New Writer Hired for Warner Brothers' He-Man Movie
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2009
Last year we heard a lot of buzz about a script by Justin Marks called Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe based on the He-Man series. It was reviewed by El Mayimbe and said to be a "masterpiece" - quite high praise for the guy who went on to write Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Then in October, it was reported that Warner Brothers had put the project on hold, or so we thought. They've just now hired a new writer - first-timer Evan Daugherty - to write a fresh draft of Grayskull for the studio. They also confirm the news from last year that Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is still on board to direct.
The article on THR explains that the original He-Man is about a warrior named Prince Adam who, when uttering the magic words, "By the power of Grayskull -- I have the power," turned into the heroic He-Man. This updated version will be a "gritty fantasy" that re-imagines Adam as a soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon the magical world of Eternia. There, Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating magic. That may sound a bit odd, but apparently it's kind of like "Lord of the Rings and Matrix," as El Mayimbe said last year, which could be pretty damn cool. We'll keep you all updated.