Sony Reportedly Still Moving Forward with New He-Man Film GRAYSKULL
Published: June 28, 2011 - 1:16pm
According to Sony Vice President DeVon Franklin, Columbia Pictures is still working on getting a new live-action film based on the popular cartoon and toyline character to theaters.
He-Man is a fictional, heroic character featured in the Masters of the Universe cartoon, comic book and action figure franchise. In most variations he is the alter ego of Prince Adam of Eternia and the twin brother of She-R (who went off to have her own popular franchise). He-Man and his friends, including Man-At-Arms and his BattleCat Cringer defend their homeland and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from their enemy Skeletor and his minions.
Several years ago Joel Silver was attached to produce the film at Warner Bros while Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson had signed on to helm the project. Since then, Mattel optioned the He-Man films to Columbia Pictures (a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment) who appear to be dragging their feet getting a working script completed and approved.
Recently, Sony Vice President DeVon Franklin confirmed that the project is moving forward, albeit very slowly: "One of other things I'm really excited about is we're doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I'm praying that we can start figuring out how we're going to make it."
Alex Litvak and Michael Finch were singed on last year to develop the film's screenplay. No director or production start date information has been released.
The first and only time He-Man was given the cinematic treatment was for the 1987 film Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella the villain Skeletor. The animated series that launched the character into popularity, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, is still a widely sought after home release commodity.