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He-Man's new home

09.23.2009

HE-MAN recently wandered away from Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver, but apparently he's already found a comfy new home.

The Mattel property has landed at Sony, with production company Escape Artists (KNOWING, TAKING OF PELHAM 123) sharpening the Sword of Power.

Mattel had disagreed with the previous direction of the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, a more edgy and adult take in the vein of LORD OF THE RINGS from omnipresent screenwriter Justin Marks. A new writer and director are expected for Sony's version (KUNG FU PANDA director John Stevenson was on the project at WB).

The famous 80s fantasy cartoon and toy line revolved around an obscenely muscular dude who rode a green tiger and used "the power of Grayskull" to battle his nemesis Skeletor and his evil cohorts. It became a live-action 1987 flick with Dolph Lundgren as the hero, although the movie was perhaps most notable for featuring veteran actor Frank Langella as the skull-faced villain.

Extra Tidbit: Vocal comic artist John Byrne once posited that the He-Man universe was essentially a ripoff of Jack Kirby's Fourth World/New Gods (with Darkseid being the Skeletor equivalent).
Source: THR

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1:07AM on 09/26/2009

Gotta sell them toys...

It's gotta appeal to the kids, just like it did back in our day. I say keep it on the lighter side, just make if a super badass CFI action-fest. The world of Eternia's got all sorts of craziness in it, might as well go nuts. Hell, make it 3-D too.
It's gotta appeal to the kids, just like it did back in our day. I say keep it on the lighter side, just make if a super badass CFI action-fest. The world of Eternia's got all sorts of craziness in it, might as well go nuts. Hell, make it 3-D too.
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3:47PM on 09/25/2009

About WB's version

I agree, a edgier epic take on the franchise sounds pretty cool. In fact WB's film sounded pretty cool until you realize it was being written by Justin Marks. Look up that guy's filmography, he has *never* written anything good, and after the massive bomb that was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the studios are realizing this and having all of his scripts (this, Supermax, Voltron) rewritten.
I agree, a edgier epic take on the franchise sounds pretty cool. In fact WB's film sounded pretty cool until you realize it was being written by Justin Marks. Look up that guy's filmography, he has *never* written anything good, and after the massive bomb that was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the studios are realizing this and having all of his scripts (this, Supermax, Voltron) rewritten.
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5:21PM on 09/24/2009
I want a serious He Man movie damn it. Epic trilogy.
I want a serious He Man movie damn it. Epic trilogy.
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10:08AM on 09/24/2009

What!!!

I was total hip on the idea of a LORD OF THE RINGS type HE-MAN movie! Your on a roll with me HOLLYWOOD!
I was total hip on the idea of a LORD OF THE RINGS type HE-MAN movie! Your on a roll with me HOLLYWOOD!
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8:59AM on 09/24/2009

Can we stop calling him He-Man?

And move to calling him Grayskull? It sounds WAAAAAAAAAAY better than He-Man.
And move to calling him Grayskull? It sounds WAAAAAAAAAAY better than He-Man.
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3:43PM on 09/25/2009
Yeah, Grayskull sounds cooler, but it's not the character's name. It's the name of the castle. It'd be like calling Clark Kent's alterego "Metropolis"
instead of Superman.
Yeah, Grayskull sounds cooler, but it's not the character's name. It's the name of the castle. It'd be like calling Clark Kent's alterego "Metropolis"
instead of Superman.
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12:38AM on 09/24/2009

I read the Marks draft.

Yah know what sucks? Marks' script was FUCKING AWESOME! Now, it's back up in the air. Sucks- his complete draft is going to have someone else's paws on it.
Yah know what sucks? Marks' script was FUCKING AWESOME! Now, it's back up in the air. Sucks- his complete draft is going to have someone else's paws on it.
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11:28PM on 09/23/2009

you go have fun with that green tiger...

the one possable thing that could have made it interesting and saved it, making it more edgy/LOTR like, and they decide to scrap it. that has to be one of the worst decisions ever. they just destroyed any possable interest i could have had. because if they make essentially a saturday morning cartoon in live action, i will definitly avoid it like the plague.
the one possable thing that could have made it interesting and saved it, making it more edgy/LOTR like, and they decide to scrap it. that has to be one of the worst decisions ever. they just destroyed any possable interest i could have had. because if they make essentially a saturday morning cartoon in live action, i will definitly avoid it like the plague.
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12:40AM on 09/24/2009
You're exactly correct. The Justin Marks draft was brilliant. It was a cross between Conan, Mad Max and LOTR. Now it's going to be hokey. Such a shame. Maybe they can use Mark's script for a Thudarr The Barbarian flick and use all the cool that was that script- for that film.
You're exactly correct. The Justin Marks draft was brilliant. It was a cross between Conan, Mad Max and LOTR. Now it's going to be hokey. Such a shame. Maybe they can use Mark's script for a Thudarr The Barbarian flick and use all the cool that was that script- for that film.
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11:16PM on 09/23/2009
Here is the cast:
He-Man - Owen Wilson
Skeletor - Ben Stiller
Ram Man - Jack Black
Beast Man - Will Ferrell
Man At Arms - Paul Giamatti
Fisto - Jon Faveraeu
Mer Man - Ashton Kutcher
Man E Faces - Eddie Izzard
Stratos - Jason Bateman
Mek A Nek - Vince Vaughn
King Randor - Christopher Walken
Teela - Mila Kunis
Evil Lyn - Famke Janssen
She-Ra - Christine Taylor
Orko - CGI

And find a spot for Jason Segel and Michael Cera aswell...
Here is the cast:
He-Man - Owen Wilson
Skeletor - Ben Stiller
Ram Man - Jack Black
Beast Man - Will Ferrell
Man At Arms - Paul Giamatti
Fisto - Jon Faveraeu
Mer Man - Ashton Kutcher
Man E Faces - Eddie Izzard
Stratos - Jason Bateman
Mek A Nek - Vince Vaughn
King Randor - Christopher Walken
Teela - Mila Kunis
Evil Lyn - Famke Janssen
She-Ra - Christine Taylor
Orko - CGI

And find a spot for Jason Segel and Michael Cera aswell...
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11:47PM on 09/23/2009
I would see it
I would see it
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