“Thor: The Dark World” screenwriter Christopher Yost will turn his focus from one buff blonde dude to another: Variety reports that Yost has been hired by Sony Pictures and Escape Artists to do a rewrite on the “Masters of the Universe” reboot, looking to revive the franchise that made He-Man a household name to children of the ’80s.
Several filmmakers have attempted to harness the fabulous secret powers of the He-Man universe, dating back to reports in 2007 that John Woo was working on an adaptation. Based on the beloved ’80s cartoon and toy line, a previous “Masters of the Universe” live-action movie was released in 1987, starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella as He-Man and Skeletor, respectively.
Yost is a veteran comic book writer, penning series including “X-Force,” “Scarlet Spider” and “New X-Men” both individually and with Craig Kyle, his frequent collaborator. He also worked extensively on Marvel animated series including “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and “X-Men: Evolution,” where Yost and Kyle created the popular character X-23, who as of this fall will be Marvel Comics’ main Wolverine character. The two are co-writers of “Thor: Ragnarok,” scheduled for release in 2017.
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