The new HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE film has been a long time coming but according to The Hollywood Reporter things are finally heating up. Columbia, the studio behind the movie, have hired PREDATORS scribes Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write a screenplay for the upcoming reboot.
Apparently the two writers pitched a treatment which balanced their cinematic vision to Columbia whilst also keeping toy company Mattel satisfied that they wouldn’t disrespect their property. Not an easy task by any means but it must’ve been convincing enough as they have now managed to secure the gig.
HE-MAN, originally a kid’s cartoon about a superhuman prince and his friends defending Castle Grayskull from the evil Skeletor, has so far had a rocky road the screen. Originally the rights were in the hands of Warner Bros. but creative differences between the studio and Mattel caused them to part ways. Whilst at Warners HE-MAN went through several writers and at one point had John Stevenson, who co-directed KUNG FU PANDA, set to direct.
HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is far too early in development for a projected release date but PREDATORS is set for release on the 9th of July.