According to Variety, a new live-action He-Man movie is in the works, as the gears are turning over at Sony Pictures.
Two duos will be key to seeing this reboot of the 1987 He-Man movie Masters of the Universe come to life: brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, who are set to direct the film, and Art Marcum and Matt Holloway — the guys behind the upcoming Men in Black: International, which hits theaters June 14 — will be writing it.
The film itself is a partnership between Sony and Mattel Films, the movie branch of the popular toy company that gave us He-Man and all his friends and foes way back in 1984.
While the He-Man franchise started out as a Mattel action figure toy line, it later became a cartoon TV series (from 1983–1985) and eventually a film starring Dolph Lundgren as the most powerful man in the universe, who was constantly butting heads with evil overlord Skeletor. (In the film, Skeletor was played by Frank Langella.)
An early draft of the screenplay for this new He-Man movie was reportedly penned by David S. Goyer (also an EP on this new He-Man movie), known for writing Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, the Blade movies and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. What’s not clear is whether Marcum and Holloway will be rewriting Goyer’s script or starting from scratch.
It’s also unclear whether the tone of the film will be more akin to the seriousness of Nolan’s Batman films or the tongue-in-cheek comedy of the Men in Black films.
Now that we know a new He-Man movie is officially in the works, who do you think should be cast as the hero of Eternia and big baddie Skeletor? And will Evil-Lyn make an appearance? (Our fingers are crossed!)