‘Predators’ Duo Writing ‘Masters of the Universe’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:46 am,

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According to Heat Vision Blog, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, who penned the script for Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal’s upcoming Predators reboot, have been hired by Sony Columbia Pictures to write a new script for the long-stalled adaptation of Masters of the Universe.

The only question now is: can the duo do for He-Man what they have seemingly done for the Predators (read: make him awesome and relevant again)?

Master of the Universe has been through a lot of changes in recent years. The film was setup at Warner Bros. for a long time, and went through several starts and stops with different writers and possible directors hopping on and off the project. We last reported that Masters of the Universe had moved to Sony, and we’ve been waiting to hear some new developments ever since. Today marks that day.

Mattel, the toy company which owns the He-Man/Masters of the Universe brand, has been strict in their control over the feature film. Litvak and Finch’s pitch was reportedly epic enough to make Sony happy about the movie’s chances, yet faithful enough to the core brand (likely read: plenty of merchandising opportunity) to keep Mattel happy. But is that the kind of balance He-Man fanboys were hoping for?

Suddenly I’m imagining the two writers in the pitch  meeting, and the words “Just like what Michael Bay did with Transformers,” are pouring out of their mouths. I’m wary about such an approach, to say the least.

Finch and Litvak are experiencing a meteoric rise through the ranks of Hollywood screenwriters. After their spec script, Medieval, made a big splash and attracted some big names, the pair were given the Predators reboot to work on – and, if the reaction we’ve seen to the Predators trailer is any indication, they knocked that project out of the park. Despite my toy-turned-movie trepidation, these guys may be the best thing to happen to this Masters of the Universe movie thusfar.

Still no word on when Columbia is trying to get the story of He-Man and the other heroes of Eternia onscreen for their battle against Skeletor and his minions – hopefully sooner before later.

For now, you can venture into the imaginations of Mike Finch and Alex Litvak when Predators hits the screen on July 9th.

Source: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. The real question is…will Dolph Lungren and Courtney Cox's 80's hairdo return?

  2. Just keep the movie in Eternia and film it like LotR and it could be a trilogy.

  3. So I just have to wonder will this be like “Conan” light for the kiddies market?

  4. Keep it Epic like LOTR with a “bit of grit” like “300″ and it will work. Balancing a Medieval/Barbarian/Magical/High Tech world IS Eternia and it could be done right. Marvel Studios “Thor” is already heading in a similar direction which is great. Orko has to be in it though and they have to find a way to make him funny & cool but not annoying like JaJar Binks.

  5. I think that if they do the movie,they should do it justice,& set it off with the origin story with king grayskull,he-ro,& tytus battling the snake men,then flash forward to when a young barbarian saved this young girl who turned out to be the goddess of eternia,who in turn bestowed the young barbarian with his high tech weapons,(who if you really know the ‘he-man’ history)becomes wun-dar,show some footage of hordak & how the evil horde evolves,then flash forward 100 years to when prince adam was born,then get into keldor/skeletor,& bring the audience up to speed. that would be a movie with dexterity that I would pay 2 go see,whether it was 3-d or not….

  6. Hi Alex,
    Have you graduated from school #48 in Kiev?
    If so, please email me. I have been looking for you.

  7. Im really excited about he-man movie this really could be a trilogy there’s so much story to tell with so many characters,but you can’t have she-ra in there save that for another day,because that’s a completely different story to tell keep it about he-man & skeletor with maybe a hint he had a sibling at once & maybe a nod to hordak somewhere in the film.If the trilogy was successful they could do another trilogy this time with she-ra & hordak possibly even bringing back skeletor in the mix or how bout a prequel trilogy focusing on king greyskull & his battle with king hiss & the snakemen.The possibilities are endless i hope they don’t screw it up.

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