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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Mar 05, 2021)

Postby mr.negativity » Wed May 13, 2009 2:53 am

GRAYSKULL: THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

From Variety: WB, Joel Silver shaping He-Man film - John Stevenson to direct live action 'Masters'

MICHAEL FLEMING wrote:
He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Stevenson said the first film came to mind when he was asked to consider the job, and the impression wasn't a good one. He changed his mind when he went to Mattel headquarters and was shown into a secret lair that contained the visuals created by the toymaker staff.

"There was this locked bunker that you had to be escorted into," Stevenson said. "It was filled with art, some generated by the Mattel artists, and I looked around, and said, 'I get it.' We started formulating a specific vision for costumes, creatures, architecture, and the creation of a mythology and look for a whole world we'll create."

Waldo said that Stevenson's vision to elevate the material matched with Mattel's desire to see He-Man become a big studio film. Mattel has also brought its "Hot Wheels" film to WB and Silver.


From THR.com:
Stevenson joins 'Masters of the Universe' - Joel Silver, Warner Bros. bringing toy line to big screen
Borys Kit and Georg Szalai wrote:
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.

"I think it's fair to say, and knowing the epic nature of this script, you will see things you have never seen before. John has that creativity."



From THR: 'Grayskull' lands new writer
Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures have tapped newcomer Evan Daugherty to pen the latest draft of "Grayskull," the studio's big-screen take on Mattel's "Masters of the Universe" cartoon and toy line.

John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") is attached to direct the adaptation of the show, which followed a blond warrior named Prince Adam who, when uttering the magic words, "By the power of Grayskull -- I have the power," turned into the heroic He-Man. He 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 the fortress Castle Grayskull, which imbued He-Man with his powers.

Warners sees the big-screen version as a gritty fantasy and reimagines Adam as a soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon the magical world of Eternia. There, Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating magic.

Justin Marks penned the previous draft.
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Postby Dr Kain » Wed May 13, 2009 9:03 am

I'll believe this is real when I see a full blown trailer that says "Coming in xxxx."
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Postby The Shadow » Wed May 13, 2009 3:28 pm

I'm glad a new writer has been picked up. I thought that Justin Marks script was too unlike a MOTU story. There's always some changes to be expected for a live action movie adaptation, but Mark's script had too much Batman and not enough He-Man.
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Postby emeGoji » Fri May 15, 2009 11:43 pm

So glad they're not using Justin Marks' script. Too dark for MOTU, and a lot of the plot & mythology changes didn't sit well with me. With Stevenson on board, hopefully we'll get a quality family friendly high fantasy epic.
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Postby Dr Kain » Sat May 16, 2009 12:35 am

Who is Justin Marks and what was wrong with his script?
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Postby TheFoywonder » Sat May 16, 2009 7:46 pm

revenge of gmk0taku wrote:So glad they're not using Justin Marks' script. Too dark for MOTU, and a lot of the plot & mythology changes didn't sit well with me. With Stevenson on board, hopefully we'll get a quality family friendly high fantasy epic.


Did you even read the whole post? "Gritty fantasy" does not equal family friendly. It equals "let's try and turn He-Man into The Dark Knight." WILL. NOT. WORK.
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Postby emeGoji » Sat May 16, 2009 11:31 pm

TheFoywonder wrote:
revenge of gmk0taku wrote:So glad they're not using Justin Marks' script. Too dark for MOTU, and a lot of the plot & mythology changes didn't sit well with me. With Stevenson on board, hopefully we'll get a quality family friendly high fantasy epic.


Did you even read the whole post? "Gritty fantasy" does not equal family friendly. It equals "let's try and turn He-Man into The Dark Knight." WILL. NOT. WORK.


That was the direction Marks' script was headed in the first place. Stevenson pitched a new idea to Warner Bros and was signed on as director, and now they're writing a new script. The report is regurgitating what they last heard about the film, which was Justin Marks' script.

They might still be going in the dark direction, but given Stevenson's back ground, I should hope not.
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Postby The Shadow » Mon May 18, 2009 11:18 am

Dr Kain wrote:Who is Justin Marks and what was wrong with his script?


Did you go see Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li? Justin Marks wrote that...

He also wrote a script for a live action Voltron movie a year or so ago. Marks script largely reads like a remake of The Road Warrior -- except now there are some giant Borg as well. Also, none of the Voltron villains are in Marks' script.
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Postby Hawanja » Mon May 18, 2009 8:17 pm

Good God this is going to suck. I really hope they don't use that plot.
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Postby The Shadow » Mon May 18, 2009 9:01 pm

I'm not sure where the plot the article uses came from -- the very same "plot" was used when Justin Marks was signed on to write a script before he set pen to paper. My guess is lazy news writing; somewhere the news agency has a card [or digital equivalent] that has the "plot" mentioned in the article has a quick reference for a He-Man movie -- but no one has bothered to verify it or update it when new accurate info came along.
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Postby mr.negativity » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:02 pm

From Variety:
He-Man heads to Sony in new Mattel pic deal
MICHAEL FLEMING & MARC GRASER wrote:He-Man has a plan

As for He-Man, Sony is finalizing a deal to produce a bigscreen adaptation of Mattel's popular action figure line, with Escape Artists shepherding the project.

The property, which originated in 1983 as an animated series and toy line, had previously been set up at Warner Bros., where Joel Silver had been developing a pic since 2007. Mattel wound up taking back the rights and leaving the lot after Mattel, the studio and Silver couldn't agree on the creative direction of the film (Daily Variety, Sept. 9).

Sony and Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures, sources close to the negotiations said.

Shingle recently produced Columbia's remake of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and "Knowing" at Summit. It previously produced the Will Smith dramas "Seven Pounds" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."

The fantasy actioner will revolve around a prince who becomes the warrior He-Man and battles the evil Skeletor for control of his magical homeland, Eternia.

John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") had previously been attached to direct, with Justin Marks and Evan Daugherty having penned versions of the script. Rights to those scripts now belong to WB, meaning a new writer will likely be hired.



From Heat Vision:
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe find home at Columbia
[quote="Borys Kit "]
He-Man may have found a new home.

Just weeks after “Masters of the Universeâ€
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Postby mr.negativity » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:30 am

From Heat Vision:
'Masters of the Universe' screenwriters hired
Borys Kit wrote:Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, the duo who wrote the upcoming "Predators" reboot, have been brought aboard to pen "Masters of the Universe" for Columbia.

The studio picked up movie rights to the 1980s Mattel toy property in the fall, when Mattel and Warner Bros. parted ways after the sides couldn't agree on a creative vision.

The addition of the rising writers is the first major move on the property and signals the project is being rebuilt from the ground up. While at Warners, "Masters" went through several writers and in latter stages had John Stevenson, who co-helmed "Kung Fu Panda," attached to direct.

Getting the go-ahead to tackle any major toy-brand film can be tricky. Depending on the property, writers and directors need to get a thumbs-up from the studio, which then has to win approval from the toy company. In the case of "Masters," Mattel has story approval.

In their pitch, the scribes attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately.

The '80s show, "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," centered on blond warrior Prince Adam, who, after uttering the magic words "By the power of Grayskull, I have the power," turned into the heroic He-Man. He and his allies -- Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms and Orko -- defended their planet Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor, who week after week attempted to conquer the fortress Castle Grayskull, which imbues He-Man with his powers.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are producing.

The Verve-repped Finch and Litvak made a splash last year with "Medieval," which jolted the spec market when it sold to New Regency for big bucks. That script scored the duo the coveted gig of writing the Robert Rodriguez-produced "Predators," helping the long-in-development sequel go from script to screen in just more than a year.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:34 am

i'm not sure if he-man was just a bit before my time...but i never watched it...

kinda like transformers and gi joe...

never really watched any of those 3 shows

i was more into TMNT, Power Rangers, Looney Tunes, DinoRiders, DinoSaucers, etc.

but He-Man? nope, never really cared much for him
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:05 am

I never, ever saw the old Masters show, but I did watch the 2002 revamp and enjoyed that quite a bit.
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Postby Henry88 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:03 pm

as long as skeletor get's a very hammy speech near the end of the movie
i will be happy
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Postby mr.negativity » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:05 am

Jon M. Chu in Talks to Direct Live-Action Feature MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE


http://collider.com/jon-chu-masters-of-the-universe/185070/
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:25 am

Maybe he should release the last film he made before he does anything else? lololol.
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Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:40 am

Oh no he better not!!!
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:53 am

You mean he shouldn't make a He-Man film or shouldn't release G.I. Joe Retaliation?
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Postby Dr Kain » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:00 am

MekaGojira3k wrote:You mean he shouldn't make a He-Man film or shouldn't release G.I. Joe Retaliation?


He should not be allowed to touch He-Man. The only directors I want touching He-Man are Jackson, Whedon, Nolan, or Tarantino.
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:50 am

Dr Kain wrote:
MekaGojira3k wrote:You mean he shouldn't make a He-Man film or shouldn't release G.I. Joe Retaliation?


He should not be allowed to touch He-Man. The only directors I want touching He-Man are Jackson, Whedon, Nolan, or Tarantino.


I seriously doubt ANY of those guys give a sh*t about He-Man. If you seriously think any director of that level is going to attach themselves to a project like this, you're living in la la land. You might as well be asking for Ridley Scott to direct My Little Pony.

And (this isn't meant to be insulting) what is it that makes He-Man so sacred? I loved the show as a kid, but I watch it now and am only entertained by how sloppy and god awful it is... and I actually watch it a lot cuz its on Qubo like a billion times a day... its an awful awful show full of nonsensical kiddie plotlines and the worst, cheap animation known to man. As an adult, its a fun show for all the wrong reasons... its fun, but BOY is it stuuuupid.

Why on earth would a movie need to be anything more than dumb fun for kids like the show was? How come only someone with true prestige like Nolan, Jackson, Tarantino and Whedon should be able to touch He-Man? Why the hell would He-MAn need to be some dark, mature epic? That sounds like an awful idea.He-Man was the kiddiest of little boy's television shows. It isn't a rich tapestry of character driven story like Lord of the Rings and it has absoloutley NO place being dark and grounded like Nolan's Batman or gritty and real-feeling like a Tarantino film.

None of those guys are even suited to the material (heck, just thinking of how out of place and insane the words "Quentin Tarantino's He-Man" sound together makes me laugh out loud)... someone like Jon Favreau would make more sense... in fact, someone who made a GI Joe movie (like Chu) would be perfect for He-Man. I don't see why its ok to make one dumb kids show (GI Joe) into a dumb kids movie (GI Joe: Retaliation) and another dumb kids show (He-Man) into a dumb kids movie by the same guy. Seems to make perfect sense to me.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:49 am

Someone's going to touch He Man :eek:
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:33 am

king_ghidorah wrote:Someone's going to touch He Man :eek:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfFJeO_HvOw
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:28 am

I don't mind him making He-Man. Pretty much everything about he-man is terrible minus the 02' show. Just aim for something like that and be wacky.

At the end of the day I can't see how He-Man will make a GOOD film, so my standards are as low as they can be.
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Postby O.Supreme » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:24 am

MouthForWar- have you ever seen the series that was on CN back in 2002-2003? THIS was an example of how great MOTU CAN be. It took influence from the original mini-comics that came with the figures, and was portrayed in a much more serious tone.

I agree in that I loved the 80's show as a kid. I applaud what Lou Schiemer & Filmation did (It actually was not cheap animation, it was ground breaking for the times, as they kept it all in the US and did not distribute out to Japan/Korea). But I also agree that it is silly and nonsensical now. however that original 80's show is just one small aspect of the overall MOTU Universe. I think a movie scripted closer to the 2002-03 series would be quite awesome.

Do I think it would get a high profile director? No. I could see maybe...a Bryan Singer. All the others are either considered too "Big Budget" or young upcomers too busy with other projects. Still Perhaps one of the greats could suggest someone. Whether you love or hate the Transformers Franchise, you cant argue that Spielberg suggesting Michael Bay was a bad descision. 2.5 Billion in sales and a 4th film in the works is proof of this.
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