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‘He-Man’ Movie Killed Off Again & Then Reborn Within A Week
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For the second time in the last year or so, Warner Brothers recently killed off their planned new live-action He-Man movie, which was preferably called Greyskull for a while, and then back to Masters of the Universe. Both moves came as a surprise as, even though it is He-Man, a review of the Justin Marks script by Latino Review claimed that it had a ton of potential and a real Lord of the Rings vibe to it. The reasoning behind Warner Bros. ultimately dispatching the classic property? It looks as if the studio and the creative sides of the project just could not see eye to eye, and decided it would be best to drop it and move on.

Now comes word that Columbia Pictures didn’t wait too long to go right after the property, and at last notice, they are in negotiations to acquire it. If this deal does move through without a hitch, though, there’s a good chance it could come with a price those of you looking forward to the project won’t swallow easily.

When WB was making the movie, they had hired John Stevenson to direct it (Read: Confirmed: “˜Kung Fu Panda’ Director For New “˜He-Man’ Movie). Stevenson only really had experience with animated movies, having just co-directed Kung-Fu Panda at the time of his hiring. With these new developments, Columbia would start completely over from scratch, which means a new director, and even possibly a new script.

Considering the lack of experience Stevenson has, getting a new director wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but if they choose to replace a script that already has a ton of appeal to we the 20 and 30-somethings who loved He-Man as children, it could prove fatal.

Basically, this looks to be going one of two ways: one would involve them trying to obtain and use Justin Marks’ script with a new director and film making team; the second would probably involve them going more family-orientated. Let us hope for the the former, because I really don’t see those of us who want this movie to happen being too giddy about a kiddie He-Man.

Where do you the people stand; do you care? And if you do care and would love to see this, does it matter which way they go with it?

[Source: THR]

13 Comments »

  1. BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL.. All I care about is snarf not being CGI.

    Seriously though I hope they cater for the original fans. They gotta be loyal to the people who appreciate it the most. (I wish anyway :(

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — September 27, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  2. snarf is from thundercats.

    Comment by korollocke — September 27, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  3. I personally don’t care whether snarf is CGI or not. Just so long as he isn’t in this movie since, you know, this is He-man. ;)
    HE..HE..HE-MAN…HO!!!

    Comment by Rich — September 27, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  4. The Justin Marks script sounded like they were going in the right direction. I hope they use that a guide and make a badass sword-and-sorcery epic and not something akin to In the Name of the King.

    Comment by BAADASSSSS! — September 28, 2009 @ 1:53 am

  5. Though it’s not Snarf (I can’t remember its name, either, and I don’t feel like looking it up — the floating eyeballs wizard-thingy), I do agree with Mr. Scrotum. And I believe the Justin Marks script didn’t even have that thing in it.

    If they go realistic fantasy like LOTR with this, maybe go for a hard PG-13, it would be awesome.

    Comment by The Movie God — September 28, 2009 @ 3:03 am

  6. haha yeah course he isnt in it! oh what the hell was I on, who was I think of????

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — September 28, 2009 @ 3:33 am

  7. Orko

    Comment by N7 — September 28, 2009 @ 7:19 am

  8. Orko was its name-o!

    Comment by PAUL — September 28, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  9. Orko, people, Orko.

    And here’s hoping they don’t go for mindless, family friendly drivel.

    Comment by Vinnie Rattolle — September 28, 2009 @ 9:00 am

  10. I think the whole thing’s a bad idea folks, imagine how much food you could by with the potential budget for this silly retro bullshit production. Give it to charity instead ;P
    I’m not female, but I’ve spoken to one or two who think He-Man is pretty stupid and offensive, and I can’t say I blame em. Give it a rest with your phallus, penis-man!
    GX

    Comment by Gordon Emanuel — September 28, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  11. Gordon how dare you assault the HE-man! Take you and your metro sexual friends back to your coffee shop and watch oprah. As for me and my macho friends we shall watch the blood and magic fly!

    Comment by Ramboner — September 30, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

  12. there’s a great story over at ‘on the button’ about the new he-man movie. have a look at the funny article over here: http://onthebutton.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/he-man/

    Comment by rose — October 1, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  13. Orko. The name of the wizard is Orko…who in the original Masters of the Universe movie was made to be some kind of weird dwarf gnoblin thing that was played by Warwick Davis, who is familiarized most with the average movie goer in the films Willow and The Leprechaun movies. I hope he still plays Orko if a new one is made but I hope they do something much closer to the original Orko now that technology permits such a possibility without looking like Hell.

    Comment by bustamonkey — January 5, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

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