The, err, masked heroes and villains of the 1985 M.A.S.K. animated series.
Image: DIC Entertainment

The last we heard, Hasbro‚Äôs plans for a movie based on the classic Kenner toyline M.A.S.K. had been scrapped. Now, it seems like that‚Äôs not the case‚ÄĒbecause the director behind Fate of the Furious, F. Gary Gray, has been tapped to bring the series to theaters.

Deadline reports that Gray‚ÄĒwho is also in talks to direct the Men in Black quasi-reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson‚ÄĒhas closed a deal with Paramount and Hasbro to bring the multimedia M.A.S.K. franchise to life. The series followed the members of the titular Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (look, it was the ‚Äė80s) and their leader, Matt Trakker, as they hunted down the hilariously named Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem in their fleet of transforming combat vehicles.

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Like Transformers before it, it‚Äôs a great idea for a kid‚Äôs toy line and a tentpole action flick‚ÄĒand you might as well get the director behind one of the biggest-earning vehicular action movies of all time to help turn it into one. Still, M.A.S.K. seems like a strange choice to truly kick off Hasbro‚Äôs plans for an interconnected universe based on its own brands in earnest.

[Deadline]