From cartoons to comics, one simply can't deny the popularity and influence of Mattel's Masters of the Universe franchise. And while She-Ra has made her return to the world of animation in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, her brother He-Man will soon be returning to the silver screen in a new film from Sony Pictures and Mattel Films, with Men in Black: International writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway helping him on the trip.
As announced to today by Variety, the writing duo has been given the task of producing the script for the film, with David S. Goyer -- who was previously in talks to direct, and had written an earlier draft for the project -- serving as an executive producer. Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers) will direct the long-in-development film.
Starting off as a popular toyline in 1982, Masters of the Universe focuses on He-Man, the superhuman alter ego of Prince Adam of Eternia, as he and his fellow heroes protect their world from the machinations of the evil Skeletor and his minions. The last time the characters were featured on the big screen was the 1987 Masters of the Universe film, which starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. Originally a commercial and critical disaster, the film has since gone on to develop a cult following.
Masters of the Universe was slated to arrive in theaters on Dec. 18, but may now get a new release date.