According Sony Vice President DeVon Franklin the He-Man film adaptation Masters of the Universe is still on. This movie has been in development for a long ass time, and I was beginning to wonder if we would actually see it get to the big screen. The last thing we heard was over a year ago when two new writers were hired to re-write a script by Justin Marks. Preadators screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, are the ones working on the most recent draft. According to Franklin this script should be turned in very soon, and he expresses his excitement for the film saying,
One of other things I'm really excited about is we're doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I'm praying that we can start figuring out how we're going to make it.
It looks like the film is still very far away from actually going into production, they aren't even sure how they want to make it, or even if they will get to start it. He's praying that they can start "figuring out how we're going to make it." Thats not a good sign.
I think a new He-Man movie would work great for the big screen, I heard Mark's script was as epic as the Lord of the Ring's, and also said to be compared to The Matrix and Batman Begins. It's a shame this version isn't going to happen. Mattel actually passed on it, most likely because it was too dark. The next version we get may be a bit more kid friendly. At this point it's all about the Toy company signing off on the script.
I grew up on He-Man, watched the cartoon, and owned 85% of the toys that are now buried in the backyard of the house I grew up in... why did I do that? I'm excited to see this character 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. I don't want it to end up being a mediocre 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.