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, eventually landing in the pocket of Sony Pictures. It seems that after years of cycling through talent, they’re finally ready to push forward with an adaptation. While a search for a director and actors are whispers in the wind, they’ve found their scribe.
Variety reports that Christopher Yost, who wrote on Thor: The Dark World, has been hired to write the script for the film. His other writing credits include quite a few animated shows for Marvel; such as Wolverine and The X-Men, The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and more. Yost is also co-writing Thor: Ragnarok.
Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow wrote other recent drafts of the movie. It’s a wonder if Yost will be building off their scripts or starting from scratch.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon ran from 1983-85, which ran to promote the exceedingly popular toy line. It spawned a corny live-action adaption that starred Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella; as well as young Courtney Cox. The cartoon was rebooted in 2002 but managed to only run 39 episodes. An action figure line from that series was produced, then later a line of mini statues. Another and now current line of figures are produced from Mattel and sold on their collectors website. The property is licensed to a number of other vendors as well, such as Funko, Super 7, Entertainment Earth. All of which are finding that the nostalgia for He-Man and The Masters of The Universe is as strong as ever.
The story is set on the planet of Eternia, and it follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the powerful He-Man (via puberty lightning). He and his band of heroic masters of the universe defend Eternia and Castle Grayskull from Skeletor and his evil warriors.
Sword and sandals, sorcery vs technology, broads in metal bikinis, skull faced demonic overlords. Could be cool. Oh, wait. This is from the same studio that made the Ghostrider movies and Spider-Man reboots. Shit, never mind.