He-Man has certainly had a long and treacherous road back to theaters. Best known for the animated series that ran from 1983 to 1985, the Masters of the Universe franchise was previously adapted into a live-action adventure starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987, and the latest buzz now places director Jon Chu - whose G.I. Joe: Retaliation was pushed to a March 2013 release - in talks to helm the long-in-development reboot.
With buzz of He-Man’s return circulating the industry, IGN recently caught up with Lundgren and asked his thoughts on the potential Masters of the Universe reboot and if he’d be open to taking part in it.
Here’s what Lundgren had to say:
"Yeah. I think it’s a good idea. I think He-Man is a cool character, and I had fun doing [the movie]. I wouldn’t want to take my shirt off again for three months, wearing that… diaper or whatever it was I was wearing, loincloth. I’d rather play the king. But yeah, good idea. All of these old superheroes are coming back, and I’m sure that’s one that people could enjoy."
The 54-year-old actor is probably a bit past the point of playing the title character, but a supporting role or even a cameo seems like a possibility and might help endear older fans to the new version. Plus, with his appearances in The Expendables and its upcoming sequel, today’s kids are becoming more and more familiar with Lundgren’s work as well.
Whether or not Lundgren ultimately takes part in the production, the fact that people are talking about He-Man again is a good sign for Masters of the Universe fans everywhere. With its combination of medieval influences and sorcery/magic, a revamped Masters of the Universe - minus the 1980s kitsch that likely hurt the original film’s box office - could very well tap into the same audience that has embraced Marvel’s Thor. However, with the recent relaunch (and subsequent failure) of another classic character in last year’s Conan the Barbarian, the script will have to be pitch-perfect to reach old fans and inspire new ones.
The project has already been declared dead in the past (before its rights were picked up Sony), and writers Alex Litvak and Michael Finch (Predators) are - last we heard - still at work on the script. So, those of you hoping to see Skeletor, Man-at-Arms, Teela and Evil-Lyn join He-Man back in theaters still might get your wish.
Check back here for updates on the Masters of the Universe reboot as this story develops.
Meanwhile, The Expendables 2 - starring Lundgren and fellow old-school action icons Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme - hits theaters on August 17th, 2012.