John Stevenson to Direct He-Man Movie

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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?”

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  • Black Raptor

    Oh joy after reading this article its no wonder He-man never gets any credit time an time again new writers murder a perfectly good story an make it garbage for those of u who dont know He-man the story does start on Earth but not with Adam but his mother Marlena who in the future is a famous an revered astronaut who happens upon a worm hole in space that takes her to the center of our universe in the middle of an asteroid storm which causes severe damage to her craft. She crash lands on Eternia where King Randor finds her an helps her to get back to Earth but in time sMarlena an Randor fall in love an give birth to twins Prince Adam and Princess Adora who later throught destiny become the protectors not just of Eternia an Etheria but the entire universe. As for Skeletor a mad magician who is hell bent not on destroying Castle Greyskull but obtaining it for with in Grey Skull lies the secrets of the universe an the power of creation its self HE’S NOT OUT TA DESTROY MAGIC he uses magic him self prefering it over technology unlike his counter part an teacher Hordak who is Princess Adora’s archnemesis so in short this is what He-man is not some guy named Justin Marks like so many have taken a beautiful a lush story plot an hacked it ta pieces just so they can go “LOOK WHAT I DID!” yes we know u suck get over ur self an do it right “Nuff said!”-Stan Lee

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

      Lol. That was great. I own all of the 2002 revamp which was freaking amazing. Great art, amazing action, and stories that actually drew you in. Even if they don’t have the cannon origina which you pretty muched summed up, it woudlnt be that bad…until they get to the whole Skeletor hates magic thing. If anything he should be trying to destroy all OTHER magic so his will be the sole power on Eternia, and the ONLY way to access Grayskull. The Sword, which in the revamp was retooled (though it was never stated in the show, just in the commentaries) as a technological way of accessing said power after most of the magic in the world had been destroyed, banned or just forgotten. Though that doesn’t even have to be the case. I don’t mind the soldier thing, but make him more like Cpatain America where he WANTS to be a soldier but due to his fragile physique he can’t until he happens upon the sword (or is given to him by the sorceress) which unlocks his hidden potential and the fact that he is King Grayskull decendant and successor to the power. Watch the show episode “Power of Grayskull.” great episode, great series.

  • Black Raptor

    Oh joy after reading this article its no wonder He-man never gets any credit time an time again new writers murder a perfectly good story an make it garbage for those of u who dont know He-man the story does start on Earth but not with Adam but his mother Marlena who in the future is a famous an revered astronaut who happens upon a worm hole in space that takes her to the center of our universe in the middle of an asteroid storm which causes severe damage to her craft. She crash lands on Eternia where King Randor finds her an helps her to get back to Earth but in time sMarlena an Randor fall in love an give birth to twins Prince Adam and Princess Adora who later throught destiny become the protectors not just of Eternia an Etheria but the entire universe. As for Skeletor a mad magician who is hell bent not on destroying Castle Greyskull but obtaining it for with in Grey Skull lies the secrets of the universe an the power of creation its self HE’S NOT OUT TA DESTROY MAGIC he uses magic him self prefering it over technology unlike his counter part an teacher Hordak who is Princess Adora’s archnemesis so in short this is what He-man is not some guy named Justin Marks like so many have taken a beautiful a lush story plot an hacked it ta pieces just so they can go “LOOK WHAT I DID!” yes we know u suck get over ur self an do it right “Nuff said!”-Stan Lee

    • Deadpool3678

      Lol. That was great. I own all of the 2002 revamp which was freaking amazing. Great art, amazing action, and stories that actually drew you in. Even if they don’t have the cannon origina which you pretty muched summed up, it woudlnt be that bad…until they get to the whole Skeletor hates magic thing. If anything he should be trying to destroy all OTHER magic so his will be the sole power on Eternia, and the ONLY way to access Grayskull. The Sword, which in the revamp was retooled (though it was never stated in the show, just in the commentaries) as a technological way of accessing said power after most of the magic in the world had been destroyed, banned or just forgotten. Though that doesn’t even have to be the case. I don’t mind the soldier thing, but make him more like Cpatain America where he WANTS to be a soldier but due to his fragile physique he can’t until he happens upon the sword (or is given to him by the sorceress) which unlocks his hidden potential and the fact that he is King Grayskull decendant and successor to the power. Watch the show episode “Power of Grayskull.” great episode, great series.

  • Black Raptor

    EEhhhhh ya know i see what ur saying buuuut a story like this gets bland an dulled when it gets changed around as much as this has i mean come on what if they had rearanged the story ta LotR ffuuuu i know Tolkien would roll over in his grave an as for the 2002 He-man i watched all of it an was not impressed though they did improve SOME of the elements i liked how they introduced the Shadow Beasts that was like the onlt episode i realy liked but it just left to many elements out that made He-man fun ta watch in the first place im just sayin if something is goin ta make a hit its gatta stay true to is elements cause thats what most people want ta see an if a movie like this breaks a record its only because people went ta see some thing that they are expecting an not goin ta get so in short every story that has been changed from its original has failed an as a fan of He-man id actually like ta see it done right an not with some cheesy mock up story that makes absolutly no sense hell if every thing people come ta love just gets warped then its not truly fun any more hell the last Superman movie almost fell short an thank gawd it was given ta some one who kept it true to its sense other wise we would have had a Superman in Black and White costume an oh he would have had ta fight a giant spider OH NOES A REALY BIG MEAN THING how will The Man of Steel stop it ppfft come on South Park is right our stories r gettin all screwed up up cause no one wants what the public wants they just wanna do what they want an its garbage an thats what we will continue ta get garbage an frankly this He-man movie will flop bad O.O

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

      It really isn’t that simple when you think about it. Somethings just don’t adapt ell and some things adapt really well. I think He-man is something that is in limbo. It’s hard to pin down what will translate visually, wand what people are willing to believe and take seriously. We LOVE He-Man but not EVERYBODY does, and when people make a movie they’re not just making it for the FANBOYS they hae to make a movie that accessible to people who have never heard of He-man or would dismiss it as some kiddie flick. The costumes and such of He-man would look ridiculous if translated exactly to the screen, and the Adam to He-Man thing is also a bit iffy. Should they do the 2002 route of teen to man, or should they do two different actors of different sizes? How much of Eternia’s backstory do they tell, how much of Marlena’s backstory is necessary right now? How much of Skeletor’s backstory? Is this an origin tale? Do you see what I’m getting at? Your love for the cartoon is great but it’s making you jaded becasue you want to see exactly what you know and love on the screen and unless it’s direct adaptation of a specific story not even comic movies get that. They an interpretation. An alternate version. SPiderman of the movies is NOT SPidey from the comics or even the cartoon, nor is Batman, or Wolverine and the X-men. They’re clos aproximations and that’s as close as we’re going to get. As long as the essence of the world and characters is there adn it looks good, I’m there.
      But I do have to disagree with you about the 2002 series. i felt it had everything the old series had, except for the cheesiness. My memories of the original He-man are better than the reality of the show. I’ve watched it again recently and it just doesn’t hold up. Few things from my childhood do anymore. However the 2002 show gave me the nostalgia facotr I wanted with ramped up action, deep stories, and lots of backstory. Plus it was co written by one of th original series bible writers.

  • Black Raptor

    EEhhhhh ya know i see what ur saying buuuut a story like this gets bland an dulled when it gets changed around as much as this has i mean come on what if they had rearanged the story ta LotR ffuuuu i know Tolkien would roll over in his grave an as for the 2002 He-man i watched all of it an was not impressed though they did improve SOME of the elements i liked how they introduced the Shadow Beasts that was like the onlt episode i realy liked but it just left to many elements out that made He-man fun ta watch in the first place im just sayin if something is goin ta make a hit its gatta stay true to is elements cause thats what most people want ta see an if a movie like this breaks a record its only because people went ta see some thing that they are expecting an not goin ta get so in short every story that has been changed from its original has failed an as a fan of He-man id actually like ta see it done right an not with some cheesy mock up story that makes absolutly no sense hell if every thing people come ta love just gets warped then its not truly fun any more hell the last Superman movie almost fell short an thank gawd it was given ta some one who kept it true to its sense other wise we would have had a Superman in Black and White costume an oh he would have had ta fight a giant spider OH NOES A REALY BIG MEAN THING how will The Man of Steel stop it ppfft come on South Park is right our stories r gettin all screwed up up cause no one wants what the public wants they just wanna do what they want an its garbage an thats what we will continue ta get garbage an frankly this He-man movie will flop bad O.O

    • Deadpool3678

      It really isn’t that simple when you think about it. Somethings just don’t adapt ell and some things adapt really well. I think He-man is something that is in limbo. It’s hard to pin down what will translate visually, wand what people are willing to believe and take seriously. We LOVE He-Man but not EVERYBODY does, and when people make a movie they’re not just making it for the FANBOYS they hae to make a movie that accessible to people who have never heard of He-man or would dismiss it as some kiddie flick. The costumes and such of He-man would look ridiculous if translated exactly to the screen, and the Adam to He-Man thing is also a bit iffy. Should they do the 2002 route of teen to man, or should they do two different actors of different sizes? How much of Eternia’s backstory do they tell, how much of Marlena’s backstory is necessary right now? How much of Skeletor’s backstory? Is this an origin tale? Do you see what I’m getting at? Your love for the cartoon is great but it’s making you jaded becasue you want to see exactly what you know and love on the screen and unless it’s direct adaptation of a specific story not even comic movies get that. They an interpretation. An alternate version. SPiderman of the movies is NOT SPidey from the comics or even the cartoon, nor is Batman, or Wolverine and the X-men. They’re clos aproximations and that’s as close as we’re going to get. As long as the essence of the world and characters is there adn it looks good, I’m there.
      But I do have to disagree with you about the 2002 series. i felt it had everything the old series had, except for the cheesiness. My memories of the original He-man are better than the reality of the show. I’ve watched it again recently and it just doesn’t hold up. Few things from my childhood do anymore. However the 2002 show gave me the nostalgia facotr I wanted with ramped up action, deep stories, and lots of backstory. Plus it was co written by one of th original series bible writers.