MTV MovieBlog has an interview with screenwriter Justin Marks, who explains his approach for adapting the HE-MAN afternoon cartoon franchise into a feature film titled GRAYSKULL:
“I grew up on the ‘He-Man’ cartoon and watched ‘He-Man’ six days a week. The notion that I think we most took from the cartoon are the characters, and trying to find a way that is true to them,” he said of his planned adaptation, which is currently in development at Warner Brothers. “Now, at the same time, we had to come up with why that is the way it is. I mean you’re talking about sword-and-sandal meets science fiction meets fantasy meets everything, and how does that all kind of blend into the same world? And so we had to come up with very specific rules that explained why Trapjaw looks the way he looks, and why Cyclops — who is awesome — looks the way he looks.”
Call it the “Batman Begins-ification” of He-Man, the shift of tone that helped make “The Dark Knight” so wildly successful, and is now being copied in varying degrees with reinventions of characters as diverse as Robocop, James Bond, and Red Sonja.
I’m not sure it will work, but it can’t be much worse than the 1987 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie, with Dolph Lungren as He-Man (although at least that had the benefit of Frank Langella as Skeletor).