Here’s the latest on the greenlit then killed now greenlit again He-Man movie, because I know there are a lot of wet panties out there dying to know: John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) is now set to direct the picture, whenever it’s finally directed. Justin Marks, who had written a previous script, has been replaced as screenwriter (and it’s no wonder: He’s responsible for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li). In his place, Evan Daugherty has taken over. He’s got only one script — an unproduced one featured on the Black List (or best unproduced scripts in Hollywood) called Shrapnel.
For those of you blessedly unfamiliar with the 80’s cartoon, it was based on Mattel action figures, He-Man was about “Prince Adam who, when uttering the magic words, “By the power of Grayskull — I have the power,” turned into the heroic He-Man. He and his allies — Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms and Orko — defended their planet Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor, who tried week after week to conquer the fortress Castle Grayskull, which imbued He-Man with his powers.”
The new version, as suggested by the title, Grayskull, will be darker and more Dark Knightier than the 80s cartoon. Warner Brothers envisions “a gritty fantasy and reimagines 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.”
I’m just going to quietly pound my head on my keyboard now.