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May 24, 2007 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | May 24, 2007 |

If you’re like me, you’re not only balding and wondering whether life will get crappier or just hold at its current level of crappiness, but you also have fond memories of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” the early-1980s cartoon based on the Mattel toy line about frightened pasty prince Adam, who, with the aid of a magic sword, turns into the bronzed and invincible He-Man, able to defeat Skeletor with the mighty power of his sweaty biceps and questionable hot pants. The show was an indelible part of my early childhood, though all but the most salient details of the show have long since faded from memory; I’d pretty much forgotten all about Orko until my friend Lorne reminded me about him (and both Orko and Lorne are their real names). The cartoon series was brought to the big screen in a deeply flawed 1987 movie starring Dolph Lundgren who, in his first film role after Rocky IV, had barely gotten a grasp on basic English. It also starred a very young Courteney Cox; a confused-looking Jon Cypher; James “Strickland” Tolkan; and Chelsea Field, who has since married Scott Bakula, forever uniting two geek franchises. But Hollywood being what it is, things are coming back around. Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are now in negotiations with Mattel to acquire the film rights to resurrect the hero on film for Masters of the Universe (the same title as the previous film), though talks are still in the early stages, with an actual deal “potentially months away,” according to sources. Screenwriter Justin Marks has been tapped to pen the adaptation; Marks is also scripting the upcoming Voltron flick, so this guy’s definitely carving out his own niche when it comes to breathing life into long-dead ’80s cartoons that were designed to push toys on unsuspecting kids. There’s no word yet on who’s being considered for the role of He-Man, but here’s hoping they find someone who can get out an entire sentence without sounding like he got lost on his way to INS. And so help me, if they pull any of that Gwildor crap again, I’m gonna be pissed.

In more remake news (is there any other kind?), it looks like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is back on track, this time with Mike Myers set to star and Jay Kogen (“The Simpsons,” “NewsRadio,” “Frasier”) on board to write the screenplay. The project has been on and off for years in different versions, with Jim Carrrey attached to star for a while until he completely jumped the shark and became an uber-serious parody of his old comedic self. Based on the 1947 Danny Kaye film, the Carrey version would have undoubtedly brought an unhealthy, manic edge to the story of a man whose daydreams allow him to escape the mundanity of his daily life. I’ve got a little more confidence in Myers, who could bring a quirky, almost endearing humanity to the character. Then again, this is also the guy who did The Cat in the Hat, so I won’t believe a thing till I see it. The project is set up at 20th Century Fox; no word yet on additional casting or start dates.

Finally today: The trailer for The Brothers Solomon. It stars Will Arnett, Will Forte, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, and was written by Forte and directed by Bob Odenkirk. Will all that comedic power add up to a good movie? It’s hard to say at this point. But it sure looks good on paper, and the trailer has a few decent laughs:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald. And yes, he still misses Veronica.

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