'Kung Fu Panda' co-director John Stevenson has the power....to bring 'Masters of the Universe' to live-action life. Variety reports that he's just been hired by Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver to develop the toy-to-animation-to-film property into a live-action movie.
Fans know He-Man and the gang primarily from the various animated incarnations. The story features a Clark Kent-esque prince Adam who transforms into the greatest hero in all Eternia to fight the evil techno-lord Skeletor. He-Man did make the leap to live-action once before in 1987s under-appreciated film starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella and Courtney Cox. That film becomes more funs for fan who watch it through the filter of Jack Kirby's 'New Gods', from which the filmmakers borrowed heavily.
Silver is producing with Mattel's Barry Waldo executive producing.
Stevenson will start with the script written a few years back by Jusin Marks.
After Hasbro struck it big at the box office with the first 'Transformers' movie there's since a push to see various toy brands onto the big screen. This summer sees the Autobots return in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and the launch of 'G.I.Joe' as well.