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John Stevenson tackles HE-MAN and SKELETOR… SHE-RA snubbed?

Posted on January 31st, 2009
Posted on January 31st, 2009


Ah, He-Man. I have fond memories of that guy. I had many of the toys and never missed an episode of the cartoon after school. I even remember the mother of one of my friends clipped the rams-head off of the staff of his Skeletor action-figure because she thought it was satanic. Sigh… good times.

In 1987, we got the “Masters of the Universe” live-action movie starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Academy Award Nominee Frank Langella as Skeletor, Courtney Cox as Courtney Cox and that “Eat lead, Slacker!” guy from “Back to the Future.” It was a weird film that introduced new non-existent characters from the toys/cartoons and had Skeletor invading Earth, but I came to love it for it’s 80’s cheesiness.

Now, “Kung Fu Panda” director John Stevenson has signed on with Warner Bros. to direct a new live-action version of “Masters of the Universe.” This will mark Stevenson’s first live-action directing job as he resurrects the property for a new generation.

My question is… WHY? Looking back, the source material really doesn’t hold up very well today. I can’t think of a single way to make He-Man cool for the 2010’s. I hope Stevenson has a few tricks up his sleeve to update the property in such a way that it doesn’t wreck the original concept, yet makes it palatable for a hard-to-impress modern audience. After all, the cartoon was originally a half-hour commercial to sell the Mattel toy line of He-Man action figures (collect them all!). Don’t get me wrong. I’m rooting for Stevenson. He’s done bang-up jobs with the animated films he’s worked on. I even met the guy at the “Kung Fu Panda” premiere after party and he seemed like an amiable dude. I do want to send him a sincere “good luck” message as he’s got a heck of a challenge in store for him.

No word on whether She-Ra will appear in the remake (sorry, girls).

Here’s a clip from the original cartoon…

And a trailer for the 1987 live-action film…


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