He-Man was one of the great cartoons. Legend has it that Mattel toys had planned to make a toy line based on the Conan The Barbarian movie, but when the film turned out to be violent and kid-unfriendly, they decided to scrap the idea, and instead they used the molds to create He-Man. I’m not sure how true this rumor is, but it’s a damn cool one.
Dolph Lundgren starred in a cheesy 1980’s Masters Of The Universe movie that had little or no relation to the epic cartoon or toy line.
A He-Man film has been in development for years… it is one of the properties that refuses to go away. And now according to Latino Review a script has been handed in to Warner Bros and Silver Pictures by screenwriter Justin Marks that is “‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘The Matrix’ and a little ‘Batman Begins’ thrown in for good measure.”
That could be hyperbole, but it could also be pitch for a really good sci-fi / fantasy epic.
The script deals with the back story of Eternia (He-Man aka Prince Adam’s home planet). It shows us how Skeletor attained his legendary good looks, how Prince Adam becomes the muscle bound He-Man, and more importantly how The Power Sword was created.
There’s no mention of the infamous line “By the power of Grayskull!” but I’m pretty sure that it will be uttered at some point in the film.
The review of the 112 page script by El Mayimbe is passionate and from a fan’s perspective – and although I haven’t seen an episode of He-Man in almost twenty years (yes, I’m that old) it has me quite excited.
It sounds like this could give the new Conan movie a run for its money, and it will be interesting to see which makes it into production first.
File this movie under “One to watch.”
I’ll let you know if there are any developments, and in the meantime head over to Latino Review for the full, er, review. :-)
“I have the power!!”
Source: Latino Review