F. Gary Gray to Direct M.A.S.K. Movie

The big screen outing of classic 80s cartoon series ‘M.A.S.K.’ is finally moving forward. Mike Fleming Jr over Deadline is hearing word that Paramount Pictures and Hasbro have tapped F. Gary Gray (‘The Fate of the Furious,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘The Italian Job’) for the director’s chair.

Based on the ’80s Kenner action figures and the animated series, M.A.S.K. is an acronym for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, a task force led by Matt Trakker whose goal is to take out the criminal organization VENOM (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).

The series ran for two seasons from 1985 to 1986 with 75 episodes aired.

In addition to directing, Gray will produce the project with Hasbro. The plan is to hatch “a contemporary subculture movie with a youth empowerment angle.”