He-Man Masters of the Universe Back to Basics with new Writers

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For a while there, it looked like He-Man and his muscular sword-swinging pals from Eternia were going to make it back to the big screen in one of those Hollywood bid-budget epics sooner rather than later. A director was even attached, screenwriters were hacking away at various versions of the script, and then just like that, Warner Bros. and Mattel split and the fanboy property was back to square one. Of course, it didn’t take long for He-Man to find a new home with Columbia Pictures/Sony. Even so, it’s taken nearly half a year for any fresh news on He-man.

The latest comes from THR, who reports that new writers have finally been given the task of, once again, adapting the Mattel toyline for the big screen. This time around, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak have come onboard to pen the adaptation for Columbia Pictures. Finch and Litvak are still riding the high of “Predators”, the Robert Rodriguez-produced sequel to the ’80s action hit, and originally made their big splash with “Medieval”, which has itself hit some rocky times with its attached director Rob Cohen now off the project and the film’s state uncertain.

No word yet on the plot that Finch and Litvak will be offering up, but it’s probably a sure bet that the much-discussed “Eternia set on Earth” plot that Justin Marks offered up is no longer viable.

He-Man's secret weapon? 'Roid rage.

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

    Good team. Predators seems pretty good. So I have some hope this won't suck. I'm hoping like Spider-man (The first film built off the Cameron draft) the previous draft will be a launchpad for the new draft,as Justin Marks' script was pretty badass. I just hope they take this seriously and make it Lord of the Rings epic. The universe has that potential. If not I have the 2002 rebooted series. LOL

  • ulik

    I totally agree Dedpool, if they can combine LOTR with “300” for this film but make it not too gritty then it'll work. It'll be interesting to see the Savage/Barbarian/Medieval/Magical elements mixed with “high tech” done well. Marvel's Thor is already exploring a semi futuristic Medieval/Viking element.

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

    Yeah I can't wait for Thor. But this would be crazy epic if done right. I agree a bit of “300” needs to be thrown in. The 2002 show did an amazing job of mixing storytelling and action. Andthe Justin Marks script evoked the little kid giddiness I had when I first got the toys. Go to Latinoreview.com and cc2k.us as they both had reviews of the sscript. His Voltron was decidedly different from the tv show but still damned good. It paid homage to the original, but it was it's own story. RIghtly so as Voltron was basically canibalized from the original Go-Lion anime.

  • ulik

    Yeah, speaking of Voltron, supposedly it's back to being worked on again for live action. I hated Power Rangers when they came out because of how they got away with stealing the Voltron idea. They're also talking about making it an international cast which is great cuz most Manga and Anime artists still have a serious problem with diversity,stereotyping black characters and creating mostly all white characters for their media. It's changed a little but you can still see a lot of blatant racism in it and their obsession with characters with Caucasian features. What was so cool about Street Fighter was the fact that it was so diverse even though they still had two stupid black characters and no Latinos. “King of Fighters” had one Latino which correct me if I'm wrong was Robert Garcia, right?

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

    This is true. ALthough By Super Street Fighter we got Dee Jay. SFII had Balrog (or Bison in Japan). Hell SF had had Joe (who some say is Balrog). So Actually you're wrong about no black fighters. Latino, well I think El Fuerte in SFIV was the first other than Vega the SPanish Ninja in SFII

    Also Power Rangers though it appeared in America long after Voltron didn't rip it off. It was actual like the 7th or 8th show of it's kind and they were created around the sametime, if not before the original Go-Lion anime aired, the late 70's. Those shows, known as sentai, have been running for 20+ years and is why PR is still going today. We just import the latest show, film some hot young actors faking martial arts (or doing real martial arts) get the costumes and mix and match with stock footage to make our own shows.

    Hope you don't think I'm shooting you down. Just clarifying LoL

  • ulik

    No I don't think your shooting me down at all, that was informative. I did say that Street Fighter had black characters in it. Well actually Street Fighter I had Mike, then Street Fighter II had Balrog which was actually M.Bison in Japan but they didn't want to get sued or get beat up by Mike Tyson for using his likeness with a similar name. When I said two black characters I meant Balrog and Deejay. But yeah I forgot about Vega he is Latino but I meant Hispanic but you know what I mean. I think if they would have had a black student with long dreadlocks who went to the Sheng Long school with Ken and Ryu that would have been a good look. I love the Street Fighter Anime too. I wonder what studio could finally get a live action version done right. Like how the people who made Kung Fu Hustle and Shoalin Soccer should have made the Dragon Ball movie.

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

    LoL. I meant Mike not joe, and yeah i reread the comment. My bad. As for doing a SF film right, they'd really need to take a note from the Tekken and Mortal Kombat films, where the film is still a tournament but they wove a lil character into it. I think if they did it right the film should follow Ryu and Ken as they seek to improve and test their skills in the tournament building on their friendship and rivalry, as well as following CHun-Li and Guile's infiltration into the tournament to get to Bison for his crimes. That's it. Simple and to the point. Everyone would be featured even if it's only in a two minute fight, but we'd see everyone we know and love. Then get the crazy climactic end battle. Chun-Li vs Brainwashed Cammy, Ryu and Ken Vs Bison, Guile Vs Sagat.

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

    This is true. ALthough By Super Street Fighter we got Dee Jay. SFII had Balrog (or Bison in Japan). Hell SF had had Joe (who some say is Balrog). So Actually you're wrong about no black fighters. Latino, well I think El Fuerte in SFIV was the first other than Vega the SPanish Ninja in SFII

    Also Power Rangers though it appeared in America long after Voltron didn't rip it off. It was actual like the 7th or 8th show of it's kind and they were created around the sametime, if not before the original Go-Lion anime aired, the late 70's. Those shows, known as sentai, have been running for 20+ years and is why PR is still going today. We just import the latest show, film some hot young actors faking martial arts (or doing real martial arts) get the costumes and mix and match with stock footage to make our own shows.

    Hope you don't think I'm shooting you down. Just clarifying LoL

  • ulik

    No I don't think your shooting me down at all, that was informative. I did say that Street Fighter had black characters in it. Well actually Street Fighter I had Mike, then Street Fighter II had Balrog which was actually M.Bison in Japan but they didn't want to get sued or get beat up by Mike Tyson for using his likeness with a similar name. When I said two black characters I meant Balrog and Deejay. But yeah I forgot about Vega he is Latino but I meant Hispanic but you know what I mean. I think if they would have had a black student with long dreadlocks who went to the Sheng Long school with Ken and Ryu that would have been a good look. I love the Street Fighter Anime too. I wonder what studio could finally get a live action version done right. Like how the people who made Kung Fu Hustle and Shoalin Soccer should have made the Dragon Ball movie.

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

    LoL. I meant Mike not joe, and yeah i reread the comment. My bad. As for doing a SF film right, they'd really need to take a note from the Tekken and Mortal Kombat films, where the film is still a tournament but they wove a lil character into it. I think if they did it right the film should follow Ryu and Ken as they seek to improve and test their skills in the tournament building on their friendship and rivalry, as well as following CHun-Li and Guile's infiltration into the tournament to get to Bison for his crimes. That's it. Simple and to the point. Everyone would be featured even if it's only in a two minute fight, but we'd see everyone we know and love. Then get the crazy climactic end battle. Chun-Li vs Brainwashed Cammy, Ryu and Ken Vs Bison, Guile Vs Sagat.