a unique property of its own. I am not alone in this opinion either. I conducted a very scientific and very large study on M.A.S.K. popularity (I asked like four people what they thought of the original series and toys) and 0% were interested in seeing a movie based on the cartoon and toys.
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Honestly, Paramount and Hasbro don’t have a great track record with their films. Neither G.I. Joe film was well received by fans, Battleship was a joke, and no one even remembers the Jem and the Holograms film. M.A.S.K. isn’t the only questionable project the companies have in the works, Dungeons & Dragons, Snake Eyes, and a Power Rangers reboot are all warming up in the bullpen and threatening with ruining our childhoods.
Every film company is looking for that MCU franchise and money. The problem is, the MCU is a once in a lifetime thing. It came out at the right time, with the right people, and the right idea. It’s surprising Paramount and Hasbro haven’t tried to make a connected universe with all of their properties. I bet they have wanted to, but let’s thank the maker they haven’t actually done it.
What do you think of Bremner getting the writing gig? Do you want a M.A.S.K. film? Let us know in the comments below!
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