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.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
wait...the guy who wrote that awesome Grayskull scipt last year also wrote Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li?!?!?!?...LOL!!!!
Matt Suhu on May 13, 2009
As opposed to the new writer, who wrote and directed "Rusty Forkblade." I think Warner Bros. should just invent a time machine and go back to the 80s and spy on my elaborate storylines when I was playing with my He-Man action figures. There would also be some franchise crossover potential, as characters from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Muppet Babies were involved in the epic battle of good v. evil.
Greedo the Rodian on May 13, 2009
^LOL The new premise of He-Man reminds me too much of that horrible Masters of the Universe movie from a while back, with the campy sci-fi feel. Hopefully this turns out good.
Alfredo on May 13, 2009
Don't really understand what WB wants with this crap. If they are gonna dismiss the original story, then why the hell keep the names at all? If they have a new original concept, just do a new movie with their own intellectual property, without altering (possibly ruining) a universe that has been rooted in the imagination of fans for several decades. If they want to take advantage of the fan-base for making a fast profit, then altering the He-Man universe is not the way to go. Seems another attempt to make profit from reboots/re-imagining that has flooded Hollywood these last few years. I, for one, don't have any good expectations about this.
rml on May 13, 2009
I want no Sci-Fi in this, I want a Fantasy all having taken place within Eternia, the original script was awesome, why are they going to fuck it up?
Richard on May 13, 2009
Wow, with Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li established as a classic of action cinema, how can this go wrong???
avoidz on May 13, 2009
Hey #4, they already ruined He-man with that 80s Dolph Lungren piece of shit that took place mostly on earth and barely touched on Eternia and Castle Grayskull, No BattleCat, Orco etc. So this cant get any worse....Oh wait they are fucking this up too.....Well maybe in another 20-30 years they will do another movie and get it right, until then Fuck you WB, what are you trying to be like FOX now...STICK TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL , IDIOTS !!!
TRANSFORMERS 2 IS THE MOVIE TO SEE THIS SUMMER BITCHES on May 13, 2009
... #4 your request for no Sci-Fi in it makes no sense at all since the property itself is Sci-Fi/Fantasy...
Webb on May 14, 2009
I'm sorry, that was meant for #5
Webb on May 14, 2009
ok how about less science and techno and more swords and fantasy
Richard on May 15, 2009
sounds like Hollywood...they never do justice to the true fans!
Hollywoodhater on Jul 18, 2009
Go with the Original story..Not the Sci Fi crap about Skeletor making a new army and all. C mon Wb stic to the script of the original.... It has the potential to be the biggest block buster ever...
Vijay on Sep 22, 2009
I loved the 80s cartoon as a kid and I have read part of the original script for the Grayskull movie. The original script is wonderful and would keep fans of the 80s cartoon very happy. Not to mention it has so much potential to have multi-movies, if they don't change the script and keep it serious, it can be bigger than Lord of the rings, which I thought sucked. If you haven't read the Justin Marks script, click on the link above and read it. Im sure you will agree that if WB changes the script they are going to totally screw it up. They need to keep the story the same as the cartoon and just elaborate on it. Oh and for gods sake make them look like the 80s cartoon but with slightly altered colors that are believeable. The WB shouldn't rush to pop this movie out to turn a proffit, like a single mother poping out kids for a government check! They need to take there time with this and do it right!
Sean on Apr 7, 2010
**** GOOD NEWS GUYS **** I HAVE BOTH SCRIPTS BY JUSTIN MARKS, BOTH 1ST DRAFTS OF VOLTRON & GREYSKULL: THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE SCREENPLAYS. ACTUALLY I HAVE HAD THEM FOR QUITE SOME TIME & BEEN GIVING THEM OUT ... LOL 🙂 SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING THEM JUST SHOOT ME YOUR EMAIL 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI SCREENPLAY WAS A LIL DIFFERENT, IT WAS THE DIRECTOR WHO SCREWED UP THAT MOVIE, THAT AND THE PRODUCER. NOT JUSTIN MARK'S FAULT OK GUYS. BUT YOU BE THE JUDGE FOR YOURSELF, YOU READ HIS WRITING AND TELL ME IF YOU THINK HE HAS SKILL AS A WRITER.. OK LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RE-QUEST. JAMIE
TRIX SPEED on May 5, 2010
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