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– by David Kozlowski

As a kid growing up in the 1980s, animated TV shows like G.I. Joe, The Transformers, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were my after-school guilty pleasures. These toy-based, action-adventures were super silly, even by my lowly pre-teen standards.

Cannon Films optioned Masters of the Universe (LRM is not responsible for any pain this may cause you) and made a live-action movie version, starring Dolph Lundgren, in 1987 — it was awful by any standard and only grossed a paltry $17 million. Sony now holds the license, and they’ve been trying to reboot it for years, bless their hearts.

David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) has been hired to co-write and direct the reboot, and according to OmegaUnderground, it goes before cameras this April. If your expectations for a Masters of the Universe remake (likely without Dolph Lundgren) are low, maybe it’s because Goyer’s directing record is not awesome (Blade Trinity, The Unborn); although, he’s certainly a much more accomplished writer (The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman). Sony’s choice for the other co-writer, Lindsey Beer, is also very intriguing.

Related – David S. Goyer In Talks To Helm Masters Of The Universe Film

Beer is a young writer with some interesting credits: Godzilla vs. Kong, Chaos Walking, Transformers 5, and she’s also a member of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek writer’s room. Her name is also attached her to several other new projects, including Barbie, an adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle, and Dungeons & Dragons. She’s clearly a fan of geeky subject-matter, and it’s interesting to see what emerges from her collaboration with Goyer.

The upcoming production is rumored to be shooting in Europe, but little else is known about the film, including its storyline or cast. Don’t worry, as soon as we hear something, you will too!

Are you excited to learn that a new Masters of the Universe movie is becoming a reality? Let us know in the comments down below!

Masters of the Universe hits theaters on December 18, 2019.

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SOURCE: OmegaUnderground

  • Roger Abbit

    I’ll believe it when they have a cast and budget. Until then, this isn’t happening. This movie should be a $100-$130M budget. I think they’d do well to make it tonally similar to Thor 3 or Guardians of the Galaxy. If they do that, it will do well. But with Goyer writing/directing, it will probably be grimdark and gritty. If they do this right, they could split off a She-Ra so movie that’s tonally similar to Wonder Woman. This could be a very successful IP again. But I have 0 faith in Hollywood these days.

    • Weresmurf

      Oh it’ll definitely happen. Sony is desperate for a ‘universe’ movie, a property to expand upon. However, just expect them to screw it up…

  • randomironicname

    I can’t imagine how they could possibly pull this off. They can’t ground it in reality (Earth) and have to play to the source material but maybe with darker tone.

    • Weresmurf

      Quite easily honestly. Go full swords and sorcery fantasy with it. Doesn’t have to be R rated (and shouldn’t be honestly), make it a fun, epic, trashy 80’s fun experience. If they want to, go the retro vibe like Thor went for, except embrace music like Iron Maiden.

      • randomironicname

        I’d be down for that but don’t see them doing it. I’m expecting them to basically make it into another Conan and I don’t think that would be true enough to the cheese of the source material to drag me in.

        • Weresmurf

          Same alas

      • Curious Cat

        Exactly!!! Lord of the Rings Like but more “ Pop Corny” to a degree

        • Weresmurf

          Yep, on the way home was listening to music from Van Halen, Jump for example and thinking “Shit that’d go well in a HeMan movie…” that and Panama, easily rewritten to “ETERNIA!” lol

    • El Lioncourt

      The original mini-comics that came with the figures before the cartoon were fairly dark.

      • randomironicname

        Yeah, i remember those being included with the first generation of figures but I was way too young to appreciate them. I think He-Man is remembered more for the cartoon featuring Orko than those books though.

  • Ian Finnimore

    Masters Of The Universe dare I say is actually a pretty fun movie.

    When I was a kid I was pissed that it didn’t have some of the characters – especially battlecat but by god was Skeletor a great villain.

    When he walks in barking out his orders banging his staff on the floor he’s in complete command of the screen.

    MOTU was a mixture of Back to the future/ Goonies/ Teenwolf type high school kids – nothing wrong with that – and a kind of mad max/ conan vibe.

    Its two world colliding. It wasn’t the He-Man of the cartoon however & that was all my friends issues with it.

    It was pretty dark & edgy especially compared to the campy cartoon.

  • Ian Finnimore

    As long as we don’t spend the movie with Teela looking for He-man & finding him 1 min before the credits role …

    Masters Of The Universe dare I say is actually a pretty fun movie.

    When I was a kid I was pissed that it didn’t have some of the characters – especially battlecat but by god was Skeletor a great villain.

    When he walks in barking out his orders banging his staff on the floor he’s in complete command of the screen.

    MOTU was a mixture of Back to the future/ Goonies/ Teenwolf type high school kids – nothing wrong with that – and a kind of mad max/ conan vibe.

    Its two worlds colliding. It wasn’t the He-Man of the cartoon however & that was all my friends issues with it.

    It was pretty dark & edgy especially compared to the campy cartoon.

  • Victor Roa
  • WTFITBS

    Hey SONY, just leave it aallooonnnnnneeeee…..

    Seriously, He-Man was one of the most ridiculous looking cartoons of the 80s. Nothing about it could be done in live-action without it looking absolutely ridiculous and the film by no means can take itself seriously at any given point. If done, it should go all out like Kung Fury and be self-aware at how dumb the source material really is.

    Now a live-action Thundercats film on the other hand…

    • Curious Cat

      Bro look how much the Transformers, G.I. Joe movies made… bad as they were. With the right Writers, Adventure, epic Historical Fiction Movie Writers, this will work.

  • CrystalClearTruth

    Just get the guys who rebooted Star Trek and Star Wars. they are perfect for this style of stupidity.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.