Creator of ‘The Mask’ is rebooting the film with a female lead
Almost 25 years since The Mask famously starring Jim Carrey, its creators are planning a reboot with a female replacing him in the lead.
The original 1994 film, loosely based on Mike Richardson’s comic which was published through Dark Horse Comics, was directed by directed by Charles Russell and received critical and commercial success.
With a star studded cast of Carrey, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck and more, The Mask is also remembered as being the project to give a young Cameron Diaz her first major breakthrough.
The story generally revolves around the character Stanley Ipkiss (played by Carrey), a tired and bored bank worker who finds the magical mask which goes on to transform him into a mischievous gangster who causes carnage around the city with his new-found power.
Despite its major success, fans of The Mask did receive a sequel until more than ten years later, 2005 effort Son of The Mask which saw Jamie Kennedy take the lead. Unfortunately though, the project emerged as a major flop despite its hefty budget, the film failed to recoup its investment.
Not deterred by that disappointment, however, is The Mask’s original creator, Mike Richardson, who is planning to bring his ideas back to the big screen with a female lead taking over the new direction.
“I’d like to see a really good physical comedian [in the role],” Richardson explained in a new interview with Forbes. “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.”
He added: “You never know what’s coming in the future. We have some ideas.”
“I’d like it to be another character film about a person dealing with absolute power. 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.”