The creator of The Mask (1994), Mike Richardson is urging for a remake of the comedy blockbuster but instead with a woman playing the title role. When the original hit, it was a global success and earned $351 million after costing only $23 million to make. It was also the film that sky-rocketed comedian Jim Carrey’s career.
What’s more, the creator also has an actress in mind for the role but has been mum to announce just who. The obvious choices would be the big names in female comedy right now such as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Amy Schumer but whether he has an underdog in mind, only he knows. The only indication that he has given us is that he wants “a really good physical comedian” in the role so with Kristen’s performance in Bridesmaids (2011), she would definitely fit the zoot suit.
The remake will have to proceed with caution, however, as the sequel Son of the Mask (2005) tanked in cinemas due to the lack of Jim Carrey. Taking on the title role was Jamie Kennedy and despite all efforts, it killed the franchise. But Richardson is hopeful as it is the 25th anniversary of the original coming up and there is also a new Mask comic book launching. With this, he is hoping that the franchise will have some new life breathed into it.
All fans can do right now is wait and see if the remake happens and who takes on the elusive role – it could be make or break for the franchise.