“The Mask” Creator Wants A Female-Led Reboot

Jim Carrey in "The Mask"

Creator and Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson is in for a reboot of the Jim Carrey-led critically acclaimed hit. 

With the original debuting nearly 25 years ago, Richardson sat with Forbes and teased a gender-bending grittier return of The Mask. 

“I’d like to see a really good physical comedian [in the role]. 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 tells the outlet.

Should a female-led reboot actually happen, Richardson wants to opt for a much darker version, truer to the comic book, compared to Jim Carrey’s comedic and lighthearted portrayal. 

“I’d like it to be another character film about a person dealing with absolute power,” he added. “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.”

The Mask was an immediate success grossing over $351 million on a $23 million budget.