If you grew up in the 80s, He-Man was the shit, no matter where in the world you lived. Even here in sanction-ridden Apartheid South Africa, we managed to get our grimy paws on what are, probably, history’s most well-known and successful toy franchises after Barbie.
The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys inspired a franchise of cartoons and comic books that, while serving only one purpose for toy make Mattell (i.e. to sell more toys), fed the imaginations of nearly every thirty-something living on the planet today.
In 1987, Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella and Courtney Cox starred in a live-action movie loosely based on the original He-Man and, despite it being about the hero we all knew and loved, it was a massive flop that jaded He-man fans.
The Masters of the Universe franchise has been rebooted quite a few times, with The New Adventures of He-Man in 1990, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe again in 2002. Neither managed to re-capture the allure that the original Filmation series had and all hope was abandoned of a modern re-telling of this classic.
Until this week, that is, when it was announced that G.I. Retaliation director, Jon M. Chu has been brought on to direct a possible live-action He-Man movie called Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe.
I think the world is adopting quiet optimism on this one. We’d all like to see a proper live-action retelling of the stories of He-Man of Eternia, but in a way that sticks with the original source material.
While the 1987 movie was fun, and it allowed us to see He-Man in the flesh, the story detracted so much from what we, as kids, were used to in the He-Man Universe, that it has kind of been forgotten rather than attaining the cult status that it deserved… if it was made right.
There’s very little info out there about this movie. But Sony seems to be serious about it and we’ve got a script in development so we’ll have to wait and see. It’ll be at least 2015 before we see anything on screen… buuuuutt… this is how Avatar and Prometheus started out, so there is hope.
Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.