The founder of Dark Horse Comics and creator of The Mask, Mike Richardson wants a female-led reboot of the 1994 original film.
The original The Mask movie was led by comedian Jim Carry. But now, Richardson wants to see a woman taking on the lead role. The Mask was a blockbuster hit in the summer of 1994 and earned over USD351 million on a USD23 million budget. It was the movie that cemented Carrey as a household name.
Speaking to Forbes, Richardson expressed his plans on the upcoming reboot. The American publisher even has someone in mind to play the role already. Although, he did refrain from mentioning her name. In fear of a possible jinx maybe?
“I’d like to see a really good physical comedian [in the role],” he said. “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.”
In the original film, Carrey played the iconic character of Stanley Ipkiss who turns into a green-faced supernatural gangster in a yellow suit when wearing the titular mask. It became one of the defining films of the decade. Its success lead to a cartoon series and a videogame. It even had a sequel in 2005 that most people would rather choose to forget. Son of the Mask starred Jamie Kennedy and failed to carry on the financial and critical success of the original.