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Kal-El
10-04-04, 02:49 PM
From Superherohype (http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=2063):

John Woo to Direct & Produce He-Man
Source: Variety October 4, 2004


Variety reports that Fox 2000 has set John Woo ("Paycheck") to direct and produce He-Man, a live-action film based on the characters in Mattel's "Masters of the Universe" line of action figures. Adam Rifkin will adapt the screenplay.

Originally made into an animated series in 1983, the property was also adapted into a live-action film in 1987 called Masters of the Universe, which starred Dolph Lundgren as the hero and Frank Langella as Skeletor.

He-Man began life as Prince Adam, the hybrid of an Earthling and an Eternian. At the age of 18, he was taken to Castle Grayskull, where Adam received super powers. He-Man has a sidekick in the form of a tiger, Battle Cat, and a deadly enemy, Skeletor.

Woo is also attached to direct The Rock in the video game adaptation "Spy-Hunter" for Universal Pictures.

Dr. DVD
10-04-04, 03:19 PM
And his American backslide continues. :(

Trigger
10-04-04, 03:22 PM
It's both tragicly sad and hilarious to see him whore himself out for a buck in Hollywood when he was once a highly respected director whose name was synonymous with asian gun-fu movies.

fumanstan
10-04-04, 03:31 PM
I can't picture He-Man holding guns in two hands shoot diving :(

Groucho
10-04-04, 03:34 PM
fumanstan beat me to the joke. I'm done.

devilshalo
10-04-04, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by fumanstan
I can't picture He-Man holding guns in two hands shoot diving :(

C'mon.. just think about Man-At-Arms doing that. :D

Jackskeleton
10-04-04, 03:46 PM
Wasn't he also attached to Metriod? Seems like smoke blowing.

Trigger
10-04-04, 03:48 PM
Jon Woo = Uwe Boll

Rivero
10-04-04, 04:23 PM
Woo, babe. Give it up. It ain't worth it. Save what credibility you have left from your groundbreaking Chinese work and abort this project. American recognition isn't what it's fuckin cracked up to be. Trust me. Just abort, man, and go back to what you did best and what people loved you for.

majorjoe23
10-04-04, 04:25 PM
And what about him directing a live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I'll take this annoucement just like I do everything I hear from Quentin Tarrantino: I'll believe it when I see the first preview.

GuessWho
10-04-04, 04:58 PM
Carson Kressley of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' NEEDS to play Prince Adam!!

He already has the hair; and I'm sure he'd find the pink vest and light purple tights just glorious!

harosa
10-04-04, 05:27 PM
Isnt this like the 10th thing he's attached to? And Trigger, Woo's worst film will be 100 times better than anything Boll ever does.

darqleo
10-04-04, 05:39 PM
John Woo seems attached to a lot of 80's cartoon/video game movies. When's he going to start making 'em???
;)

darqleo
10-04-04, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by Rivero
Woo, babe. Give it up. It ain't worth it. Save what credibility you have left from your groundbreaking Chinese work and abort this project. American recognition isn't what it's fuckin cracked up to be. Trust me. Just abort, man, and go back to what you did best and what people loved you for.

Agreed. He needs to stop it with the Hollywood action cr!pfests and go back to writing AND directing his movies. Where's the story and heart among all that action???

I was a big Woo fan until he came over to America. HARD TARGET's director cut (I have an "archived" version on VHS) was OK if you can deal with Jean Claude Van Damme's acting... BROKEN ARROW was a good extended action scene, but thin on plot... FACE OFF was his best American movie if you can suspend disbelief with the face changing, but other then that..... geezus.

Plus he's becoming a parody of himself, you can almost guarantee flying doves (or other bird) and slo-mo gun battles, with somebody holding 2 pistols at one point.
For He-Man, maybe he'll have Stratos flying in slo-motion while Man-At-Arms is firing two laser pistols?
;)

C.H.U.D.
10-04-04, 07:01 PM
Woo should take what he has left of his talent and go back home where he can actually make good movies.

tofu
10-04-04, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by GuessWho
Carson Kressley of 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' NEEDS to play Prince Adam!!

:lol: I'm just trying to imagine him fighting alongside Teela and Man at Arms and telling him that he can't wear that into battle.

Michael Corvin
10-04-04, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by harosa
Isnt this like the 10th thing he's attached to? And Trigger, Woo's worst film will be 100 times better than anything Boll ever does.

Originally posted by darqleo
John Woo seems attached to a lot of 80's cartoon/video game movies. When's he going to start making 'em???
;)

Originally posted by Jackskeleton
Wasn't he also attached to Metriod? Seems like smoke blowing.

lol. I was thinking about starting a thread about how confused John Woo is. I don't think he has a clue what to do next.

Spy Hunter?
He-Man?
Metroid?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Pick one John. I bet he is looking for his own franchise.

jaeufraser
10-04-04, 08:35 PM
Actually I was really pulling for John Woo's Pac Man.

theneobez
10-04-04, 08:51 PM
Originally posted by Kal-El
From Superherohype (http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=2063):
John Woo ("Paycheck")

LOL
'nuff said.

Love Face/Off and his Hong Kong movies, but his decline is really laughable at this point.

eisenreich
10-04-04, 08:54 PM
Wow, definitely wore out my laserdisc copy of the animated movie as a kid. Can't see this doing well, even though skeletor was pretty bad ass

Sunday Morning
10-04-04, 10:28 PM
When will john woo direct himself back to hong kong and make more substantial movies like he did before he came to america to direct jean claude van damage?
Fortune cookie says: Not anytime soon.

Phyre
10-04-04, 10:43 PM
Er, isn't Woo going to China to shoot the largest Mainland production ever, of Romance of the Three Kingdoms?

demonio
10-05-04, 02:10 AM
I'm looking forward to it......cause I HAVE THE POWER!!

harosa
10-05-04, 04:54 AM
Phyre, just add that also to things he is attached to. I can only disparage his choices, not his talent, in everything he has done (even in his worst films yes, even some HK ones and that laughable Lundgren one he did)), there's a glimmer or piece of gold in one or two action beats. Everyone just has to face the fact that the man doesnt want to go back and make films in HK, maybe he'll write and direct something here although the genre he excels in has been ground to death here, although if anyone can resurrect the form its him.

ytrez
10-05-04, 07:56 AM
From the Killer to He-Man.

My, how the mighty have fallen:(

wordtoyamotha
10-05-04, 09:19 AM
This is great news....because we now might see the animated series on dvd!!! :up:

mdc3000
10-05-04, 10:55 AM
GOSHDARNIT!!!!!!!! One of my "Dream Projects" when I eventually get to make big budget Hollywood fare... son of a bitch... Woo better do this right!

MATT

scott shelton
10-05-04, 10:57 AM
Originally posted by mdc3000
GOSHDARNIT!!!!!!!! One of my "Dream Projects" when I eventually get to make big budget Hollywood fare... son of a bitch... Woo better do this right!

MATT

Uh, no offense, but I'll take Woo's vision for the project over yours.

El-Kabong
10-05-04, 03:16 PM
Wow - what a bunch of hate.

Me, I thought the cartoon was fun (in a special 80's cheesy kind of way), so I would gladly drop 6 bones to see Woo's version.

demonio
10-05-04, 03:58 PM
http://members.lycos.co.uk/wesvance/hemanmovie.jpg

zooiiks
10-05-04, 03:58 PM
There is only one way this movie can be a success:

All Moss Man all the time

Artman
10-05-04, 04:05 PM
I wonder if this would be better as a CG film. (realistic of course, a la FFantasy) It'd be expensive, but i'd imagine a live-action would be too.

jaeufraser
10-05-04, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by Artman
I wonder if this would be better as a CG film. (realistic of course, a la FFantasy) It'd be expensive, but i'd imagine a live-action would be too.

Eh, I'm of the opinion doing "realistic" like FInal Fantasy is just pointless. It's expensive, and really has no point. Might as well just get actors and green screen the whole thing.

Nonetheless, there's just nothing in Woo's resume that tells me he could do a movie like this. If it doesn't invovle guns or vehicles chasing each other, it just doesn't sound good for Woo. Woo's films in HK were awesome, but it's cause they were awesome action movies with tons of visual style. That's his thing, I can appreciate him trying to do new things, but he just ain't good at it.

Michael Corvin
10-06-04, 12:09 AM
Originally posted by jaeufraser
Eh, I'm of the opinion doing "realistic" like FInal Fantasy is just pointless. It's expensive, and really has no point. Might as well just get actors and green screen the whole thing.


I disagree. When a 'real' film incorporates heavy CGI it becomes obvious, stands out and detracts from the movie. But with an all CGI film that will never happen.

Perkinsun Dzees
10-06-04, 02:26 AM
HE-MAN would be a waste of John Woo's talents. But I'd love to see him tackle a bigscreen version of UNDERDOG.

http://us.st8.yimg.com/store1.yimg.com/I/wickedcoolstuff_1809_33580350

Jackskeleton
10-06-04, 03:20 AM
I couldn't imagine how anyone could ruin Underdog. But I'm sure Woo will find a way.

King Jaspo
10-06-04, 08:49 AM
Woo is making a buck. Sorry, but if I had the opportunity I wouldn't pass it up.

At the same time, the money he is farming should give him the chance to make what ever he wants.

To bad he doesn't make movies I want to see. *shrug* At least he is making a buck. I don't think we will ever see another "Hard Boiled" from him.

GuessWho
10-06-04, 10:19 AM
It was meant as a joke, but Triple H fits He-Man perfectly! :up:

John Spartan
10-06-04, 10:37 AM
Originally posted by jaeufraser

Nonetheless, there's just nothing in Woo's resume that tells me he could do a movie like this. If it doesn't invovle guns or vehicles chasing each other, it just doesn't sound good for Woo. Woo's films in HK were awesome, but it's cause they were awesome action movies with tons of visual style. That's his thing, I can appreciate him trying to do new things, but he just ain't good at it.

Woo had never done a good vehicle chase until MI2, but that one was one of the finest chase scenes ever. On the other hand, he wasn't great with the wide open, huge scale battle scenes in Windtalkers. Yet the closeup fighting was great. Bottomline, you never know with this guy.

By the way, he came up on swordplay/martial arts flicks, which is what I think He-Man will essentially turn into.

LorenzoL
10-06-04, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by ytrez
From the Killer to He-Man.

My, how the mighty have fallen:(

My thoughts exactly.

John Woo should follow Jackie Chan's lead and go to Hong Kong to create better movies.
Can't believe that this is the same guy that directed "The Killer" and "Hardboiled". What happened???

Derrich
10-06-04, 08:46 PM
For a while I didn't mind John Woo's bad American films. Hell, if I had come from HK and they were shoving money at me to make goofy movies, I'd be making Care Bear sequels left and right. But enough is enough. I'm starting to wonder if John Woo still has it in him to make really good movies anymore.

D

GuessWho
10-06-04, 09:41 PM
Why does everyone assume He-Man will suck?

Jackskeleton
10-06-04, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by GuessWho
Why does everyone assume He-Man will suck?

Because while it worked when we were childern in the 80's. Looking at any episode now makes you really question the whole sexual nature of the show.

It just doesn't look like a good translation.

mdc3000
10-06-04, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by scott shelton
Uh, no offense, but I'll take Woo's vision for the project over yours.

Sure dude...your loss.

MATT

darqleo
10-06-04, 11:36 PM
I wonder if Woo will be a purist and keep reusing the same action shots of He-Man over and over again like in the cartoon.

Defiant1
10-07-04, 11:06 AM
He should just team up with Chow Yun-Fat again and make a kickass gun-fu movie. Not this He-Man or Spyhunter crap.

Goldberg74
12-24-04, 12:18 PM
I'd give it a try... for nostalgia's sake. For some reason, neither The Rock or Triple H (Paul Michael Levesque) do it for me. Dolph was a good fit, as long as he kept his mouth shut.

Oh, one of my students pointed out these redesign concepts some one did as part of a contest. Take a look... they are quite twisted.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=32872

Cameron
12-24-04, 02:41 PM
if they put Rasslers in it, count me out


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