30 years after the first attempt, Sony is rebooting the Masters of the Universe film franchise with plans for another live-action film based on the homo-erotic toy line launched by Mattel in 1982. He-Man, Skeletor, and Evil-Lyn will be reimagined with 21st Century flair, but it won’t be helmed by action auteur McG (Charlies Angeles) who has been attached to direct the film since the project was first announced in 2016.
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.
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No word yet on who might be invoking the Power of Grayskull, but EW claims many A-List actors are under consideration; Kellan Lutz had previously expressed interest in playing He-Man, but that was back in the McG days, so who knows where the actor stands now.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an exemplar of product-based cartoons in the 1980s, along with the likes of Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Rainbow-Brite. The action figures all resembled bodybuilders with veiny, bulging muscles; most wore speedos. Stroll down Memory Lane with a clip from the cartoon and the trailer for 1987’s Masters of the Universe film (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.
And now, just for kicks, enjoy Stewie from Family Guy riffing on all things Masters of the Universe in the supercut below.