Warner Brothers Has Killed Grayskull and He-Man!
A few months back we wrote about a potential He-Man movie titled Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe. It was reviewed by our friend El Mayimbe as a potential masterpiece, giving old school He-Man fans everything they'd want in a modern interpretation of the character. Although I wasn't a fan of He-Man myself, I was convinced - this seemed like a great project that could potentially be a big hit. Alas, Warner Brothers didn't think the same thing. El Mayimbe chimes in again on Latino Review reporting that Warner Brothers has killed it dead - Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe ain't going anywhere!
Mayimbe goes over a few of the reasons why it encountered so much resistance after the script drummed up a lot of buzz. Apparently the production company, Silver Pictures, gave WB a very small list of high priority directors, including Doug Liman (of Jumper) and Bryan Singer (of Superman Returns). Both Liman and Singer passed and WB didn't really like the other directors. Additionally, one of the execs at Silver Pictures who had brought this script to them left the company, which effectively killed any push that it had. Not only did the project lose its biggest supporter, but the studio didn't seem to get the idea at all.
I never read the script myself, so I can't confirm, but Mayimbe claimed that it was a "fanboy masterpiece" on the level of Lord of the Rings and Matrix combined. I trust in him enough to know that when he loves a script, it's not just his personal opinion, it truly is superb. It was written by Justin Marks, who has been referred to as one of the best screenwriters currently working. I would've liked to see He-Man get another shot, but the trends in the next few years include anime, sci-fi, and WWII movies, not fantasy. Maybe after The Hobbit and the final Harry Potter movies make billions, we'll finally get to see Grayskull.