Last week, we brought you the latest news on Sony’s planned live-action adaptation of the Masters of the Universe cartoon from the 1980’s. This will be the second the second time the residents of Eternia are being given the feature film treatment: Some may remember the 1987 Masters of the Universe feature film, which featured Dolph Lundgren as homo-erotic He-Man and Frank Langella as supreme villain Skeletor.
While Skeletor was often portrayed as a bumbling, ineffectual leader, the character was much darker in the 1987 film. Gone was the purple and powder blue color scheme in favor of ominous black robes. The character and Langella’s performance are regarded as highlights of the film, and the actor has stated Skeletor was one of his favorite roles. Check him out in the trailer for 1987’s Masters of the Universe, directed by Gary Goddard, below.
Official Synopsis: When the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) finds a mysterious power called the Cosmic Key, he becomes nearly invincible. However, courageous warrior He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) locates inventor Gwildor (Billy Barty), who created the Key and has another version of it. During a battle, one of the Keys is transported to Earth, where it is found by teenagers Julie (Courteney Cox) and Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill). Now both He-Man and Skeletor’s forces arrive on Earth searching for the potent weapon.
So have you ever wondered what Skeletor looked like before he was, you know, a buff skeleton? While his origin story is complex and depends on the source (mini-comics, cartoon series, comic books, rebooted cartoon series, etc.) we know these things for certain: Skeletor comes from another dimension and his name was Keldor. Some MotU storylines insinuate he’s He-Man’s uncle, but when he appeared in an origin story back in 2002, he sported purple skin and blue hair, making this connection tenuous.
Have a look at Keldor (which sounds like a slurred version of Skeletor) in an abbreviated version of the 2002 origin story below. Who knew he was such a lady-killer?
McG is no longer attached to the movie and Sony is meeting with directors, EW has learned from a source familiar with production, who also says David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) is writing the screenplay for the event film. While the studio looks for new leadership behind the camera, EW has confirmed that Sony has scheduled the movie for a Dec. 18, 2019 release.