Sony Pictures And Escape Artists Moving Ahead With A Live-Action He-Man Movie

Sony has extended its contract with film production Escape Artist through 2015 to produce and distribute a number of films, one of which is a reimagining of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

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By Mark Julian - 12/13/2011

Source: via Bleeding Cool

Here's a bit of hopeful news for all you 80's cartoon fans out there. While details are scarce, some key execs at both Sony and Escape Artist announced their continued partnership through 2015 and also announced a number of films they plan to make including a new take on He-Man.

While details were not forthcoming at this time, it's a sign that things may finally be on track for He-Man to make a triumphant return to the big screen after the less than stellar 1987 take on the character starring Dolph Lundgren.

Prior to this announcement, the last reported details on the project back in April of 2010 were that screenwriters Mike Finch (Predators 2010) and Alex Litvak (Predators 2010, The Three Musketeers 2011) would take a stab at the firs draft of a script and that John Stevenson (Kung-Fu Panda) would direct the film.

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Masters of the Universe is a 1987 science-fiction fantasy film based on the toy line by the same name. The movie stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. Other actors include Jon Cypher as Man-At-Arms, Chelsea Field as Teela, Billy Barty as Gwildor, and Courteney Cox.

The film was released in the United States on August 7, 1987 after the popularity of the toy line and cartoon had peaked.

A new He-Man movie directed by John Woo was reportedly being developed in 2007, but despite many rumors circulating around the Internet regarding the film's production status and casting, the project was never officially green-lit. The film rights to He-Man have reportedly since reverted back to Mattel.

In September 2009, Sony took over the rights from Warner Bros to produce the Masters of the Universe live action film after Mattel and producer Joel Silver, who was previously involved with a potential film, couldn't agree on creative direction for the film. Sony and Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures. In April 2010, Sony hired screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a new script.

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Greengo - 12/13/2011, 3:30 PM

Hope they learned something from the last one
Ghostfire - 12/13/2011, 3:30 PM
I hope they don't [frick] this movie up.
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 3:32 PM
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 3:33 PM
PaulRom - 12/13/2011, 3:38 PM
As a He-Man fan since childhood, I'd love to see a proper live action film. Hope this is good.
Ghostfire - 12/13/2011, 3:40 PM
ManOfKrypton - 12/13/2011, 3:47 PM
"one of which is a reimagining of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" I don't like that word reimagining!!!

Why can't they just stick with the source material! I hope they go with this script that was originally intended... This was floating around the net a few years ago.

Script review below:
imnotahero - 12/13/2011, 3:51 PM
'Bout time we got a gay superhero movie!
nuck82 - 12/13/2011, 3:51 PM
@paul dude the 80s movie was total boss!!!! no lie

but yes i would love to see a new one also

and that art is pritty wicked sweet
Mrcool210 - 12/13/2011, 3:52 PM
god sony, ure going backrupt for god sakes, save ur money for the amazing spider-man, dont waste it keeping the rights to a movie no one will one
Mrcool210 - 12/13/2011, 3:52 PM
watch, damn edit button
ecksmanfan - 12/13/2011, 3:52 PM
Ghostfire - 12/13/2011, 4:00 PM
yes it was and still is.
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 4:08 PM
1st one was great, imo.

But like @ManOfKrypton said...

stick to the source material!
Joe6Pack74 - 12/13/2011, 4:09 PM
All I gotta say is Teela and Evil-Lyn better have really big tits, like the action figures.
HelaGood - 12/13/2011, 4:10 PM
SERIOUSLY??? RYAN REYNOLDS???????? LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
QuietStorm - 12/13/2011, 4:12 PM
Alright, where's it at? Where's the .gif? You know. You know which one in talking about lol
grifdeadpoolteabag - 12/13/2011, 4:12 PM
80's what?

Improper apostrophe use.
soaponapope - 12/13/2011, 4:14 PM
nowtheresaBATman - 12/13/2011, 4:15 PM
"Beast Man! you clumsy oaf! I'll make a Hollywag pie out of you! come back here you flipping nincompoop!!"-SKELETOR
dmm5 - 12/13/2011, 4:16 PM
Chris Hemsworth would be a good choice but I want to see some unknown actor play He-Man the way Chris played Thor. Besides, it made Hemsworth known :P
KidGoku - 12/13/2011, 4:17 PM
Chris Hemsworth... duh
tweeeeenkies3 - 12/13/2011, 4:21 PM
I was always more of a fan of the spin-off show "She-ra"...about his twin sister Adora.

Chris Hemsworth of course! Perfect choice.

I would hope this would lead to a She-ra movie, with Yvonne Strahovski as She-ra!
BlazinTexan - 12/13/2011, 4:22 PM
hemsworth is already thor and the huntsman ...this is calling skarrsgards name
DioFoRio - 12/13/2011, 4:23 PM
man had all the toys as a kid...saw the flick in the theater. wasn't that bad for back then. Would love to see a new flick
DioFoRio - 12/13/2011, 4:23 PM
Terry Crews or Michael Clark Duncan for he-man
BigK1337 - 12/13/2011, 4:24 PM
Alexander Skasgard should be He-Man; this is the guy who was a popular choice for Thor (till Chris Hemsworth shows up), might as well give the guy a chance at being this character.
PaulRom - 12/13/2011, 4:26 PM
Hemsworth would do a good job, but he's already Thor and I'll keep thinking of that with his being He-Man. In that case, Alexander Skarsgard would be the best choice of those on the pol.
Talontd - 12/13/2011, 4:26 PM
C'mon you twits, i like HEMSWORTH too, but he cant be HE-MAN and THOR, lol.
BigK1337 - 12/13/2011, 4:28 PM

Nah, I kind of see Terry Crews as Man-At Arms; Terry Crews to me comes up as the type who is an experienced badass warrior than a young hero
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 4:28 PM
Here ya go @QuietStorm

funny gifs
DioFoRio - 12/13/2011, 4:31 PM
@BigK I want to see Crews in more stuff..Luke Cage maybe. I could see Him be Man at arms
tracydavis001 - 12/13/2011, 4:31 PM
Great!! Can't wait , just hope they don't screw it up!!!
RaleighAntrobus - 12/13/2011, 4:32 PM
Two cartoons that would have gotten you beaten up where I grew up: this and Voltron.
Greengo - 12/13/2011, 4:34 PM

You must have grown up in Gayville
Ghostfire - 12/13/2011, 4:44 PM
Where the hell did you grow up? On the contrary, where I lived if you weren't into this you would get your ass kicked.

devil - 12/13/2011, 4:44 PM
at last a ture hi-man movie being made, i like watching hi-man when i was a kid
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/13/2011, 4:44 PM
Hopefully they do it justice.

Unknown actor or Daniel Cudmore as He-Man and unknown actor or Alex Pettyfer as Prince Adam. I think they should be played by different actors so the secret identity stuff would work.

Mads Mikkelsen as Skeletor
Ray Stevenson as Man-At-Arms
luckylu - 12/13/2011, 4:52 PM
love the idea of a he man movie butt "new take" scares me.
padrejeff - 12/13/2011, 4:53 PM
Gusto, they could cast you as an emaciated Skeletor, no make up needed. :)
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