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The Mask Co-Creator Interested in a Cinematic Reboot With a Female Lead

July 7, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Speaking to Forbes, The Mask comic co-creator Mike Richardson spoke about a potential cinematic reboot for the film franchise that would feature a female lead. Richardson’s idea is to reboot the franchise with a female comedian in the titular role.

The 1994 film adaptation was a box office smash, grossing $351 million worldwide. It starred Jim Carrey as the underdog everyman bank clerk, Stanley Ipkiss, who comes into possession of a supernatural mask that grants him superpowers. In his case, he becomes a green-headed, zany wild man.

Unfortunately, a sequel starring Carrey never materialized. Instead, it was followed by the greatly maligned film, Son of the Mask, in 2005 starring Jamie Kennedy. The film was a box office dud and was savaged by critics.

Richardson co-wrote and produced the original 1994 film, and he appears to be interested in a reboot that would feature a new female lead. Speaking on a potential big-screen reboot, Richardson stated, “I’d like to see a really good physical comedian [in the role].” He added, “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 continued on a new film: “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. Stan Lee said, ‘with great power comes great responsibility,’ but my thing is an older axiom, which is ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.'”

He went on, “Anybody can get [it], so you can do a story about anyone and you could cast any comedian in the role.”

Hopefully, if there is a reboot, it turns out better than the horrendous 2005 sequel.

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