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

The last we heard, Hasbroā€™s plans for a movie based on the classic Kenner toyline M.A.S.K. had been scrapped. Now, it seems like thatā€™s not the caseā€”because the director behind Fate of the Furious, F. Gary Gray, has been tapped to bring the series to theaters.

Deadline reports that Grayā€”who is also in talks to direct the Men in Black quasi-reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompsonā€”has 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 ā€˜80s) and their leader, Matt Trakker, as they hunted down the hilariously named Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem in their fleet of transforming combat vehicles.

Like Transformers before it, itā€™s a great idea for a kidā€™s toy line and a tentpole action flickā€”and 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 Hasbroā€™s plans for an interconnected universe based on its own brands in earnest.

[Deadline]