A whole lot of thirty-somethings (this one included) got mighty excited last year when it was announced that Sony was planning to bring He-Man back to the big screen with a fresh feature adaptation of classic 80s cartoon Masters of the Universe, which itself was based on Mattel’s toy line.
The Dark Knight trilogy writer David S. Goyer penned the script and until earlier this year, was set to direct before stepping down due to other commitments. The project is moving forward once again however, with Sony and Mattel having named directing duo Adam and Aaron Nee as the ones to helm the film. It will mark a big step up with regards to budget and scale for the brothers, who previously co-directed acclaimed 2015 crime comedy Band of Robbers and little-seen 2006 drama The Last Romantic.
Masters of the Universe was previously adapted into a cheap and silly (but fondly remembered) live-action film by Cannon Films in 1987, with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Courteney Cox in an early role.
Sony have dated the film for release on December 18th, 2019. Better start looking for their He-Man and Skeletor.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)