Monday, April 12, 2010

Stalled 'He-Man' Film Gets New Writers

Originally titled "Grayskull," the new "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" film seems to be coming back to life.

The film has been through a lot of changes in recent years. The film was originally setup at Warner Bros. for a long time, and went through several starts and stops with different writers and possible directors hopping on and off the project. The last news about the film had it leave Warner Bros. and move to Sony (owner of Columbia Pictures).

According to Heat Vision, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, the writers behind the upcoming "Predators" reboot, have signed on to script an adaptation of "Masters of the Universe" for Columbia.

"Masters of the Universe" is based on the Mattel toy line revolving around He-Man, a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical land being ravaged by the evil Skeletor.

Matte has been strict in their control over the feature film and Litvak and Finch’s pitch was reportedly good enough to make Sony happy about the movie’s chances, yet faithful enough to the core brand (likely read: plenty of merchandising opportunity) to keep Mattel happy.

Still no word on when Columbia is trying to get the story of He-Man and the other heroes of Eternia onscreen for their battle against Skeletor and his minions – hopefully sooner before later.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, Rope of Silicon, UGO Movie Blog


Mikey said...

I remember reading about "Grayskull" when it was sort of going to be like "300". I'm glad there's some new activity, though. I'd actually like to see an update on this one, believe it or not.

People give me hell for it, but I love anything Masters of the Universe related. Even the 1987 movie holds some bit of charm for me...partially because Frank Langella was a total badass as Skeletor.

Head Hero said...

I can't remember the last time I watched the old "Masters of the Universe" film, but I do remember Langella playing up that Skeletor role.

Hopefully this film will get into production sometime in the next decade...