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HE-MAN rumors... I can't believe they're going back to that well...

Hey folks, Harry here... Not everything about LOTR has been great - mainly, hearing folks justify making another live action film of HE-MAN due to the success of LOTR. Ya know, maybe, just maybe... Maybe, LORD OF THE RINGS succeeded due to it being one of the greatest stories in the history of literature and unfit for 80's Saturday Morning Cartoons. Maybe. I know, maybe this time it'll be "Dark & Gritty" - Maybe if they're more 'faithful' to the source material than the original Dolph flick... I mean having Battlecat will make a huge difference. Perhaps they could hire Weta to really bring that Filmation detail to life. Yeah. Well, what follows is just all rumor at this point. I'm not gonna get excited about this one... well, not like Moriarty is. He's got all the figures and worships HE-MAN. These rumors should delight him...

Hi there, 'Work Wanted Burbank' here from The Hollywood News.

Just had an email from a scooper that claims that his 'friend' has so-called inside information on the proposed He-Man film that's in development over at Fox. 'Work Wanted Burbank' spills the beans...

I checked in with a buddy over at Fox2000 in terms of whether there would be any chance of auditioning for the film - especially the lead. Seems Lion Rock Productions and the studio aren't going to be going down that route, instead they'll be merely 'making offers'. Another dead end for unknown actors like myself, Bottom Line : They're looking for a 'name' for both He-Man and Skeletor, which is understandable I guess.

Here's a few names that are apparently mooted for the He-Man part - no real surprises. The Rock (believed to have already met), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Ryan Kwanten (Summerland), Paul Michael Levesque.

No word on Skeltor, but those rumors about Nicolas Cage were false apparently.

Call me 'Work Wanted Burbank'

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  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Mostholy

    ...'cause nobody cares. I'm sure the movie will be much "darker and grittier" if they add Battlecat. Ridiculous.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Steve Rogers

    Gimme a break! Second!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Oh dear God NOOOOOOO !

    by RobinP

    Once was surely enough....why not fast track Conan ?

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by WolfmanNards

    He-man has to be one of the crappiest 80's cartoons ever. I watched it as a kid constantly only because it was properly sold to me. However, upon later viewing in life when I acutally paid attention to what I watched, I realized that He-Man was only one of those "so bad it's good" cartoons. Admit it, it was just a half hour commercial for new action figures each week. Don't get me wrong, I'll be one of the first in line to see this movie if it ever gets made. But it's nowhere near a fucking holy shrine of material to create a film from, so don't treat it as such.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Who's attached to direct?

    by Kikstad

    Didn't I hear reports that John Woo was supposed to direct this movie or was that just a really bad nightmare I had? Actually, I welcome a new movie because the Dolph Lundgren version sucked total a s s and totally defiled my childhood memory of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. But, honestly, how seriously can we take any hero named He-Man? Hopefully they'll cast a hottie to play She-Ra.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 11:01 a.m. CST

    He Man and other thoughts...

    by Darth Thoth

    "I battle cats like He-Man's pet"- lyrics from my boy, Ink. But back to the post, He-Man was great. I grew up on the cartoon show. Had/ have all the toys :) Loved the movie with Dolph. I love everything He-Man. But to be honest, I am sick and tired of this remake craze going on right now. It's like reality tv shows. It's a cheap way to get out of actually 1) writing decent scripts and coming up with ORIGINAL work. (Obviously, LOTR was an exception. I'm one of those die hard ringers.) 2) The reality craze takes jobs away from writers and actors and directors, etc. It's a joke. Let's get back to giving new ideas a shot and protecting the industry, profession, and craft of acting. In short, while I'd love to see a new He Man movie, why not give that opportunity to a new story idea or something. There are a lot of creative people out there with great ideas that just need a chance to to realized on the big screen or tube. Peace and Merry Christmas.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Skeletor has no face

    by Bosun Dan

    so if live action... what's the point of casting some famouse guy? If they do that you'll bet they pull some kind of Judge Dredd action and have him put his face back on for half the movie.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I have the power...

    by StarUnlit

    The hell with harry and all the He-Haters... He-Man made like a billion dollars for Mattel and was one of the most succesful and recognized licenses of the 80s. We can all sit back and say how the first film sucked, but none of us were singing that tune when we were the target audience age for it. First movie i ever rewatched at a theatre. Would it be easy to make a terrible he-man film? Sure, but on the other hand there are enough amazing characters and unique concepts in the He-Mythos that someone with the appropriate love for the material could do something wonderful with it. How about a bit of optimism for a change? He-Man was as big a part of some people's childhoods as Star Wars and there is a built in audience waiting to be proven wrong and impressed.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 11:46 a.m. CST

    This might work...

    by Childe Roland

    ...if they make the film totally unaware of itself. Play it completely straight (pun retrospectively intended) and don't try to connect or tie it to the real world at all. Don't give us a character with modern sensibilitieis to connect with the youth audience and for god's sake don't create a portal between the worlds. Let this concept stand on its own mythos and see if folks like enough for it to succeed and warrant a sequel (not to mention toy re-releases with newly sculpted heads to resemble the stars). Personally I never "got" He-Man. Even as a kid who was totally into Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons and Conan, He-Man (which attempted to combine elements of all three fantasy worlds) seemed pretty silly to me. The main character's name alone is stupid. You expect him to talk like Tarzan: "Me He-Man... punch you big!" but instead he sounds like the voice over narration from John Candy in the segment of "Heavy Metal" that I'm sure inspired the whole idea in the first place. Maybe if they did away with the whole Prince Adam alter ego thing and made He-Man the fantasy alter ego of some geeky teen from Earth it could work as an action/fantasy/comedy a'la Army of Darkness (and I know that's running counter to what I suggested above, but this property is so potentially problematic from a popular cinema standpoint I'm really not sure how to approach it). However they do it, I don't see myself seeing this in a theater.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:20 p.m. CST

    R.C.'s opinion: A new HeMan movie might work. John Woo directi

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Hey! Hey stop that! Aah! Ouch! Aah! Aaaaaaah!!! The stones! The stones! They hurt! Ouch! Aaaaaawwwwwhh!!! Have merc...aaaaaahhhhh! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I would watch a new He-Man movie...

    by Creflo A. Dollar

    ...only if Teela was sodomized by Skeletor and Beastman while He-man watched helpless. Ok, so it's a sick fantasy I always had...

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Paul Michael Levesque = Triple H

    by Reedus

    I didn't know he was now using his real name for acting roles. Way to disassociate yourself from wrestling. Maybe he and Dwayne Johnson could make a movie together.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:52 p.m. CST

    She-Man and the Bastards of the Universe

    by Snookeroo

    You know you want it.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:54 p.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by liljuniorbrown

    How come every other talkback has the same dumbasses posting pedophile or rape and racist shit on them. Get a real fucking sense of humor and lay off the internet for a little while, Hopefully the FBI will flag that shit and watch you stupid fucks for a couple of months,and take you to a place where you get to be a part of all the helpless sodomy your ass can stand.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:57 p.m. CST

    He Man was gay and George Lucas is a fucknutz

    by cinematt

    He Man is the latest pile of crap that Hollywood is digging up all in tthe name of cheap fast bucks. Fuck Hollywood up their stupid asses for inflicting this shit on the general public. This is why people have such disdain for the movies these days. On another topic, fuck George Lucas up his worthless ass too...

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Franchise films potential

    by MilkmanDan

    A He Man film would be all well and good, but I'm still holding out to see a mismatched buddy comedy starring Ram Man and Stinkor.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Cue Skeletor in ridiculous gold head gear...

    by cockknocker

    Kneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!!!!! I truly hope that they make a new He-man movie to nullify the embarassment of skeletors post credits Arnie qoute.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1 p.m. CST

    I have the power!

    by Dragonfire

    Ah, the memories.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:05 p.m. CST

    He-Man Is Gay! Here's Proof!

    by ZackyH

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by Creflo A. Dollar

    So I got off the phone with liljunior, he sez he knows the perfect location to shoot the sodomy scene, and that only if he gets to be the Beastman part. I said fine, as long as it's not Skeletor, cuz that's me! Now all we need is a budget, a camera, Angelina Jolie to play Teela and the Rock to play He-Man. See how easy it is to make movies?

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Masters of The Universe is underrated...

    by Batutta

    I thought it was a well made, albeit very 80's movie with a great Skeletor in Frank Langella and excellent John Williams rip-off score from Bill Conti. The biggest problem was a totally wooden and cheeseball lead in Dolph Lundgren. But if you look past him, it's an enjoyable movie.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    He-Man Schmee-Man, what we really need is a THUNDARR THE BARBARI

    by oceansized

    Denny Crane.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I wanted to be the Sorceress

    by Melian

    ... for alot of my childhood. Can any-one explain to me how the success of LOTR is related to mmaking another He-Man film? And if it all works out, will they make a She-Ra film?

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex


  • Dec. 23, 2004, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The best Christmas ever

    by Zeldas

    was when I got the whole She-Ra outfit and action figures. And amyone remember that ep when they pulled a Luke/Leia and they found out they were related? Man I miss that Princess of Power!

  • Dolph Lundgren was a crappy actor but his He-Man character didn't even feel like the lead character in the movie. By having the focus on the modern world it sucked any imagination there was in the original premise. As a kid, I wanted to see some epic battles in He-Man's home universe, not another crappy Howard-the-Duck-like "adventure" in our own boring reality. I wanted to see a lot more of the Masters of the Universe characters -- instead all we got was some 1980s young people hanging out with steroid-pumped Dolph who didn't even know how to use a sword, and a chick with intense blue eyes, and a few too-brief scenes of Skeletor. The new movie can't be worse than that, so bring it on!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Casting thoughts...

    by eternia0

    Michelle Pfiefer...Sorceress Jennifer Garner or Kate Beckensale...Teela Jolene Blalock...Evil Lynn

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Lost Skeleton

    I mean...they are really making this? And The Rock can't take this trash. Thundercats would be a better flick anyway.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 3:09 p.m. CST

    By the power of Grayskull!!!!!!!!!

    by Anlashok

    I loved that show, had all the toys. While the majority of the "Masters of the Universe" movie upset me deeply, upon repeat viewings I found I could listen to Frank Langella's(skeletor) despotic diatribe for hours.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Listen up, kiddies...


    ...MOTU was in its original concept, as conceived by Mattel, was pure sci-fi/fantasy gold! Imagine "Conan" crossed with "Star Wars" and you've got the right idea. Then along came the biggest hacks of 80' animation, Filmation. Because He-Man was the FIRST toy-based animated show in like 20 years, there were all these silly built-in restrictions, to say nothing of the horribly conservative kids' show censors at the time... So what Filmation crapped out was a toned-down, cheaply-produced, morality-heavy animated 30-minute commericial for the toys, which though popular at its peak, barely had much to do with the toys anyway, since the limited & shitty cartooning strayed further & further from the Mattel designs! Then came the craptastic "She-Ra", Mattel's nightmarish conceit to sell a horrid fashion-doll line with no initial connection to MOTU by making her He-Man's sister! The show did well, thanks to a larger female audience, and directly because of it, Filmation killed the He-Man show to focus on She-Ra. Then the toyline started to die, and finally collapsed after the Cannon Film MOTU film gave the whole franchise the coup de grace. However, in 2001, Mattel ressurected the franchise, modernized, updated, and much darker & more violent. The figures were designed by guys who used to work for McFarlane Toys, and the show was aimed at older viewers, with darker themes, actual combat & violence, and villains you could actually take seriously. Unfortunately, Mattel, now apparently run by ass-brained retards, ran the line into the ground within three years with an overabundance of He-Man variations, hard-to-find secondary characters & villains, and a creative stranglehold on the poor folks who were producing the comic & cartoon. The story as it was re-imagined for 2001 was great! It's just too bad Mattel is run by imbeciles. Even as I speak, they are running the Batman comic-figure franchise into the ground! Perhaps if this MOTU movie moves forward, the MOTU concept may yet see a fourth coming... Time will tell. But don't act like some dipshit homophobe jackass by knocking something you obviously have no clue about. Sure, the Filmation show blew ass, and it's Mattel's ineptitude with giving them all the initial entertainment rights, and never regaining them, that helped choke this recent incarnation. But that doesn't mean the core concept sucked. Just Filmation, and Mattel's handling of it!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hollywood can't help but to throw modern humans into other wordl

    by Anlashok

    A director has to go to war just to keep the fuckers out. Apparently the average movie goer has trouble relating to scenarios that don't line up with their preconceived notions of the universe. While a one man assault force detective, wreaking thousands of dollars of collateral damage upon New York in pursuit of a diabolically clever and evasive perp is deemed "logical". A fantasy world pusing with scantily clad warriors using Meta-technology is well, silly. UNLESS you BRING them to New York, yeeaah, there you go, NOW it makes sense. Oh Hollywood, how I loathe thee.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 4 p.m. CST

    Hulkster to star as He-man

    by JarJarIsVader

    Now I'd go watch that! By the power of gray skull....I HAVE THE POWER BROOOTTTHHEERR!!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 4:30 p.m. CST

    To the person who said Denny Crane...

    by HavokJD

    LMFAO Denny Crane.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Ron Perlman for Skeletor

    by Christopher3

    He's the only guy who can act through that much makeup.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Who plays Skeletor?

    by Billy Goat

    Nobody. He's got a skull for a head. So he's a special effect, end of discussion. If Hollywood is scratching its collective head over whom to cast, they're missing the point. ...Not that I care or anything. :)

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I'd rather have a new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film

    by beamish13

    which John Woo was also handling (altbeit as an executive-producer). Make it a hard-R film based on the first black-and-white xeroxed comics, where they bitch-slap one another and really beat Shredder's ass

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 5:08 p.m. CST

    He-man > star wars

    by El_Barstardo

    I love the way everyone shits on this, but then rattles on about how princes of mars is the shizzel.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Haven't "Cheats on his wife" and "Hulk Hogan" already "Jumped th

    by Quiddity

    Oh lord I used all three of those together! For your own safety abandon the boards!!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 6:45 p.m. CST

    there does seem to be a lot of racism here lately...

    by beamish13

    not to mention homophobia, which has always been a staple of internet message boards and chats

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 6:46 p.m. CST

    actually, SANFORD & SON was itself a remake of a Beeb show

    by beamish13

    there's a little fact you can put in your pipe and smoke

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Ram-Man...

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I don't care about He-Man, but this Marko guy's redesigns are ab

    by half vader Can this guy draw or what? Yes it takes a bit to download, but God is it worth it. He-Man is a bit of an Anthony Kiedis-type and Skeletor is definiteky on the Marylin Manson side of things. The others are even better! Groovy!

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Lara Flynn Bole as Skeletor!

    by Osmosis Jones

    It'll save a bundle on CGI.

  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:49 p.m. CST

    The Rock Says!

    by cornstalkwalker


  • Dec. 23, 2004, 10:50 p.m. CST

    The Rock Says!

    by cornstalkwalker

    I HAVE THE POWER!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Sun Man brotha

    by Darth Thoth

    What about a Sun Man movie? Holla!

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I'm not ashamed one bit to admit that i loved he-man, and I'm no

    by The Founder

    I don't know why so many keep throwing up all these gay references, but to hell with all the nay sayers. I hope they do get a movie off the ground, and I pray that Woo puts some quality into it. As someone already mentioned the he-man mythos has enough interesting characters and concepts to make a great sci-fi/fantasy film, heck if FOX and Woo bring in a good writer this could be a classic. I'm looking foward to a new he-Man film!!!!

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I like He-Man, but I gotta post this

    by castaway

    To the poster that mentioned Thundercats how does this cast list sound: Hayden Christensen as Lion-O (sp) (I know he is not the best choice, but he is the only one I can think of offhand, will gladly hear out another casting suggestion), Ving Rhames as Panthro, D. B. Sweeny as Tygra, Rebecca Romijn as Cheetara, Dakota Fanning as Wilykit (don't know who to cast as the male equivalent Wilykat), Arnold Vosloo as Mumm-Ra (with voice severely altered), and Ahmed Best as the voice of Snarf.... oh yeah and Chloris Leachman as the voice of Mumm-Ra's bulldog, hey it had to be said (tee-hee) cool casting ideas or not? Oh yeah and for the record, I did enjoy seeing the Dolph Lundgren He-Man movie (don't start throwing stones yet, its the very first movie I ever remember seeing next to Snow White) but would gladly never see it remade. I kinda wish now that I had taped a couple of episodes of that new He-Man cartoon that had come on. Nothing really lasts anymore it seems.

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 5:28 a.m. CST

    half vader

    by DocPazuzu

    Thanks for that link. Those designs were incredible! Clearly the artist has been influenced by Brom, but I say that as a good thing. However, there is no fecking way the studio will go with a "re-imagining" as cool as that. Although not a He-Man fan in any way, those pics certainly impressed me.

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Moriarty, what the fuck happened to the thanksgiving

    by JackBurton

    He still hasn't announced the winners for that, if there were any. Has he decided to keep all the swag for himself or what?

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 2:23 p.m. CST

    why speculate?

    by SoulReaver *cough

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 5:23 p.m. CST

    LOTR is nowhere NEAR one of the greatest stories ever.

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit


  • Dec. 24, 2004, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Geezus Harry, would you STOP sucking Peter Jacksons Cock for 1 s

    by TheGinger Twit

    Seriously man.

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 7:07 p.m. CST

    ethan hawke for skeletor !!!

    by jackburtonlives

    you wouldn't need make up or CGI. if you saw AFTER SUNSET, you'll know what i mean.

  • Dec. 24, 2004, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    'Of course Hollywood will go back to He-Man. Anything they can do to promulgate homosexuality, they'll do. This is such an obvious choice that I'm surprised they haven't done it sooner. Sodomites rule!' ---- Am I familiar with the same Hollywood as you? But either way, I find your attitude repulsive.

  • Dec. 25, 2004, 7:18 a.m. CST




  • Dec. 26, 2004, 1:08 a.m. CST

    GreatOne, think of the women (or not)

    by GypsyTRobot

    straight men have scantily clad babes to gawk at, straight women need scantily clad beefcake to ogle. If you think He-Man is gay, maybe you need to do some serious soul-searching. I mean, Skeletor and Orko might have been a little light in the loafers, but He-Man never tripped my gaydar. Hey, was Gargamel and the painter Smurf part of the gay agenda too? What about Cobra Commander? Starscream? Snagglepuss? Yeah, you better not watch TV or movies anymore, clearly Hollywood is trying to turn you gay.

  • Dec. 26, 2004, 12:08 p.m. CST

    He-Man will be played by a rock?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    What kind of rock, exactly? I would suggest a clay brick instead of a rock, since its coloring matches that of He-Man.

  • Dec. 27, 2004, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Skeletor casting

    by hallmitchell

    Go for Vin Diesel as Skeletor, he would rock with his voice alone. Beast Man - Nathan Jones.

  • Dec. 29, 2004, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Here's how you make a He-Man movie work:

    by kiddae

  • Dec. 29, 2004, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Here's how you make a He-Man movie work:

    by kiddae

  • Dec. 29, 2004, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Here's how you make a He-Man movie work:

    by kiddae

    By triple-posting an empty message. HOORAY?!

  • Dec. 31, 2004, 1:53 a.m. CST

    80's cartoon rave - Old School Afternoon

    by GRINGO J

    Yo 80's cartoon fans check this out: Funny stuff! From the creator of OLD SCHOOL AFTERNOON comes another adventure starring your favorite 80's cartoon superstars. HE-MAN, LION-O, SNARF and VOLTRON get their 'toon on at the hottest party of the year; the COBRA ISLAND RAVE! Watch as the boys try their playa moves on TEELAH and CHEETARA with incredible results! Be sure to scan the crowd, because you never know who will show up to get down, dirty and krunk! COBRAAA!!!