He-Man has seen better days. It’s hard to imagine that the character’s last great hurrah was the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe film from the 80s but it’s been that long.
The highly anticipated Kevin Smith animated series saw the character not only lose his balls but also get outshined by his female counterpart. After fans rejected that series, Netflix has decided to take the character into a more live-action direction.
After being in development at Sony for quite some years, the feature project is now moving over to Netflix for a summer start. There was buzz about this some time ago, but Sony would not confirm then. That rumor now is a reality. Sony, meanwhile, will keep rights to the film in China.
Adam and Aaron Nee (The Lost City) remain attached to direct with a screenplay they wrote with David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonder Woman 1984).
Kyle Allen. who plays one of the Jets in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, will star as Prince Adam/He-Man.
For those unfamiliar with the He-Man lore, an orphan named Adam discovers he is a prince destined to be the savior of a faraway land and must quickly learn of his power and the importance of saving his true home from an evil force.
“Masters of the Universe is an iconic property that shaped the imaginations of an entire generation of kids with the message of becoming the best version of yourself,” said Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films. “With our partners at Netflix, we look forward to showing audiences that anything can happen in Eternia. We are continuing to unlock this global franchise in new ways, and we can’t wait to see Kyle battle it out with Skeletor in this epic live-action saga.”
Hopefully Netflix keeps Kevin Smith far, far away from this upcoming iteration of He-Man.