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Old 05-23-07, 07:45 PM
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Masters of the Universe - News, rumors, etc.

He-Man returns to big screen
Joel Silver teams with WB for adaptation
By MICHAEL FLEMING

Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are working with Mattel to turn "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" into a live-action film.
Justin Marks is set to write the script. Silver will produce.

Deal, which is contingent on Mattel formally approving an outline for the project, is another example of Hollywood culling a 1980s-era pop-culture touchstone in the hopes of seeding a tentpole pic. The sale comes just a few weeks before the July preem of DreamWorks' Michael Bay-directed "Transformers," which began as an '80s animated series and toy line.

He-Man was born as a Mattel action figure, and the toymaker created an animated series in hopes of selling dolls. The series became a cult favorite, spawning the 1987 pic "Masters of the Universe."

The new rendition was pitched to the studio and Mattel as a classic good vs. evil battle, using the kind of visual effects strategy employed in "300." A warrior is touted as the last hope of a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and a despotic ruler named Skeletor.

Many of the characters in the universe will be informed by the four different cartoon series done since the 1980s.

The story was hatched by Marks and Neil Ellice, the latter of whom will co-produce. Silver Pictures, which is turning the Japanese animated series "Speed Racer" into a live-action film with Larry and Andy Wachowski directing, sparked to the potential. Silver Pictures exec Navid McIlhargey brought it in and will be involved in a producing capacity.

The viability of the "He-Man" universe is evidenced by the traffic that has occurred since rumors of a screen resurrection hit the Internet. Contrary to Web rumor, the lead role has not yet been cast.

WMA-repped Marks is writing a number of scripts, including "One Free Murder," for producer Kevin Misher. In the fantasy-franchise realm, he's turning the animated series "Voltron" into a live-action film for producer Mark Gordon; he's developing a screen version of the vidgame "Street Fighter" for Hyde Park; and he's scripting a feature for Warners based on the DC Comics character the Green Arrow.
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This will be great if they do it right. It's been too long since the wonderful days of Dolph as He-Man.
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Wasn't this a John Woo project?
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Old 05-23-07, 08:08 PM
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I liked the 80s He-Man it was cheesy but fun.
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Old 05-23-07, 08:09 PM
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He-man done 300 style makes me happy in pants....


....but wheres my GI JOE movie?!?!?!!
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Old 05-23-07, 09:21 PM
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I'm excited at this idea. He-Man was my favorite 80s cartoon. The 300-style effects should really let them go wild with the fantasy world of Eternia.

I hope this turns out great. There's actually a lot of potential in 80s cartoon properties as their concepts were often so strong. I imagine that a GI Joe or Thundercats movie can't be far behind
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This one damn well better have Orko in it!

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There was a report, I think on DarkHorizons, a week or so ago, that indicated the producers were hot and heavy on getting Brad Pitt.
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I hope they will include those two-headed dragon machines cloned by Beastman and Trapjaw.
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Originally Posted by flashburn
This one damn well better have Orko in it!

Holy cow I haven't seen that thing since I was 6.
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If they can do it right then I'm in. I didn't like the one they did years ago.
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And not to geek out too early about something like this, but I don't like the way it says the movie will be based on the four cartoon series since the 80's. Does that mean the crappy sci-fi one as well?
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No Dolph = No Sale!!!!
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Brad Pitt would be excellent casting.
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I hope the movie has Faker.
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Now we just need movies of Thundercats, TurboTeen, Saturday Morning Supercade and the Gummi Bears.
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I was more of a Thundarr the Barbarian kid.


And they better not put lips on Skeletor.
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Brad Pitt would be excellent casting.
Sure, if he could gain 100 lbs. Even as Achilles he wasn't nearly big enough to pull off He-Man.
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I though this project was dead. I'll wait till I hear some news about casting, etc. before I get too excited. Yes, Trap Jaw and Beast Man are must-haves in a He-Man film. Also, Battle Cat. They could cast Willem Dafoe as Skeletor and save a ton on CGI too
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it looks like they will hire Ben Stiller to play He-man
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it looks like they will hire Ben Stiller to play He-man
He certainly has the build for it. When he was doing the BSS, he was completely jacked.
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Brad Pitt would be excellent casting.
oh good lord no!
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Prediction: They'll change Adam/He-Man's hair color to black. Then they'll hire Keanu Reeves for the role.
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I think Ryan Hurst looks more appropriate for the role

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