Last May, we announced 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.
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 homoerotic He-Man and Frank Langella as supreme villain Skeletor.
Yesterday was the film’s 30th Anniversary, so it seemed like the perfect time to brush up on our Masters of the Universe trivia. Enter the folks from CineFix, who honored the movie with an awesome video list: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Masters of the Universe! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
If you can’t stream, I’ve listed & briefly summarized each bit of trivia below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Masters of the Universe is an 80s cult classic, and today marks its 30th Anniversary! Check out the lesser-known trivia we discovered, and let us know if there are any other 80s classics you’d like us to cover in the comments!
Orco had to be left out to have a character who could do magic and fly around. These were the early days of CGI and special FX were expensive.
The production almost burned down a high school gymnasium where portions of the movie were filmed.
The film had a $17M budget; despite being a sizeable chunk of money in the 1980s, the film’s ambition proved a drain, and funds were spread thin.
Production went over schedule and over budget forcing producers to pull the plug before the film was finished. Director Gary Goddard eventually had to contribute his own money to have Masters of the Universe completed 2 months later.
There was a promotional tie-in where a fan was flown out to be in the film. By the time contest winner Richard Szponder) was flown out, however, all the parts on Earth had been cast. This is where how the “Pigboy” character was born; look for him in the credits!
The production caused significant property damage in Whittier, where exterior nighttime scenes were filmed.
The same businesses damaged during the filming of Masters of the Universe were destroyed later that same year in the Whittier Quake of 1987.
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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.