Hard to believe but it has been 25 years since “The Mask,” the Jim Carrey-led film adaptation of the Dark Horse comic of the same name, hit cinemas. The film launched Cameron Diaz’s career and cemented Carrey as a hit maker.
Ahead of the original’s 25th anniversary this month, Forbes spoke with the character’s original creator Mike Richardson, a man who also went on to more success in Hollywood where he co-wrote “Timecop” and produced both Guillermo del Toro-helmed “Hellboy” films.
Richardson co-wrote and produced the first film and tells the outlet that not only is he is very interested in revisiting the property, he also already knows who he wants to take on the central role: “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.”
In the 1994 film, Carrey played unlucky bank teller Stanley Ipkiss who gains cartoonish confidence via an ancient Norse mask. It became a smash hit, but over a decade later the Jamie Kennedy-led “Son of The Mask” sequel was released and was a commercial and critical flop – killing off any franchise hopes due to it being the worst reviewed comic book film of all time according to our own famous analytics list that DH recurringly updates.