John Stevenson to Direct He-Man Movie

Wow, when was the last time we heard anything about the He-Man live-action movie? So long ago, in fact, that it now seems a tad optimistic on my part for slotting the movie as a 2009 release. Yeah, right, not gonna happen. We’re looking at a 2010 at the earliest here, folks. That is, if you’re one of those people who are looking forward to a live-action He-Man movie. If you are one of those people, rejoice, because Warner Bros. has hired a director: John Stevenson, who last co-directed “Kung Fu Panda”, will be taking the directorial reins on the picture.

THR has more:

The show, made in partnership with toy company Mattel, was known for the image of blond-haired Prince Adam on top of a mountain uttering the magic words, “By the power of Grayskull, I have the power,” and turning into the heroic He-Man. He-Man and his allies — Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms and Orko — defended their planet Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor, who tried week after week to conquer a fortress known as Castle Grayskull, which imbued He-Man with his powers.

Justin Marks penned the script, which skews more toward gritty fantasy and reimagines Adam as a soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon magical world called Eternia. There, a being called Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating all traces of magic.

The last time I saw a He-man cartoon, I was still doing homework on my pillow while camped out in front of the tube, so yeah, it’s been a while. This will actually be the second time He-Man has made it as a live-action movie. Dolph Lundgren was the furry shorts wearing hero in 1987’s “Masters of the Universe”. That one, er, wasn’t so well received.

Obviously a faithful translation of the cartoon won’t be possible. Besides the whole furry shorts issue, I mean, the whole cartoon was just kind of weird looking, wasn’t it? It’ll be interesting to see how they “adapt” it.

Below: “By the power of Gray — er, I’m so out of shape. Anyone got snacks?”