Comic book adaptations into films is nothing new, years before the flood of comic book properties filling out theaters and televisions with Marvel and DC films and series came one of the most successful and profitable comic book films of all times, New Line Cinema’s The Mask. Back in 1994 the superhero comedy film directed by Charles Russell and starring Jim Carrey and the film debut of Cameron Diaz, grossed over $351 million over a $23 million budget. This made it the most profitable comic book adaptations until it was overtaken by Todd Phillip’s Joker film this year. So how did the studios capitalize on this success?
With a terrible sequel over a decade later directed by Lawrence Guterman titled Son of the Mask in 2005 starring Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming and Traylor Howard. With the film bombing at the box office, the franchise has since then laid dormant. But fear not as We Got This Covered is reporting that Warner Bros. is looking into bringing back Cuban Pete aka The Mask for a new feature film. What is even more exciting is that they are hearing that the studios’ first choice is to bring back Carrey to reprise his role as Stanley Ipkiss. For the moment it is unknown if they have even reached out to him about his possible return.
The Mask films are based on the comic book series from Dark Horse Comics created by Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi. The original series of The Mask, The Mask Returns and The Mask Strikes Back were published as a limited series from 1991 and 1995. Just last month, the green faced character made his return to comics in the comic titled, The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Patric Reynolds and colors by Lee Loughridge.
It would be great to see one of my favorite films brought back for a proper sequel with Carrey. With him in a film like Sony Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog it would seem like he might be willing to take on the role of Ipkiss at least one more time. Would you like to see a new film featuring The Mask? Let us know in the comment section below!
If you want to keep up with The Mask, the second issue of his current title, The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask, is out this week in comic book stores everywhere.
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Source: We Got This Covered