Masters of The Universe
Quick, name an actor who has played Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and Zorro. Okay, the title gives the truth away but Frank Langella has played all those parts and so many more.
He is best known for his portrayal of the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in the film (and play) Frost/Nixon. That role found him nominated for both an Oscar and a Tony. He would go on to win four Tony awards for his roles in Frost/Nixon, The Father, Seascape, and Fortune’s Fool.
However, despite his success as a mainstream actor, Langella has gone on to perform in several nerd-centric roles.
Here are just a few of the noteworthy parts he played that brought him to the notice of nerds everywhere.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was at first a toy line (for it’s time, the most popular and profitable toy line in existence), then it was a cartoon (which was basically a 24 minute commercial for said toys) and eventually… a movie. 1987 live-action He-Man movie Masters of the Universe has a reputation for being notoriously bad. So very, very bad. The silver lining? Frank Langella as Skeletor. (more…)
For 35 years, boys and girls have been enjoying the adventures of He-Man, a well-spoken and compassionate barbarian on an alien planet who defends the realm from a skeleton man with a magic sword. Yes, Masters of the Universe seems rather silly, but there’s no joking about those legions of fans, all of whom have been patiently waiting for some far off release date for their favourite 80s franchise that seems to only ever get further into the future, not closer. Well, here’s some good news. Masters of the Universe now finally has a firm release date! It’s going to be a Christmas present to all in just two more years. (more…)
A lot of folks out there grew up with The Masters of the Universe as one of their staple cartoons. And though it was originally conceived as little more than a way to sell some toys, the franchise has taken on a life of its own and continues to adapt and adopt into the present day. The latest attempt at bringing the muscle-bound He-Man back into the limelight involves a second attempt at the big screen. Now, it seems as if Sony Pictures may have their eyes on the guy they wish to play the lead – Kellan Lutz. (more…)
In news that is sure to light up the interwebs one way or another, it appears that McG is allegedly in talks to helm a reboot of perennial 1980’s cartoon favourite Masters Of The Universe. The project has been in development at Sony for years, working it’s way through multiple scripts and writers. Now they are reported to have high hopes for a Transformers-style franchise with the property. (more…)
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. (more…)
The Masters of The Universe Classics toyline is a homage to the original 80’s toys, with modernized detail and style. Each month a new character or two is released on Mattel’s website for sale to He-Man fans ans She-ravers. Now into its 8th year and well beyond 130 figures in its line, things are only just getting started! (more…)
We haven’t heard much about the Masters Of The Universe reboot since Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was reported to be on board to direct back in 2012. After that announcement the project went dark as far as any new details are concerned. At least until late last night. What happened? Well, as is usually the case these days, Twitter happened. (more…)
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. (more…)
The rotating door to the production of a future Masters of the Universe movie turns again, and as we say goodbye to G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, we say hello to Jeff Wadlow, who is now rumored to be the man for the job for the big screen trip back to Eternia. Is Wadlow the filmmaker to break this deadlock and bring us a live-action He-Man again? No one – except maybe the Shadow – knows. (more…)