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Warner Bros. Dumps He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe

Looks like they no longer have "the power."



Warner Bros. has decided to drop their plans on reviving the Masters Of The Universe franchise.  The movie had been in the works since 2007 with Joel Silver set to produce (I first mentioned it HERE).  According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Mattel simply couldn't agree on the direction to take the movie.  They both agreed to let the option for the movie to lapse.
 
For fans of He-Man, this doesn't necessarily mean the movie is dead.  Mattel now has control again and will shop it around to other studios.  John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will still be directing but Joel Silver will no longer be attached.  Silver has an exclusive contract with Warner Bros.  (Warner Bros. still has plans for making a 'Hot Wheels' movie with Mattel). 
 
I think the tone of the movie is what could really determine its success.  The original cartoon was pretty cheesey (as were most 80s cartoons).  The real question would be who do they want to gear this towards?  With Mattel involved and the built in potential for a new toy line, they might want a child-friendly film.  The thought of that would most likely make those of us that recall the cartoon cringe.  There were some good characters created for the show.  Taking a slightly darker direction could really make this a franchise worth seeing.  I just have the feeling that it will end up a lighter tone.
 
How do you feel about He-Man?  Do you think it should have a darker, edgier tone to it or be friendly enough for the kids to see (and buy up all the toys)?  Have you ever watched the cartoons or read the comics?  Have you actually seen the last live-action attempt with Dolph Lundgren?

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Posted by NightFang

That sucks. If they are going to make a He-Man movie it sould be PG-13 & it could be Star Wars meets Lord of the rings.

Posted by joshmightbe

gargoyles was for kids and it was pretty dark so maybe they can find a happy medium with heman
Posted by ryanwh

Other than the green tiger, which I liked purely because it was cool looking, I don't really feel one way or the other about this. He Man is just a lamer version of Conan or Beastmaster.

Posted by joshmightbe
@ryanwh:
ok yes he wasnt near as cool as conan but id say hes atleast equal to beast master
Posted by Nort

I saw the live-action movie when I was younger it seemed good then.

Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

Man that Dolph Lundgren adaptation was horrible, so was his version of The Punisher.   All you youngins out there, be glad you missed these movies.
 
BTW, I love Dolph.  Ivan Drago ruled!

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Posted by ryanwh
@joshmightbe said:
" @ryanwh: ok yes he wasnt near as cool as conan but id say hes atleast equal to beast master "
In my mind the only movie that comes close to approaching the rawness of the first Conan movie is the first Beastmaster movie. This is that, but without the blood, and with a bunch of Snarf-est mascot style characters.
Posted by Precise
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" Man that Dolph Lundgren adaptation was horrible, so was his version of The Punisher.   All you youngins out there, be glad you missed these movies.  BTW, I love Dolph.  Ivan Drago ruled! "
True. I can't hate on the Punisher movie though if it was only for the reason a Dutch actor played a part in that movie. You know how rare it is for a Dutch actor to be in an American movie? Well besides Famke Jansen.
Posted by Bruce Vain

Man it seems like He-Man can't catch a break. 
 
I feel when they finally DO do a He-Man movie it should be more similar to the Cartoon Network version were it seemed more geared towards the adults who grew up watching He-Man. I felt it was better for Cringer not to speak in the new series.
Posted by joshmightbe
@ryanwh:
i loved snarf when i was a kid
Posted by xerox_kitty

Oh  God, that Dolph Lungren version was so bad.  I can laugh my way through a lot of bad movies, but that one is SO bad it makes me wanna cry :(

Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady

Even though I never much followed He-Man or She-Ra, they were huge, and the movie has a cult following. I'm pretty sure they can make a pretty good movie of it, say if it were paced more like the original Star Wars movies or the Sam Jones Flash Gordon. 
 
 
 

Posted by Scarecrow4

I loved the old Movie is that weird I own it on both VHS and DVD

Posted by Precise
@Scarecrow4 said:
" I loved the old Movie is that weird I own it on both VHS and DVD "
Different people, different tastes. Not weird at all. Not to say i share your opinion on it though :p
Edited by Kid_Zombie

To Answer the questions: yes i watched the cartoon, owned the toys and saw the original movie ha ha.
 
This is to bad, I agree with KNIGHT FANG, This could be star Wars meets lord of the Rings and be huge. lord of the Rings had dark scenes but also sold toys, so they could pull it off here as well. To bad WB is not doing it because, I beleve a darker tone was what they were going for. But who knows, another studio who is way better might pick it up and do a great job with it. We'll just have to wait and see. Just please not FOX.
 
For sure BRUCE VAIN, the new cartoon was great, and they for sure should follow their lead. 
 
RED L.A.M.P: Ya man Doulph rules! Cant wait for The Expendables!

Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady
@xerox-kitty said:
" Oh  God, that Dolph Lungren version was so bad.  I can laugh my way through a lot of bad movies, but that one is SO bad it makes me wanna cry :( "
lol
Posted by King Quisling

Lol I've seen the Lundgren version.....Twice for some reason. It was actually better than that old school Red Sonja movie and almost up there with Conan: The Destroyer. Had that same boring "I couldn't care less" feeling to it. 

Posted by Namor1987

I'vr seen the Lundgren movie but cant remember it to well but IMO I always thought the original cartoon was gay but the new series was badass I followed it regularly
Posted by Red L.A.M.P.
@Precise said:

" @Red L.A.M.P. said:

" Man that Dolph Lundgren adaptation was horrible, so was his version of The Punisher.   All you youngins out there, be glad you missed these movies.  BTW, I love Dolph.  Ivan Drago ruled! "
True. I can't hate on the Punisher movie though if it was only for the reason a Dutch actor played a part in that movie. You know how rare it is for a Dutch actor to be in an American movie? Well besides Famke Jansen. "
Wut?  Dolph is a Swede!  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolph_Lundgren
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Posted by Precise
Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Not seen the original one for years, dont even remeber much about it. Shame this new one has been droped though i doubt it will stay this way for long.

Posted by #1ElderScrollsFan
@Precise said:
" @Red L.A.M.P. said:
" Man that Dolph Lundgren adaptation was horrible, so was his version of The Punisher.   All you youngins out there, be glad you missed these movies.  BTW, I love Dolph.  Ivan Drago ruled! "
True. I can't hate on the Punisher movie though if it was only for the reason a Dutch actor played a part in that movie. You know how rare it is for a Dutch actor to be in an American movie? Well besides Famke Jansen. "
Dolph Lundren is Swedish not Dutch 
And Red Lamp Dolph Lundren's version of Punisher should win an Oscar compared to that Punisher: War Zone movie, that was by far the worst comic book movie ever.
Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

I have been reading Dolph's wikipedia page and am now amazed by him.  Did you all know he has a Masters in Chemical Engineering and is a 3rd Degree Blackbelt with competition wins back in the 80s.  He's also part of the US Olympic team for pentathlon!
 
pimping wikipedia again...
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolph_Lundgren

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Posted by FoxxFireArt
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" Man that Dolph Lundgren adaptation was horrible, so was his version of The Punisher.   All you youngins out there, be glad you missed these movies.  BTW, I love Dolph.  Ivan Drago ruled! "
I, sadly, am just old enough to remember both of those movies. It's amazing the things you watch as a little kid and enjoy, but you grow up and realize, "what was I thinking?". As the Punsher he didn't even wear the logo.

I liked how they tried to revive the cartoon a few years back, but it got kind of weak after a few episodes. So much potential wasted.
I think they need to try and completely re-imagine the series. Sort of along the lines of Battlestar Galactica.
Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady

The Dolph version wasn't that bad, actually. It's very reminiscent of a lot of eighties action movies with a quasi-music video look to them, a la the Robocop movies, Terminator, Cobra, Back To The Future, etc. Very distinct. Ya, he's quite a man. This is probably my fave Dolph movie.
 
I have not seen it yet, but I've actually heard lots of good things, but a few bad things, about Punisher : War Zone, with Ray Stevenson. The bad things always seem to be that it wasn't released on enough theater screens and that it was "very violently dark and dismal" in a lot of parts. Like Death Wish meets The Hostel. Much more so, apparently, than the other Punisher movies. That also seems to be a good thing, depending on who you ask.
 
I really liked the Thomas Jane version. I probably wouldn't have picked any of these actors for the role but they all seem to have filled the bill. 
 
 
 

Posted by Media_Master

Haven't seen the show or the movies, and unsurprising, I still don't have any feelings on He-Man

Posted by heroic_warrior76

I'm so upset  I'm hoping to see a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe live action movie by Warner Bros. Pictures, plus The Masters of the Universe action figures back in toy stores everywhere. I hope He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will make a successful comeback just like The Transformers More Than Meets The Eyes and G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, I wish Mattel Toys will find a way to bring He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back in the World successful famous and cool as always just like the good old 1980's era.

Posted by stereonovapostfun
@joshmightbe: 
I think snarf is a Thundercat hero....  
He-man's tiger is called "battle cat"
Posted by Luthorcrow

Thanks God this moving is not getting made.  Movie goers and can rejoice that another abomination is not being birthed.
 
He-Man isn't worthy of a new underroos line much less a movie.
 

Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct

sort of on topic, more informational.
the company that does He-Man, Mattel, is also Disneys go-to-guy.
market analysis is currently stating a strong likelihood that Marvel
will bail out of Hasbro, and have Four Horsemen Studios produce
their figures through Mattel as they do MOTU via Disneys request.
i wonder if there is any relation in that with WB dropping MOTU?
personally, while WB is a good company, they are handling one to 
many licenses at the current time, and i feel MOTU would be better
suited elsewhere with someone that could budget out more resources
and time to the series, as it is legendary, likewise i feel the same about 
Hasbro with Marvel figures. my personal dream would of course be
something as close to the original MOTU comics, and by that i mean the dark
and very Conan ones included with the original action figures.