Sony Pictures and the production company Escape Artists have announced that they will continue to work together on making movies. The two have worked on films such as Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness in the past. In the process of this announcement they revealed a couple of films that they will be developing with each other. One of these films is the long awaited live-action adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!
Master of the Universe is something I've wanted to see happen again for a long time. It definitely time this franchise got a nice good epic film. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe started out as a toy line that spawned a popular animated series that ran from 1983 to 1985. They later created a couple animated TV remakes, and a memorable live action film in 1987, which stared Dolph Lundgren. I loved that movie as a kid.
I remember reading about a script written by Justin Mark that was said to be as epic as the Lord of the Ring's, and was also compared to films like The Matrix and Batman Begins. This mostly likely wont be the version we see get made, as it was way to epic for the budget that the studio was looking at. Mattel actually passed on it, probably because it was too dark. I imagine they are looking for something a bit more kid friendly. The Toy company just needs to sign off on the script.
I grew up on He-Man, watched the cartoon, and owned a ton of the toys that are now buried in the backyard of the house I grew up in... I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to do that? I'm excited to see this franchise brought to life on the big screen again. There's so much potential, and I hope it gets the extremely epic makeover that it deserves. My biggest fear is that it will end up being a mediocre film.