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

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and Litvak are still riding the high of “Predators”, the Robert Rodriguez-produced sequel to the ’80s action hit, and originally made their big splash with “Medieval”, which has itself hit some rocky times with its attached director Rob Cohen now off the project and the film’s state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.

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  • Mysterwright

    No discrediting any opinions but to throw my own two cents in, I think the movie should be set on Eternia. If you want to have ties to Earth, that’s fine but have it be in continuity where the origin of He-Man tells of Queen Marlena traveling as an astronaut from Earth to Eternia where she fell in love with Prince Adam’s father, King Randor. The last movie from 1987 was set on Earth and it’d have been otherwise great… were it a New Gods movie. That it was supposed to be He-Man with all this other junk thrown in? Eh, not so much. If you take He-Man out of his element when you’re supposed to be introducing this character, you lose why the audience is supposed to care about him at all. I mean in the 1980′s there were dozens of his clones lumbering up and down Venice Beach and on TV weekly battling each other on pro wrestling. He-Man doesn’t stand out on earth. In his element though, he’s the man. You know why you care because alot relies on him. How can he defend Castle Greyskull from Skeletor if they’re both on Earth? Any of his cronies could do his bidding with He-Man having his back turned. You have to stay true to the origins. If not, it might as well be a musical with He-Man singing Smooth Criminal to Skeletor and Evil Lyn’s I’m A Little Bit Country duet. You have been warned.

  • Mysterwright

    No discrediting any opinions but to throw my own two cents in, I think the movie should be set on Eternia. If you want to have ties to Earth, that’s fine but have it be in continuity where the origin of He-Man tells of Queen Marlena traveling as an astronaut from Earth to Eternia where she fell in love with Prince Adam’s father, King Randor. The last movie from 1987 was set on Earth and it’d have been otherwise great… were it a New Gods movie. That it was supposed to be He-Man with all this other junk thrown in? Eh, not so much. If you take He-Man out of his element when you’re supposed to be introducing this character, you lose why the audience is supposed to care about him at all. I mean in the 1980′s there were dozens of his clones lumbering up and down Venice Beach and on TV weekly battling each other on pro wrestling. He-Man doesn’t stand out on earth. In his element though, he’s the man. You know why you care because alot relies on him. How can he defend Castle Greyskull from Skeletor if they’re both on Earth? Any of his cronies could do his bidding with He-Man having his back turned. You have to stay true to the origins. If not, it might as well be a musical with He-Man singing Smooth Criminal to Skeletor and Evil Lyn’s I’m A Little Bit Country duet. You have been warned.

  • Mysterwright

    No discrediting any opinions but to throw my own two cents in, I think the movie should be set on Eternia. If you want to have ties to Earth, that’s fine but have it be in continuity where the origin of He-Man tells of Queen Marlena traveling as an astronaut from Earth to Eternia where she fell in love with Prince Adam’s father, King Randor. The last movie from 1987 was set on Earth and it’d have been otherwise great… were it a New Gods movie. That it was supposed to be He-Man with all this other junk thrown in? Eh, not so much. If you take He-Man out of his element when you’re supposed to be introducing this character, you lose why the audience is supposed to care about him at all. I mean in the 1980′s there were dozens of his clones lumbering up and down Venice Beach and on TV weekly battling each other on pro wrestling. He-Man doesn’t stand out on earth. In his element though, he’s the man. You know why you care because alot relies on him. How can he defend Castle Greyskull from Skeletor if they’re both on Earth? Any of his cronies could do his bidding with He-Man having his back turned. You have to stay true to the origins. If not, it might as well be a musical with He-Man singing Smooth Criminal to Skeletor and Evil Lyn’s I’m A Little Bit Country duet. You have been warned.

  • Mysterwright

    No discrediting any opinions but to throw my own two cents in, I think the movie should be set on Eternia. If you want to have ties to Earth, that’s fine but have it be in continuity where the origin of He-Man tells of Queen Marlena traveling as an astronaut from Earth to Eternia where she fell in love with Prince Adam’s father, King Randor. The last movie from 1987 was set on Earth and it’d have been otherwise great… were it a New Gods movie. That it was supposed to be He-Man with all this other junk thrown in? Eh, not so much. If you take He-Man out of his element when you’re supposed to be introducing this character, you lose why the audience is supposed to care about him at all. I mean in the 1980′s there were dozens of his clones lumbering up and down Venice Beach and on TV weekly battling each other on pro wrestling. He-Man doesn’t stand out on earth. In his element though, he’s the man. You know why you care because alot relies on him. How can he defend Castle Greyskull from Skeletor if they’re both on Earth? Any of his cronies could do his bidding with He-Man having his back turned. You have to stay true to the origins. If not, it might as well be a musical with He-Man singing Smooth Criminal to Skeletor and Evil Lyn’s I’m A Little Bit Country duet. You have been warned.