Ever since Filmation and Mattel joined forces for the toy/cartoon extravaganza known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the animated television world has stood up and taken note of this out of left field cartoon. Since its animated premiere in September of 1983, kids both literal and those of us that are very much young at heart have dreamed about catching a live-action undertaking that would bring Prince Adam, Cringer/Battle Cat, Orko, Man-At-Arms, Skeletor and Teela to full-fledged cinematic life. Anyone keeping score out there knows that we got an approximation of those beloved fantasy characters in the 1987 Cannon flick Masters of the Universe which starred Sly Stallone’s former Rocky IV nemesis Dolph Lundgren as Man of the Hour, He-Man. The effort went on to become a cheesy cult classic with a loyal contingent of fans, yet to the hardcore Masters aficionado’s, it always felt like an opportunity missed. Luckily, they only had to stay frosty for a mere 35 years before a redo of sorts was attempted: Announced over the weekend by our pals over at The Hollywood Reporter comes the news that Netflix is traveling to Eternia for their very own live-action take on the popular character, and what’s more is they’ve found their He-Man…
After previously being set up as a Sony project, Masters of the Universe looks to be a bona-fide Netflix production with actor Kyle Allen (One Night, West Side Story) tapped to lead the cast as He-Man.
Focusing in on a summer of 2022 date for the start of production, this live action Masters of the Universe pic is slated to be helmed by the Nee Brothers of The Lost City fame. They’ll be adapting a script that they wrote alongside Shang-Chi wordsmith David Callaham. Producing this calliope of far-out fantasy and sci-fi will be Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and DeVon Franklin. Not to be left out in the cold, Mattel Films will oversee the shebang through the devices of Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon.
For those that might have missed the Masters of the Universe boat, the entire premise hinges on a gent named Adam who discovers he’s actually a prince tasked with becoming a savior for a far-away land; no pressure, right?
No word on other actors that may jump aboard, but you can bet your Saturday morning bowl of Frosted Cornflakes (“They’re Greeeeat!”) that we’ll keep you posted on any and all news about the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie!