Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures have hired Evan Daugherty to write the latest draft of “Grayskull”, the a big-screen take on the classic “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” franchise of toys and cartoons. John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) is attached to direct. A previous draft was written by Justin Marks.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is hoping to re-imagine the magical fantasy-based franchise as a “gritty fantasy” and reimagine Prince Adam, aka He-Man, as a soldier who finds himself in the otherworldly realm of Eternia. There, he ends up finding his destiny and fighting the warlord Skeletor, who has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating the world of magic.
The Mattel “Masters of the Universe” toy line first appeared in 1981, and has since spawned mutliple toys, three animated series, and even a previous live-action movie starring Dolf Lungren. In the world of Eternia, Prince Adam raises his sword and says “By the power of Grayskull…I have the power!”, transforming into the super-strong warrior hero, He-Man. He-Man and the Masters defend Eternia and the magical fortress of Castle Grayskull from the villainous Skeletor and his minions, who want the power of Grayskull for themselves.
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By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)