Grayskull aka He-man aka Masters of the Universe Gets New Writer

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The last time we heard about Warner Bros.’ live-action take on He-Man Masters of the Universe, it was the announcement that John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) had been hired to direct. The script for the movie, now apparently just going by the title “Grayskull”, has gone through a few screenwriters, including go-to comic book guy Justin Marks, and it’s now landed in the lap of newcomer Evan Daugherty, whose only credit is an unproduced screenplay called “Shrapnel”. So, er, I guess that isn’t really a credit, since it’s unproduced and all. Anyways.

Says THR about the WB’s take on the movie:

Warners sees the big-screen version as a gritty fantasy and reimagines Adam as a soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon the magical world of Eternia. There, Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating magic.

No wonder they’re changing the title to “Grayskull”. That description doesn’t sound like a He-Man movie at all. Then again, a He-Man movie ala the cartoons would be pretty silly, almost as silly as that live-action Dolph Lundgren version.

Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures are producing.

Below: In case you forgot about the cartoon, here’s a reminder.

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  • Lynx

    Skeletor is a Magic user, his magical Bovine staff proves it. They must be pertaining to Hordak (She-ra; Princess of power) who uses technology to rule instead of magic.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Nope they mean Skeletor. Warner I think got cold feet after seeing how bad justin Marks’ first film “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” did. However I want to say i have read script reveiws of Marks’ take on Grayskull and it was definitely pretty good. I hope they go closer to that.

  • Lynx

    Skeletor is a Magic user, his magical Bovine staff proves it. They must be pertaining to Hordak (She-ra; Princess of power) who uses technology to rule instead of magic.

    • Dedpool378

      Nope they mean Skeletor. Warner I think got cold feet after seeing how bad justin Marks’ first film “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” did. However I want to say i have read script reveiws of Marks’ take on Grayskull and it was definitely pretty good. I hope they go closer to that.

  • DaleP1979

    I know that they have to do a little reimaging for MOTU, same as with Transformers, or any remake. I can live with that and except it.
    And God knows I dont want this to be like the 80’s live action, which also, pretty much had nothing to do with the cartoon. I would love to see a dark/gritty version, finally!!!
    First of all, if you left the original storyline alone, and left Adam born in Eternia. Leave in the original characters (both good guys and bad), Adam, Skelletor, Man-of-Arms, Battle Cat, all of the evil creatures. Make it dark and serious, instead of funny and cheesy, and you would have an epic sci-fi/ fantasy movie that could produce sequels and relaunch the cartoon to a new generation.

    However, if you are going to change it, at least stick to some of the basics. If Adam is going to be a soldier, at least let him be a soldier for Eternia, dont have him be from Earth and find a magic doorway to Eternia!!!
    And what is up with Skellator have an tech army? He wants to get rid of magic??? He used magic!!! His #1, Evil Lynn, was his sorceress!!!

    I just think that if you change too much, especially the main ideas from that cartoon in the 80’s, you are going to get another movie that Heman fans could care less about. The original movie was fun to watch, because it was so bad.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Check out latinoreview.com’s script review section for the one on Grayskull. Sounded like a good script, until WB got scared when they saw Mark’s first script to film bombed (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). Now they wanna go crazy with it.

  • DaleP1979

    I know that they have to do a little reimaging for MOTU, same as with Transformers, or any remake. I can live with that and except it.
    And God knows I dont want this to be like the 80’s live action, which also, pretty much had nothing to do with the cartoon. I would love to see a dark/gritty version, finally!!!
    First of all, if you left the original storyline alone, and left Adam born in Eternia. Leave in the original characters (both good guys and bad), Adam, Skelletor, Man-of-Arms, Battle Cat, all of the evil creatures. Make it dark and serious, instead of funny and cheesy, and you would have an epic sci-fi/ fantasy movie that could produce sequels and relaunch the cartoon to a new generation.

    However, if you are going to change it, at least stick to some of the basics. If Adam is going to be a soldier, at least let him be a soldier for Eternia, dont have him be from Earth and find a magic doorway to Eternia!!!
    And what is up with Skellator have an tech army? He wants to get rid of magic??? He used magic!!! His #1, Evil Lynn, was his sorceress!!!

    I just think that if you change too much, especially the main ideas from that cartoon in the 80’s, you are going to get another movie that Heman fans could care less about. The original movie was fun to watch, because it was so bad.

    • Deadpool3678

      Check out latinoreview.com’s script review section for the one on Grayskull. Sounded like a good script, until WB got scared when they saw Mark’s first script to film bombed (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). Now they wanna go crazy with it.

  • Christian

    Hello evrybody…

    however it goes….i don’t understand,why the characters are so far from the comic motu at all…i’ve seen the lundgren version…and its pretty fucking sad,that this movie had no really usefull characters like “Hordak”,”Trap Jaw”,”Tri-Klops”…and on the other hand…”Orko”,”Battle Cat”,and many more were missing too…its clear,that the time of the 80’s didn’t have that kind of technical ingredients to make some animations going…but…otherwise,only to say:there will be skeletor,wo leads a “robot-army”…and wants eternia,however it costs…is more than a poor script…i guess,maybe,the same mistake will happen…no characters,and no good story…perhaps…they should read more motu comics first…before yelling:”action!”…

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Did you check out the latinoreview script review? That sounded pretty damned cool. As a fan I don’t think it’s something that translates well exactly as is so some changes have to be made and I really liked what I read. However if they go with this stupid idea they’re pushing now it will be horrid.

  • Christian

    Hello evrybody…

    however it goes….i don’t understand,why the characters are so far from the comic motu at all…i’ve seen the lundgren version…and its pretty fucking sad,that this movie had no really usefull characters like “Hordak”,”Trap Jaw”,”Tri-Klops”…and on the other hand…”Orko”,”Battle Cat”,and many more were missing too…its clear,that the time of the 80’s didn’t have that kind of technical ingredients to make some animations going…but…otherwise,only to say:there will be skeletor,wo leads a “robot-army”…and wants eternia,however it costs…is more than a poor script…i guess,maybe,the same mistake will happen…no characters,and no good story…perhaps…they should read more motu comics first…before yelling:”action!”…

    • Dedpool

      Did you check out the latinoreview script review? That sounded pretty damned cool. As a fan I don’t think it’s something that translates well exactly as is so some changes have to be made and I really liked what I read. However if they go with this stupid idea they’re pushing now it will be horrid.