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New He-Man Movie Announced

12 April 2010 by Giovana Bigarella Ruaro

Masters Of The Universe 02Just when you thought they'd mined every 80s children's franchise available. It's been announced that the writers behind upcoming reboot Predators are penning a script for a new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie.

The original He-Man flick came out in 1987, at the height of the hero's sword-swinging, Skeletor-bashing fame.

While it's not exactly guaranteed to go down in celluloid history as the finest cartoon adaptation we've ever seen, it was still a decidedly silly action romp with a memorable turn from Frank Langella as the boney faced bad guy, Skeletor.

The main drawback with it, however, was a lack of budget. Meaning that the action was relocated from He-Man's world (Eternia) to the streets of LA that suited the studio's backlots and soundstages.

According to Heatvision, Columbia Pictures have brought Predators scriptwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak on board to write a new version of the tale of Prince Adam of Eternia, who is magically transformed into He-Man when he picks up a fantastically powered sword and some decidedly skimpy superhero wear.

A screenplay emerged back in 1998 that was billed as "Lord of the Rings meets The Matrix meets Batman Begins", and while we can't deny that sounds all kinds of brilliant, Heatvision's insider source has insisted that the writers have been tasked with "balancing a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately."

Which sounds a little too disturbingly similar to G.I. Joe if you ask us.

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