Call Skeletor: The He-Man Movie Is Dead

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:17 am,

he man Call Skeletor: The He Man Movie Is DeadIt looks like Warner Bros.’ and Joel Silver’s big-screen adaptation of Grayskull (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, once brought to screen in the 1980s with Dolph Lundgren) is dead, and it looks like several people are at fault.

But none of them are Skeletor.

First up is producer Silver, who is probably one of the most prolific action film producers ever.  His film resume includes Die Hard and Die Harder, the Lethal Weapon films, The Matrix trilogy, and more.  Unfortunately, his relationship with WB soured this year when (among other things), Speed Racer bombed BIG time.  Also, it looks like Lethal Weapon 5 died when he snubbed long-time director Richard Donner to return to helm the film, and Mad Mel Gibson dropped out due to the exclusion of Donner from the project.

Next, it sounds like the script by Justin Marks was pretty awful (although Latino Review liked it).  And on top of that, big-time directors turned the film down – including Bryan Singer.  And finally, the exec who was shepherding the film, Navid McIlhargey?  He left for a sweet position at another company, New Regency.  Without a big-time cheerleader like that behind a movie, it’s DOA.

So it looks like we aren’t getting He-Man on the big screen anytime soon.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. The one thing I never understood about the original cartoon?

    Prince Adam and He-Man looked the same, except for sartorial choices…I mean jeez, at least Clark Kent wore glasses in the comics; they were pathetic as a disguise, but not as pathetic as the Metropolis residents that never realized this.

    So Adam’s disguise?

    He gets zapped by lightning when his sword/lightning rod zaps him, frying his tights and poofy shirt off him to reveal hairy boxer shorts and a big steel training bra; meanwhile his wimpy voice deepens, and the lightning apparently opens up an echo chamber in his chest while frying his volume control.

    In short, Adam has what moms call an “inside voice”, while He-Man has not just an “outside voice”, but a “they-can-hear-you-in-Poughkeepsie-New-York voice”

  2. Thats too bad. I really enjoyed the cartoon. I thought this was going be able to get the bad taste of the Dolph Lundgren movie out of my mouth. Sure the premise is weird, but Im sure people would go see it, if it was done well.

    I guess in the end it was a good thing. Remaking just about every classic property from the 80′s is bound to produce endless amounts of craptastic movies. (I will still hold out hope for Voltron though. If you watched that show, tell me you wouldnt love to hear that theme music play over the loudspeakers in a movie theater.)

  3. Sad thing about that Voltron thing?

    Showed it to a young cousin, age 10…he said that it was a ripoff of Power Rangers’ Zords…

    [*depressed sigh*]

  4. My son said the same thing. Sadly I think alot of people will think that. However I think the Power Rangers connection could help the Voltron movie at the box office. Power Rangers seems to be pretty popular, so obviously at least kids seem to want to see giant animal-like robots fighting. There is definitely an audience for it.

  5. As soon as Transformers 2 hits the screens, the studios will start scrambling for these cartoons again. It may be dead now, but I cant imagine that a cartoon that was as popular as He-Man was in its heyday can be ignored for too much longer.

    All it needs is a fanboy director in the mold of Favreau, someone who isnt in it for the big payoff in the end.

  6. Well, they can say in the trailer: “Before there were Power Rangers” or something to that effect and hopefully people would realize Voltron came first…

  7. I am pleased to hear that the Justin Marks script won’t be getting made. It seems to me that the guys just can’t write a good story. I approve of his idea to make the movie more serious, but he’s so dramatically changing everything about the world that it will be unrecognizable. It’s the same thing he’s tried to do with Voltron.

    Neither script seems to be very good, though I can approve of what he was trying to do with both of them. The problem is, he failed miserably.

  8. As long as they get Evil Lynn right, I’m happy. :D