Take this one as a huge unsubstantiated rumor, as it comes from a less than trustful source. But it's fun to think about anyway. Today we've that the powers that be over at Warner Bros. and New Line are maybe trying to entice none other than Jim Carrey to return to the role of Stanley Ipkiss in a sequel to director Chuck Russell's hit 1994 adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics hero The Mask.
No word on if the studio plans to bring back Cameron Diaz as well. Or Amy Yasbeck for that matter. This update comes to us following the news earlier this year that The Mask creator Mike Richardson was all gung-ho about producing a new Female Mask reboot.
Now as far as that planned reboot goes, there isn't currently word on whether it is still in the works, or if this supposed Jim Carrey sequel is taking over. That said, it seems, until the studio has Carrey firmly in their grasps, both movies will more than likely continue on as pipe dreams at this point, either one or the other possibly winning out. Or Warner Bros. may just decide to damn the torpedos and give us both films in close proximity. Or maybe we won't get a new Mask movie at all?
Now even though I am as excited as the rest of the world with this possible sequel heading our way, truth be told, there is part of me that's wondering if this is such a good idea. After all, Jim Carrey's return to classic characters has been kind of a wash in the past. Sure I love writer-director Steve Oedekerk's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls as much as the next guy, but what about Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To? Yeah, maybe that movie was better left unproduced.
Anyhow, for those of you might be unaware, the original film began when Jim Carrey's timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki. As we all would do in that situation, Carry's character slaps on the mysterious mask quicker than you can say, 'Wait, Loki as in Thor's brother?' But it all works out pretty good for Carrey as the mask turns him into a living cartoon for lack of a better term. From there he tries to make-out with a local nightclub singer played by Cameron Diaz (in her first film), and try not to get super-murdered by Peter Greene's crime lord Dorian Tyrell. The film was a super-success, snagging over $351 million at the box-office on a mere budget of $23 million.
The last time we saw The Mask on the big screen was in Antz and Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman's 2005 debacle Son of Mask starring Jamie Kennedy and that girl from Monk and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. But we don't talk about that movie. So let's just move on. Meanwhile, this rumor comes to us from We Got This Covered.