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That MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Movie May Be Close To Finding A Director!!

Published at: July 31, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST by merrick

Jon M. Chu is in talks to helm Sony's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie, per Deadline.

Chu's first foray into large-scale cinematic action (G.I. JOE: RETALIATION) was due in theaters this Summer, but was famously delayed to 1) convert that film to 3D, and 2) shoot several additional scenes...which are rumored to add more Tatum.  

Before RETALIATION, Chu directed STEP UP 2: THE STREETS and STEP UP 3D, and was firmly placed on the map when he brought us the far more interesting than it might've been JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER. 

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE toys, a line which launched in 1981 can still be easily be had, a new comic series was recently begun by DC, the classic HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE cartoon series is currently available for streaming via Netflix (I myself recently watched the HE-MAN & SHE-RA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and say so with pride)...

...and Gary Goddard's admirably energetic Cannon Films adaptation of the property, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as a deliriously awesome Skeletor, finally arrives on Blu-ray in early October.  

 --more on this documentary HERE! --

 

So, clearly, we're not even close to done with HE-MAN and company.  Nor should we be.  Ever.

There have, in recent years, been a number of runs towards returning MASTERS to the big screen in live action form - all of struggled, or met with unfortunate ends.  It'll be interesting to see if Chu's involvement this time around will be enough to drag this particular project into  reality.  

 

 

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  • July 31, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Big Fucking Deal!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    More Tits!!!!

  • July 31, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Second!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    My first "Second"!

  • July 31, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I'm game.

    by Fawst

    Retaliation looks like ludicrous fun. A live action version of the kinds of scenarios kids came up with with their toys. That cliff battle is right out if my childhood, and it looks great. Take that sensibility and fuse it with MOTU and I think there's a winner in there. It could very well be the popcorn fantasy flick that the genre needs.

  • July 31, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Get Langella back

    by seanpb

    Tell me about the loneliness of evil, He-man. Is it equal to the loneliness of good?

  • July 31, 2012, 7:43 a.m. CST

    i don't get the new love for the old movie..it was terribad..

    by zom-bot.com

    having actually grown up during the years he-man and MOTU were being peddled to kids in my age group, having had castle greyskull and a ton of the toys, having watched the cartoon daily (though it pretty much sucked too)..I remember when the movie came out, I think the toys were already on the way out- the line had already peaked, had a little resurgence with HORDAK, and then gotten shitty again. To top it off- the movie bewildered us fans because it bore no resemblance to the property. It was maybe the first toy/toon to movie translation that 're-envisioned' a property in the shitty, sleek, souless way we get all the time now (with GI Joe,Lost in Space etc)....and makes drastic changes because of budget and laziness (Billy Barty's character because making ORKO would have been too hard, having He-Man come to modern earth and interact with 80's people in the city was a way to save on budget instead of creating a fantasy setting, etc) it just sucked. I'm not sure why AICN is giving it such revisionist history love lately.

  • and will Orko still be gay ?

  • July 31, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    zombot

    by Merrick

    I've always found the 1987 film to be tremendously entertaining. My appreciation for it has been stated before on AICN and is not revisionist.

  • July 31, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    why didn't he listen and let them shit down the movie?

    by nametaken

    time makes fools of us all i guess.

  • July 31, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    SHUT DOWN! meh, shit is probably the better choice.

    by nametaken

  • July 31, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    This movie will fail unless He-Man...

    by buggerbugger

    ...has a voice that makes little boys' pee-pees tingle in that strange and forbidden way the cartoon He-Man's voice managed so effortlessly. Don't lie, I know it wasn't just me.

  • July 31, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I just watched the He-Man/She-Ra Christmas special too!

    by MoPea

    That was awesome! I had completely forgotten that Adam's mother was an Earther.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    zombot

    by seanpb

    I'm under no illusions that MOTU wasn't a great film. Doesn't mean it wasn't and isn't an entertaining film. For one, Bill Conti's score is phenomenal and Langella is magnificent. I don't jest when I say his performance gives us one of the better villains in a sic-fi/fantasy/action film. It honestly is. He owns the character and gives it more respect than it deserves; because of that the film is elevated ten fold. He is utterly mesmerising and totally compelling when on screen. Gary Odell did a tremendous job writing what is a iconic performance. He has half a dozen or more lines that if said in a higher profile picture would be infinitely quotable. I love the film to bits. Just love it.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Skelator was the best part of that 80s live action

    by Nick Hansen

    He Man: I do not want innocent people to die Skelator: Well spoken He Man, how noble... If Skelator hadn't been so good I would have felt the wrath more on this film maybe... Maybe He - Man will actually be made from alien goop and then we'll all need to chill

  • July 31, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Just make it faithful this time

    by Essemtee

    All those characters got new figures made (at $40? Each?!), with deep backstories, their own proper names (Buzz-Off's real name is ZzzzZZZzzzt or some shit), plus their race, the name of the planets they came from, AND how they came to know King Randor/He-Man/Skeletor/Hordak/King Hiss. Medieval sorcery mixed with advanced technology could work in a movie. Put it this way: if Steven Sommers could make *that* mummy movie, a He-Man movie could be made pretty easily.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I know now- as an adult- that langella was a great Skeletor-

    by zom-bot.com

    but as a kid the exact age of the target audience of the movie at the time- I just have no fond memories of it at all. If I watched it again right now, I'm sure I could find something to like about it because I am in a different mindset. but as a kid, my friends and I couldn't stand it. we still watched it multiple times like maybe some bit of creased or folded vhs tape would unkink and there would be scenes something more like the MOTU we loved hidden from the last watch, but alas... But I do apologize, though I wasn't mean or cruel, i didn't meant to bash those that do like it, just saying that I'm 36, I literally grew up with all of the MOTU merch and media, and this movie fit none of that. Which is usually something that doesn't happen to a property until 20 years later when it's made into a movie... For the MOTU movie to be so divergent from the source material AT THE SAME TIME was pretty jarring, and still is, for me. I just don't like it, thought it looked cheap, reminds me a lot of the Super Mario Bros movie to this day. But you have every right to find something in it to like, I won't begrudge you all that.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    fucking stop remaking everything... new ideas new ideas....

    by Creative

  • July 31, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    The Goddard/Cannon Movie

    by Robusto

    As I recall was universally panned on every school playground in America back in the 80's by any fan of the toy. Even as kid everyone thought Dolph was a good He-man just was in a shitty movie. I still cringe at the vegetarian propaganda fried chicken scene. It's a movie that is so bad it's good. I can't recall any level headed kid thinking it was good.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Hollywood! Imagine what Del Toro could do with this.

    by Nerd Rage

    Instead he's making a Voltron knock off.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    zombot

    by seanpb

    I don't think its rose coloured glasses. Its a guilty pleasure picture. I'm happy to watch a film like this and appreciate it flaws and all. In the end the performances ranged from decent (Dolph) to exceptional (Langella), with pass marks in between. The score was top class, the writing very good and, despite all the dramas in bringing it to the screen, the film managed to be pretty engaging (the capture of Greyskull opening was good, the music store shoot out, the finale etc). What more do people want from a property that is getting too much credit being called a glorified toy commercial? Its sort of like Transformers. I watch those films for outrageous spectacle and scale and to see filmmaking on a ridiculous technical level. I don't whinge and cry when the characters in a film about warring robots are underdeveloped, I appreciate the film for what it is and judge it on its merits. Masters of the Universe isn't being lauded as a film deserving of anything more than cult status. People who like it have an affinity with aspects of the film that are universally acknowledged amongst this niche.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    zombot. Nail on head brother.

    by adeceasedfan

    I saw it in the theater at age 12. This is around the time it began to dawn on me that not all films are good. However, I agree with most that Skeletor was pretty cool.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    scratchmonkey. My pee pee tingled just reading the headline.

    by adeceasedfan

  • and maybe this could have a chintzy 'hard rock' soundtrack. Oh! And a giant spider.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    MOTU, GFY!

    by Stalkeye

    That is all!

  • July 31, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    IIIIIIIIII HAVE THE POWEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR!

    by Squashua

    30 year anniversary, beotches!

  • July 31, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Seriously! who the fuck wants this movie

    by IamHERE

    I mean Ant Man, no one in the known universe wants this movie, yet this site tries to pump it up. Now we have Masters of the Universe and all its beefcake gayness soon to hit the screen. I have saved so much money by not going to the movies and wasting my money on pieces of crap.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Put me down on the list of original MOTU movie haters

    by Autodidact

    I always hated HE-MAN as a kid but seeing some of the promo shots on the cover of STARLOG and what not made me pretty keen to see the movie. The fucking movie was a PIECE OF SHIT and it was obvious to me as a little kid that they set it in the real world because it would be too complicated and expensive to show much of Eternia. I think this is the kind of movie they should remake. Despite not loving HE-MAN I think it could still make a pretty good kids' movie and it would be fun to work on it as a designer.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    He-Man 2: He Harder

    by Mickster_Island

    A sequel set 20 years later, with an apathetic King Adam's kingdom under attack from a new villain - Hordak! Hordak has released Skeletor from the goopy pit and they lead an all-out assault on Eternia. So Dolph has to lift his sword once more...

  • When the fact is he was given something like a 17 million dollar budget back in 1986 money, and then was bailed out an additional 5 million or so just to be able to get enough footage to complete a releasable film, which was so bad that it tanked so hard that it pretty much killed Cannon films, who tried to limp on for another couple of years before having to fold completely. Everybody associated with that film, apart from Goddard, lays all the blame for the film and the wasted budget squarely at Goddard's egotistical feet. He was a nightmare to work with. The cast hated him. The crew hated him. The producers regretted ever hiring him and only kept in on after his colossal fuck ups wasted millions of dollars because they were trying to do damage control and avoid more bad press when they realised that the future of Cannon was now riding on the film. There is good reason why Goddard got precious little work after that clusterfuck, his name was effectively blacklisted in Hollywood from then on. Think about this, Goddard spent 22 million (some unofficial estimates say it might really have been as high as 27 million) on a film that looks like a five million dollar movie. By comparison, around the same time Platoon cost 6 million to make, Highlander cost 16 million, Aliens cost 18 million, and The Untouchables cost 20 million. Goddard's clams that he was never given a proper budget is a huge bullshit excuse. The fact is he had one of the larger budgets at the time and spent that budget very poorly.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Filmation was the only reason for hating on He Man.

    by Stalkeye

    The stories were dull and unimaginative, Orco was a shut in for most annoying character in an animated series since Thundercats' Snarf, and not to mention the recycled animation sequences from Adam transforming into He Man to the boring action sequences. Speaking of which, He man never got to kick any ass and it's possibly due to Filmation's stance on anti-violence. (Wheras in GIJoe, you could at least watch Cobra getting the shit kicked out of them, to the extent of Blood and Teeth flying about.) To add insult to injury, those PSAs with He Man and Orco; "and the next time you see your Friend, tell him that you love him.." No wonder why the series was riddiculed on MTV's I Love the 80's for being Gay. Good Concept, flawed execution. If you're gonna do a MOTU Movie, do it right.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Moebius designed some of it

    by Mickster_Island

    I love the movie. It's not Star Wars - it's a knockoff. But it's a really fun knockoff that hits on all the right cliches. "Don't you die on me man" kinda stuff.

  • July 31, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    squashua : Yo Joe! 30th Anniversary Mofo!

    by Stalkeye

  • July 31, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Re: The Curse Of Nostalgia ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Sad that people are still drooling over what, even in the Eighties was considered an afterschool animated half-hour commercial for a line of toys (see also:Transformers, Thundercats, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, M.A.S.K., G.I. Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Rubik the Amazing Cube, fucking RAMBO!!!, etc.). And they weren't even MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, originally!!! They were "Conan the Barbarian" toys that the company had to quickly redesign and alter when it became apparent that a) kids probably weren't overly aware of a line of toys based on an R-rated movie or even a middling Marvel comic book series and b) CONAN the movie didn't exactly set the world on fire at the time.<p></p> Merrick, you forgot to mention the series reboot from the late Nineties (happened around the same time as the "Extreme Ghostbusters" reboot with the jaw-dropping NIN-esque cover of the theme song) that went down the same path as the current "Thundercats" reboot. They actually tried making it "serious" and it rapidly became apparent there was no way to do that.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    mmm...food on little white sticks.

    by MuadDibuhhh

    I still quote that scene every time I eat ribs. It's such a shame that fewer and fewer people get it. <p> He-Man could be a good movie. They just have to do it BIG, and have a real mix of technology and magic, along with some of the more fantasy elements of the story. I wish I could think of a way to reconcile the Prince Adam/He-Man disguise thing, or even meld that mythology with the original mincomics, where He-Man was just a barbarian. But PLEASE: STAY ON ETERNIA, give us Battle Cat and get a good actor for Skeletor (Hugo Weaving might pull it off well. Maybe Jeremy Irons.) I'd also like to see some of the Keldor/Skeletor backstory.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I'm right. A sequel would be awesome. But they'd never do it.

    by Mickster_Island

    The bad guys are taking over. What use is an old He-Man like me?

  • July 31, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    @zombot "because it bore no resemblance to the property"

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    It is certain your statement will cover this new version, as well.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    This site needs to give TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE some love

    by Autodidact

    And I mean multiple writeups. Can anyone name a better series-to-film adaptation in the 80s? The 90s? EVER!?!?

  • July 31, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I'm game.

    by Fawst

    Retaliation looks like ludicrous fun. A live action version of the kinds of scenarios kids came up with with their toys. That cliff battle is right out if my childhood, and it looks great. Take that sensibility and fuse it with MOTU and I think there's a winner in there. It could very well be the popcorn fantasy flick that the genre needs.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Was hoping for CGI

    by lonecow12

    Since Dreamworks bought all the rights to He-Man they could do some amazing stylistic stuff with CGI.

  • No original ideas. Not even enough to get someone else's ideas right.

  • July 31, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    The 1987 Film...

    by Josh Carr

    I actually consider the 1987 movie to be a good film... it's just not a good "He-man Film". As a kid I was hugely disappointed by how different it was from the tone of the cartoon, but as an adult I can appreciate it for what it is. It kind of feels like a project that may have started out as it's own story, but somewhere along the line was re-adapted to fit (sort of) the "Masters of the Universe" mythology to make a quick buck. On it's own merits, though, there's a lot to like about it--a fun, sci-fi "fish out of water" story. I just think that its disappointingly vague link to the toyline has caused it to be underappreciated through the years.

  • July 31, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Looking at He-Man as an adult ...

    by Rick

    it is amazing how wonderfully bizarre all of the characters are. I couldn't fully appreciate them as a child - except to take delight in the toys and cartoon. I still think it is awesome they had toys that smelled like a skunk and evergreen - and others that changed faces.

  • July 31, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    DC Comics New Masters of the Universe Comic

    by Refuge5

    Read the first issue last night... pretty good. By James Robinson - kind of an alternate history take or something... One issue in I liked it... I enjoyed He-Man as a kid but really don't care at this point... a good movie though would be fun. Too bad we didn't get that GI Joe movie this summer so we can know beyond music video movies what Chu can do... I'd think you'd want a He Man movie at least semi epic....

  • July 31, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I was a very wee lad in the 80s...

    by WeylandYutani

    But I always felt this toy line was a distant 5th behind Kenner's Star Wars, Hasbro's GI Joe and Transformers and LEGO. I could never get my head around barbarians with hovercrafts, laser guns and talking skull heads. I guess giant robots that turn into cars does not make much sense either, but for some reason they were more fun.

  • July 31, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Will somebody just shut down Hasbro films permanently??

    by atlatl

    They should rename it Shit-bro films

  • July 31, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    CHEALSIE FIELDS BEEAAAUUUTIIFFUUUULLL ARSE.

    by paul burnett

    Thats all i can remember!

  • July 31, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Didn't early reviews of Joe...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ....indicate that Chu really made a mess of the film? But He-Man seems like a pretty shitty project, if shitty directors have to work, might as well keep them tied up on stuff like this. Or maybe Chu ends up knocking Joe out of the park and early reviews were way off base.

  • July 31, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Maria Shriver as Skeletor vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger as He-Man

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Tatum can play the rest of the cast.

  • July 31, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Maria Shriver as Skeletor vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger as He-Man

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Tatum can play the rest of the cast.

  • July 31, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I want to see a movie based on Secret of the Sword

    by Michael Miller

    If they insist on making this film, at least base it on the only decent arc that the original shows(including She-Ra in there) had.

  • That line needs to appear in this film.

  • July 31, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Recent He-Man Movie board Meeting:

    by Pat

    "The homo-erotic shit stays, gentlemen. There are more gay boys out there than there ever were in '86 and as you all know, gay boys have a lot of money since, demographically, their dads are generally well off sexually repressed studio board members..." As a kid who enjoyed the cartoon, I thought the movie was completely lame, though less gay than the show...what does that say about me? Ha. Anyway, I really did like Meg Foster's eyes. They were always mezmerizing. I have no interest in a new He-Man movie. None whatsoever. I'll stick the old cartoon on Netflix. Just curious, did anyone ever put the toy Trap Jaw's movable mouth down by Skeletor's crotch and go om-nom-nom-nom with it? Yeah...me neither.

  • Hopefully the re-shoots (Who gives a damn about 3D or Tatum?) will improve the delayed sequel. Hey, as long as Duke stays dead, I'm in!

  • July 31, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Gimme a He-Man flick . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . that looks like the artwork on the original toy packaging. I'd see it. That was some dark, mom-scaring good stuff . . .

  • July 31, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Tatum as

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

  • July 31, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Tatum as He-Man!!!

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    Tatum in everything!!!

  • July 31, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Need help with Prince Adam/He-Man...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...was his disguise a tan? I'm serious.

  • July 31, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    by Rob Taylor

    I remember my heart sinking when I realised how much of a turd that movie was in 87... I was with it till the..."Bring me the mercenaries..." line I got all excited thinking "gotta be Trap Jaw, Beastman, Triclops and Merman"... but no we got 3 totally crap creations that were ripped off of Empire Strikes Back. When she said..."and Karg..." that killed it for me. With a mine of all those characters and they created new ones? WTF? No Zodak, Stratos or Ram Man? Skeletor WAS good however, such a shame that performance was wasted. So if you're gonna remake it great but no "darkening" for the sake of it but it has to be a more adult film. This is a franchise that is dead as toys...don't try and make it about bringing them back, make it a love letter to those of us who were MoTU nuts. Throw in as many of the characters as you can, even if it's for a big battle at the end (it'd be fun to see and name even the obscure ones like Kobra Khan or Spikor) and keep the normal "franchise players" out of it. No Gary Oldman as Skeletor (Jackie Earl Haley for me...) No making Dwayne Johnson He-Man, logical though it may be... make Teela (Hayley Attwell) and Evil Lyn (Mila Kunis?) wear next to nothing and most importantly... Ram Man MUST be in it!!!

  • July 31, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Love the 87 version....

    by john

    Hating on it is basically like shooting fish in a barrel at this point but it has a lot of great things going for it other than just Langella's awesome performance. It has a great score, great cinematography and costume design and the story is a lot of fun. It didn't follow the cartoon very well but something tells me that this one wont either. Probably just take the core characters and "Grit" them up a bit. That's not what the film should be. The film should be an awesome mix of medieval sword and sorcery mixed with advanced technology. John Chu sounds like an awful choice for directing duties, though. Sounds like a project someone like Jon Favreau or Sam Raimi would knock out of the park.

  • July 31, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    They re-used animation from 70's Tarzan cartoon

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • July 31, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Armie Hammer for Prince Adam, Brock Lesnar as He-Man.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Why can't he just 'Hulk out'?

  • July 31, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Again with craptacular remakes

    by MrShootist

    arrgh. Heinlein Pournelle Niven Dickson Clarke Bova The list in not exclusive. So many good stories to tell and nobody can tell them. And when they do they do it badly (can you say Starship Troopers?). Bah, and humbug.

  • July 31, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Live action Herculoids or Thundarr, please.

    by StatelyWayneManor

    There is no excuse not to, now.

  • July 31, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    The 1987 movie is actually pretty damn entertaining.

    by eric haislar

    It's def not the cartoon. But it's not awful at all.

  • July 31, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    ONE OF LANGELLA'S FAVORITE ROLES

    by Mullah Omar

    In the wake of his FROST/NIXON Oscar nomination I thought it was pretty cool of him to admit that Skeletor was one his all-time favorite roles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfiOOwJTgg8

  • July 31, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    If the 1987 film was not called Masters of The Universe

    by eric haislar

    and had no relation to He-Man. People would be saying it's a great 80's adventure filck. But because it is nothing like He-Man it gets shit on. I am telling you all watch it again it's entertaining as fuck and has some really awesome moments.

  • July 31, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    This will end badly

    by Dr. Chim Richalds

    Even as a little kid, I was astounded by how absolutely horrible the 80's movie was (and how little it actually resembled the cartoon/toy line). And, you know, that was before I realized how terrible the cartoon itself was. There's no way this will be a quality film.

  • ... the projector burned the film up about 1 hour in. No one bothered with refunds, we all sort of sighed and left. It was THAT bad.

  • July 31, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Oh ok 87, not 88

    by Ricardo

    My bad

  • Can you polish a turd?

  • July 31, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Never liked the cartoon or the movie.

    by Christian Sylvain

    They both seemed kinda gay to me.

  • July 31, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy as He-Man...

    by Wickham Jones

    That would rock.

  • July 31, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the 2002-2004 series?

    by BizarroJerry

    Cartoon Network put it out and updated the series, made it a bit more series and created an origin for Skeletor, etc. It was on for a season or two but no one seems to remember it! And it was pretty good. I know they won't but that would make an okay basis for a film.

  • July 31, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    But will Fearless Photog be in it???

    by Triple_J_72

  • July 31, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Correct me if I am wrong about the 80s movie

    by Diego

    But wasnt Courtney Cox on it?

  • July 31, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Yes C. Cox was in it.

    by DarthBlart

  • July 31, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This show sucks

    by Steve Lamarre

    I liked the show a little when I was like ten. But it was more of a well-it's-the-only-thing-on-now-so-I'll-watch kinda thing. Surely there's a better cartoon out there to make a movie of.

  • July 31, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    by Rob Taylor

    Agreed, IF it hadn't been a HE-Man movie, with some random protagonist who just looked like him, great... Just like Cyborg worked as a movie when it was basically the props and costumes for the sequel... ok a bad but good movie... but that's the point right? The 87 MoTU was the most cynical of the toy movies and it showed... We know you love THESE characters, but we're gonna make you go out and buy THESE ONES (Karg, I am looking at you). Lundgren was the best available at the time and he wasn't shocking... but he also sucked, there is no way round it. Put Tatum in the same role today, same thing... Now Tom Hardy, that has some possibilities, but the guy cannot grow hair clearly, and the last thing we need is a bad Ultimate Warrior impression and wig...and yet another franchise king... The one guy I have seen who can do it is the one guy who can't... Chris Hemsworth... I saw Thor and instantly thought of him as an awesome He-Man... Someone said Brock Lesnar and stupidly they were'nt far off... sure Triple H is a bit wooden but he...might...work, if there is a real transformation there ala Hulk... or if they go Older He-Man who still got it wrong? but we all know they're gonna cast Dwayne...

  • July 31, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I Dare Anyone......I am Skeletor!

    by SmokieGeezer

    Nostalgia clouds my judgement on this Film, I still like to play Bill Conti's riff on my keyboard. The film is like COMMANDO, Brainless Fun

  • July 31, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    NO!!!...............................mine.

    by JediRob

    Brilliant.

  • The crew did not hate Gary Goddard. I have interviewed a number of the actors and artists from the film in recent years for He-Man.org, and they had nothing but good things to say about him. Also, Goddard only had 17 million (total) to make the film. He was promised way more than that, but Golan & Globus got greedy, and started "redistributing" the money to other productions (like Superman 4). Goddard had to film the end of the film on the cheep months later (the sword fight between Skeletor and He-Man), because Cannon pulled funding at the 11th hour. Goddard financed the actual ending himself. Mattel gave more money to Golan-Globus, because they threatened to not finish the movie if they didn't have the extra money (for FX), but Goddard paid for the sword fight ending/light show. Also, Goddard was never a Hollywood director. He was a producer of large stage shows for studio attractions, like T2-3D and Conan, as well as numerous Star Trek attractions. That has always been his bread and butter, and he is known as the best in the business for these shows. He wasn't blackballed from Hollywood at all. Mattel was so happy with the work that Gary Goddard did, that despite the hiccups with Cannon Films, they worked together to bring Captain Power to TV. Cannon had the rights taken away for a sequel, because they ditched Goddard for Albert Pyun, who claimed he could make a He-Man film for $4.5 million... which of course, was impossible.

  • July 31, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Chu it!!

    by Fries Against

  • July 31, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Young Courtney Cox = Jared Leto

    by dixieflyer

    Weird.

  • July 31, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Old Courtney Cox = Skeletor

    by adeceasedfan

    Weirder.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    OH SNAP!

    by dixieflyer

  • July 31, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Lol.

    by adeceasedfan

  • July 31, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Avengers had pretty much the same plot as the 1987 He-Man movie.

    by Gary Makin

    Except that the invasion happened in New York rather than a small town. A portal is used, hovercraft come through, etc.

  • July 31, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    well said zombot

    by IAmLegolas

    you pretty much nailed my experience growing up with He-Man and how I felt about the movie. Shit.... Orko was a product of the cartoon anyway, created for comic relief, fuck him!

  • I was sad that it was canceled after 2 seasons since they were hinting at Hordak for the third season. Oh and by the way it was made by Mike Young animation studio and aired on Cartoon Network.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Revisionist love....

    by Playkins

    Every time I see someone exclaim how "brilliant" Starship Troopers is, I want to shove my DVD copy down their throat. I was on AICN back when that movie came out, and I vividly remember the open, nearly 100% criticism for that movie. In fact, the only other movie I remember similar levels of criticism towards was Battlefield: Earth.<P> The original MOTU blew. The only two bright spots were Langella's perfect Skeletor and James Tolkan playing pretty much the same character he did in "Back to the Future".

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Make it more like the first wave pack-in comics with art

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    by Alfredo Alcala. The later silly cartoon fucked up the tone and aesthetic of those books.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Doesn't some of the new love

    by Chairman_Kaga

    for the '87 film stem from the intentional homage to Kirby's New Gods. I too was a kid who was sad they moved the story to Earth to save money but I always thought Skeletor was amazing in the film, especially compared to his complete ineptitude on the cartoon series. As an adult I find much more to enjoy about the film.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Mattel is currently doing well with its MOTU classics

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    line, which is faithful to the original designs, but, most likely they'll screw those fans over, like Hasbro movies have done to theirs.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Are we seriously talking about this..

    by ShakaLaka Lambo

    the director of step up, and a justin beiber movie is going to direct HE MAN (which was more gay than the ambiguisly gay duo, not that there is anything wrong with that). Chu? Achoo? (a Jew? where?) God I miss Mel Brooks.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    yeah i know i can't spell, but cmon men in tights was great...

    by ShakaLaka Lambo

    I too am sick of the remakes, I'm tired of them raping my childhood memories. G.I.Joe was one of the worst offenders. Tatum and the least funny Waylon brother? Really? Thats all they could think of ? Destro is suddenly Irish or Scottish or some shit? Dr. Mindbender is really Cobra Commander??? He turns into C.C. and suddenly he's caught and in a super prison in like two seconds????? GOD I HATE THAT MOVIE!! Oh yeah and Duke and the Baroness were an item cause she's actually an American?????? My 8 year old son who loves the original cartoon said to me just the other day "Dad, one of the dumbest things in that movie was having Duke beat Snake-Eyes" From the mouths of babes...Hear me now and believe me later if they try to remake Cannonball Run I'm pulling a Jay and Silent Bob and going to Hollywood to put an end to it now whose with me????

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    shakalakalambo: Destro WAS Scottish

    by Playkins

    Didn't you ever wonder why he sounded like Sean Connery in the cartoon?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    It better have ORCO, muthafuckuhs!!!!

    by Henry Fool

    As bad as the original movie was, it was actually pretty well cast. I won't see this in theaters. It's too childish for me. But I may check it out on video. I hope they have Dolph cameo. I've always really liked him as a person and actor. He gave the best performance in "The Expendables".

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Casting. Nic Cage as Skeletor.

    by hallmitchell

    Lindsay Lohan as She-Ra.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    TOO LATE

    by CuervoJones

    Give another John Carter movie.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Why?

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Even as a kid growing up with the cartoon and toys I thought it was kind of gay. Are they going to give all the male characters hairy thongs to wear?

  • and holds many fond memories... of err... watching it on vhs, with my Brother.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    MYAAH

    by The Fuck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FPFCpth6no

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Mandatory MANOWAR soundtrack!

    by adeceasedfan

    Secret of the Sword already sounds like a Manowar album.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Manowar should have done the Thor soundtrack...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Thor the mighty, THOR the brave...

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Hail statelywaynemanor!

    by adeceasedfan

    Crush the infidels in your way!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Listen to Goddard's commentary and...

    by Alan_Moore

    *Never once* is the name Dolph Lundgren mentioned! It's true. He has good things to say about Frank, of course, but it's highly unusual to sit through a feature film commentary and not have the top billed actor even mentioned. Goddard and Lundgren must hate each other!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    All hail adeceasedfan! Death to false metal!

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Can't believe how popular a MOTU thread is... there must be a lot of 80's kids around here. Hope the Micronauts movie happens.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    autodidact, re: Transformers: The Movie

    by spire_walk

    I loved that movie then and still love it to this day. You've got some balls when you just start killing the fuck out of the Gen 1 transformers in the first half hour. I know it was supposed to be a way to "bury" the old toy line and introduce the Gen 2 line, but they did it in such an epic way that it worked. First of all, you make the enemies a REAL threat to the protagonists, instead of the bad guys just waving their fists and yelling "NEXT TIME!!!" after a brief laser battle that doesn't kill anyone. Second, by killing Optimus Prime, they elevated his character status from robot trucker who leads other robot cars to the tragic, fallen God King. He also doesn't die like a bitch, he and Megatron throw the fuck down. Hot Rod, instead of being wholesome and perfect, has character flaws, which contribute to the death of Optimus, so he has to deal with being the guy who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when he should have stayed out of the fucking fight in the first place. Megatron who becomes Galvatron, is given a little depth as well. When he kills Starscream (which is probably the coolest death in the whole movie), he shows his philosophy versus the usurper. Starscream is wearing a cape and a jeweled crown. After Starscream is fucking vaporized, the crown tumbles down the stairs to Galavatron's feet, who crushed it out like a cigarette. He never had need for a symbol of authority, he was the authority. He makes a pact with "the devil," and you begin to feel sympathy for him whenever Unicron's torturing him. You see Unicron nearly genocide a race of intelligent robots, with one escaping. Of course, he survives only to be executed by the Quintisons in a psychopathic show trial. This truly is the greatest film adaptation of any cartoon ever. A thousand times better than Bayformers.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane for He-MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Crosby Brito

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    statelywaynemanor.

    by adeceasedfan

    80's kid through and through as evidenced by the G.I.Joe t-shirt I'm wearing.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    spire_walk and autodidact re: TRANSFORMERS:The Movie

    by REMcycle

    I agree wholeheartedly...I still re-watch parts of that movie over and over again because they're THAT good; soooo much better than Bayformers. I think that was one of my first cinema-geekout moments. I was 8 or 9 and all into the show where everyone shot lasers at each other but never hit anything...then I get to the theater and autobots are literally dying left and right; smoke rising from their wounds and open mouths, their eyes slowly fading out before they fall to the ground...Megatron executing Ironhide by shooting him in the face at point-blank range...that badass cock-rock soundtrack...It was pure awesome!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    say it with pride?

    by tailhook

    Gay pride? Cause seriously... He-man was. Obviously you missed the He-man porn film with Man-at-arms.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth only Non Wrestler that resembles He-Man

    by Crosby Brito

    BUT ---- double dipping on 2 characters that are essentially similar just doesn't work.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    There is nothing gay about fur underwear.

    by adeceasedfan

    Just itchy.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Mike (American Gladiators) O'Hearn as He-Man...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...but he's pushing 40 & Hollywood likes them young.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Geez... who cares! plus...

    by Dan

    what a pack of hypocrits! SW prequels get slagged on constantly YET this shit is given all kinds of love for doing far worse.... give me a Nell Carter-sized BREAK!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    As for He-Man, nope. Never dug it...

    by Dan

    Crappy toys were too expensive and dumb with their limbs jutting out; play-ability was impractical.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    remcycle, others.

    by adeceasedfan

    I was seriously let down with Transformers: The Movie. I was 11 and hated that they killed everybody in the 1st 25 minutes. It has it's moments and yes I own it, but Hot Rod?! Really? Btw love the soundtrack, got it on cd. Note the coked up singer of Lion singing ...the evil Unicorn! LMAO!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    you cant fade out

    by Micah

    bullpen talking.... dude that was great

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    *odering He-Man sword letter opener from Comic Con*

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Grr...ordering. God bless Ebay.

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Oh, and a Shogun Warriors movie, please.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    It's always odd...

    by Dan

    how properties like this have a logical chance of making it into a movie, yet it's buggard big time... GI Joe Super Mario Brothers Lara Croft- to a lesser extent He-Man.......

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Could be cool. Not sure about this guy directing... But casting-wise...

    by Benja the Ninja

    Chris Hemsworth as He-man as someone else said, Tom Hardy as Skeletor, Lynn Collins as Teelah, Judi Dench as the Sorcerous (Spelling?) Jeff Bridges as Duncan (Man at Arms), Zach Galifinakas as Orko (I'm not kidding) Will Ferrell as Kringor (Battle Cat) (Voice only) (Also not kidding) Mickey Rourke as Beast-Man.... Who is ready for me to make this movie???

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    @adeceasedfan: THE EVIL UNICORN! FUCK YEAH! LOL!

    by REMcycle

    The second half definitely loses momentum, but the first half of TF:The Movie is pure gold to me...but mostly because of how I reacted to it as a kid. Ah, memories.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ...and I had no idea they actually released the OST...

    by REMcycle

    ...but then again I just recently swiped the OST to that so-bad-its-good Charlie Sheen flick THE WRAITH from The Pirate Bay, so anything's possible if you know where to look.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Everyone must seek and find THE TOUCH.

    by adeceasedfan

    However method that you choose. You've got the touch...you've got the POWAHHHH! YEAH!!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    As a Lifetime He-Fan

    by Aquanaut

    MOTU has a vast mythology that lends itself to fertile movie ground for a capable director. and when i say vast, i mean LOTR vast (though admittedly, not as intricate). as far as anything concerning MOTU being "gay"...that's a conceit that can be applied to any superhero, and many high fantasy characters, including conan- this of course has nothing to do with the characters themselves, who are completely awesome- no, this has more to do with the insecurities that come pre-packaged in your typical heterosexual male. the filmation cartoon was iconic. cheesy, yes...but it had some interesting stories, thanks to the burgeoning work of a young paul dini, and an up and coming j. michael straczynski. in many other ways, it was the 60's batman show of the he-man franchise. those same ideas flipped towards the gritty could become the next star wars/ LOTR. the rebooted cartoon in the early 2000's already to some extent showed this, not to mention the early mini-comics that came out before either cartoon. and i don't really care if the whole enterprise got it's start as a cynical launch pad for action figures...what it became was a beautiful pastiche of sci-fi and fantasy...i mean what's not to love? it had barbarian supermen, humanoid animal men, warrior women, robots, sorcerers, monsters, giant tigers, swords, technology...and memorable character designs. as for the '87 movie...i think even as a kid i instinctively understood, that the movie could be taken as simply an alternate take on the mythology of he-man- a different telling. the only thing that bothered me was the trip to modern day earth. but yeah, langella said skeletor was his favorite role, and it shows. hell, there are langella scenes that feel like they belong in a much better movie- "if i kill he-man, i make him a martyr, a saint...no, I want him BROKEN.", and all the while he's caressing evil-lyn, holding her face to his. i also love the shot after gwyldor's door gets blown open, and we see the smoke clear to a closeup on karg's vicious mug, as he says "find the key! TEAR THIS PLACE APART!" i won't say it's a good movie, but i like it...and while i missed the henchmen from the comics and cartoons, the new mercenaries weren't bad. however, in place of saurod, we could have easily had mer-man, and in place if blade we could have had tri-klops, and i think we could have made gwildor blue and called him orko, and gotten away with it, but these are mere quibbles. the whole movie is an exercise in the cast and crew trying their best with limited resources. as far as the new movie...i don't know if chu is the right man for the job...i'll reserve my judgment until after i see g.i. joe...but the masters of the universe classics line that mattel is putting out now have done a decent job of cleaning up and expanding the mythology, so the story is already there. i would love to see del toro on this but...alas. all i know is, years after g.i. joe figures started getting loose limbed and flimsy, he-man figures are still out there, lasting. they were tough toys, meant for the sandbox. MOTU inhabits an interesting space in the zeitgeist...one where there's a peripheral awareness in the collective western mind that lends the property to an instant recognition that studios love, and yet due to the lack of exposure, the whole thing still has a freshness to it.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Glad to see TF: The Movie getting the props it so deserved.

    by Stalkeye

    Despite not doing impressive Box Office numbers, it was a breakthrough animated Film especially one tailored for American audiences. No cutesy Disney fluff, but instead action, drama, comedic bits here and there, Spike's infamous "Holy Shit" line, and finally, pathos Most have took the death of Optimus Prime and the Autobots very seriously. (To the extent of renigging on killing off GIJoe's Duke.) Great Animation courtesy of Toei Daga and a memorable soundtrack thanks to Vince Di Cola and Lion. (The Transformers rock theme is one of my iphone's ringtones.) Even over 20 Years, the film ages well. And yes, as I have also mentioned, that it 's still better than Bay's abominations.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    RE: "...and I had no idea they actually released the OST... "

    by Stalkeye

    LOL what's funny is before seeing the Movie, I purchased the Album. Unfortunately, there was a major spolier alert on one of the track's titles; The Death of Optimus Prime. The instrumental tracks alone were worth the purchase. I recommend getting ahold of the Botcon edition of the soundtrack. it includes virtually EVERYTHING.

  • ... The one with 'By the Power of looooooove! By the Power Aboooooove! I have the paaaaower! I have the paaaaower!' being belted out, y'know that one?

  • Sales for the adult collectors line are down this year. At 70% right now. If Mattel doesn't sell enough subscriptions this week, the line will most likely be cancelled!

  • Pretty cool video posted online today, from the actor who played Blade in 1987 Dolph Lundgren film. Showing his support for the MOTU: Classics line, which might be cancelled next week (yikes!!). Would love to have his character as an action figure! That guy kicks ass! https://vimeo.com/46737583

  • Wowza! It's 1987 all over again!!! The actor who played Saurod has a message supporting MOTU:Classics posted too! I hope this means that if the line continues, we are getting MOTU movie characters made this year! I want a Langella Skeletor!! Blade and Saurod kick so much ass!! If they are making a new movie, these two guys should definitely be in the new movie!! https://vimeo.com/46737019

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

    by daniel parker

    This and MY LITTLE PONY are two of my favorite cartoons from this era. Make it happen!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Anthony DeLongis is cool as hell...

    by REMcycle

    Got a chance to meet him on the set of SECONDHAND LIONS way back during my 7.5 minutes as an extra. :) Very nice guy, knows his shit about stunts with blades.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    srmageddonproductions speading urban legends

    by Chief Joseph

    Your story about the He-Man toyline's origin is false. And the "rebooted" He-Man and Thundercats shows were both great. They respected the characters and only ditched the goofier elements of the original work. That's how it SHOULD be done.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    PIRATES OF DARKWATER: THE MOVIE

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    DOOO IT

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    2002-2004 series is great.

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Seriously awesome, criminally underwatched show.

  • And maybe the reason they're waiting? Converting to 3D? Means it came out great?? Maybe????

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    You know what this remake is?

    by SinclairZX_81

    Japanese

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    This movie needs to be like 300

    by Megaforce

    A 7" He-man riding a realistic cgi sabre tooth tiger battle cat, sword in hand slashing up evil minions in 300 style slow mo. anything else is just shit

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    typo

    by Megaforce

    thats 7' foot even not 7 inches

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Re: the 80s movie

    by Megaforce

    Had they kept it in Eternia and expanded the cool Castle Greyskull artwork they used in the prologue, then maybe it would have worked But NOOOO They focused the story about a young Courtney Cox's emotional journey over her dead parents... yes thats what I think of when I want to gosee a He-man film....more earth based mellow drama please, less title characters!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Re; Aquanaut

    by Megaforce

    The 80s movie cost £22 million to make, hardly limited resources back then. He-man hardly appears in his own film

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    ...

    by alexander

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGi1b 64AILk

  • Just uploaded this evening! I'm guessing some movie figures must be on their way... A Dolph Lundgren He-Man, perhaps? https://vimeo.com/46851597