It’s actually remarkable that there was never a proper sequel to the 1994 comedic superhero smash ‘The Mask’. Nowadays, whether it’s funny or serious, any comic book movie is simply expected to be part of a franchise. There has even been chatter about ‘Joker’ getting a sequel.
In 2005, New Line Cinema released ‘Son of the Mask’, but neither Jim Carrey or director Chuck Russell was involved. That film bombed and was quickly forgotten.
But what would it take for Jim Carrey, who became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood thanks in part to ‘The Mask’, to return to make another movie in this series?
While promoting his new movie, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, Carrey said:
“I don’t think in terms of sequels and stuff like that, I mean, this one [Sonic The Hedgehog] is kind of right for it because we have not evolved the character [Dr. Eggman] fully yet. The Mask I think, myself, you know, it would depend on a filmmaker. It depends on a filmmaker really. I don’t want to do it just to do it. But I would only do it if it was some crazy visionary filmmaker. Sure.”
Russell, who had previously directed ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ and the 1988 remake of ‘The Blob’, went on to helm the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick ‘Eraser’, and ‘The Scorpion King’. His most recent film was the Indian action movie ‘Junglee’.
‘The Mask’ originated as a Dark Horse comic book series by Mike Richardson, Doug Mahnke, and John Arcudi. Richardson has his own idea of how to revisit ‘The Mask’ on the big screen, having said:
“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.”
Would you like to see a new version of ‘The Mask’? Would you like Carrey to return, or would you go with a different actor?