Mattel’s big screen reboot of Masters of the Universe has been in the works for what seems like ages. Warner Bros. had first dibs on the project when the studio started development back in 2007. From there, Sony took over in 2009 with producer Joel Silver at the helm. However, the two couldn’t come to an agreement on the creative direction of the film and eventually parted ways.
Various writers have since tried to get a live-action He-Man movie off the ground. Everyone from Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and, more recently, Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) have tackled writing a draft. And now a new name has been added to the list, as Sony starts up their latest attempt to get the movie into theaters.
Variety reports that Thor 2 scribe Christopher Yost is now on board to do a rewrite on Masters of the Universe. One assumes that a rewrite means Yost won’t be starting over from scratch, but simply picking up where the other writers left off.
No word on the storyline either, though presumably the script will follow the same outline as the animated series, which aired between 1983 and 1985. Set on the planet of Eternia, Prince Adam has the power to transform himself into He-Man, the strongest man in the universe. He uses his powers to fight Skeletor and stop the villain from conquering Castle Grayskull.
To his credit, Yost may well be a blockbuster screenwriter on the rise, as his input on Thor: The Dark World impressed Marvel enough they then hired him to co-write Thor: Ragnarok with Craig Kyle, whom he has worked with in the past.
So, after taking on Asgard, Yost seems to be the perfect person to develop yet another blond alien on another fantastical world. He also clearly has the chops to take on He-Man, what with his extensive resume that includes writing comics for Marvel and DC, as well as his work on several animated television series.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited for Masters of the Universe to move forward? Do you think Yost is just what the movie needs? Let us know in the comments.
We’ll keep you updated on Masters of the Universe as more information is made available.