A new live action He-Man and The Masters of The Universe movie – based on the 80’s Toy/Cartoon property of the same name – has been in Hollywood’s orbit for some time. Over the last decade or so, the project has changed studios and a number writers and directors. G.I. Joe director Jon Chu had been the latest in a series of creatives to tackle the most powerful man in the universe. Lin left the production to pursue other projects. Now Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President of Production DeVon Franklin has announced that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has handed in a newly completed script for the new Masters of the Universe movie adaptation.
In a podcast interview back in August 2014, Jeff Wadlow had discussed re-working the script. Then in November DeVon Franklin confirmed via Twitter that a new script was in fact in the works:
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) November 4, 2014
After a inquiry from a fan, Franklin recently Tweeted a copy of the script’s cover page, as further evidence he has it. The headline identifies Wadlow as the writer, with previous drafts written by Alex Litvak and Mik Finch; Richard Wenk, and Terry Rossio. You can see this below:
As well as writing the script, Wadlow also looks set to direct the adaptation, however, there has been no mention of an official release date for the film. Wadlow is also attached to the film adaptation of X-Force, which is being produced by Fox.
Some readers might remember Gary Goddard’s take on Masters of the Universe with his live-action adaption starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella which was a critical and commercial flop, but is gained somewhat of a cult following throughout the years since it was initially released. Some have blamed the failure of the first movie from steering too far from the source material; creating a film that was too far removed from the original 80’s cartoon and toy property it was adapting.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has its fans. However, most children of the 80’s look back on it as campy cartoon fair with homoerotic undertones. It’s hard to take serious a movie featuring characters with such ambiguous names as Ram-Man and Fisto. However, at its core, MOTU is swords and sandals mixed with magic and technology. It’s a unique dynamic, and one, if done right, could be on the scale of Lord of The Rings. But, given Hollywood’s propensity for making shit adaptations of popular 80s franchises (Transformers, G.I. Joe, The Smurfs…etc), there’s little faith that Hollywood will serve up a He-Man movie that will kick ass (pun intended).
Via – ComicBook.Com