Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Panda" Director Takes On "Grayskull: Masters Of The Universe"...

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In the wake of the boffo box office for the "Transformers" live-action, toy-inspired features, comes reports that producer Joel "Lethal Weapon" Silver has signed John "Kung Fu Panda" Stevenson to direct a new, live-action version of "He-Man", based on the popular line of the "Masters of the Universe" toys.

"Grayskull: Masters Of The Universe" will be produced by Warners in conjunction with toy manufacturer Mattel.

The original Filmation Studios animated series, inspired by author Robert E. Howard's "Conan The Barbarian", aired 130 syndicated episodes in 1983, featuring 'He-Man' defending 'Eternia' and the secrets of 'Castle Grayskull' from the evil forces of 'Skeletor'.

The series was followed in 1990 by "The New Adventures of He-Man".

The first series was set during the aftermath of a 'Great War', when the 'Sorceress of Castle Grayskull', aka 'The Goddess', gave 'Prince Adam', son of planet Eternia's 'King Randor' and the earthling 'Queen Marlena', his He-Man super powers, holding aloft the 'Sword of Power', proclaiming, "By the power of Grayskull...I have the power!"

Adam's physique would then ripple with muscles and his green tiger 'Cringer' would change into the armored 'Battle Cat'.

He-Man's love interest was 'Teela', female 'Captain of the Royal Guard', adoptive daughter of mentor 'Duncan', aka 'Man-At-Arms' and the only daughter of 'The Sorceress'.

He-Man's chief adversary Skeletor was a blue-skinned sorcerer with a cowled skull for a head, skilled in black magic, wielding a 'Havoc Staff' ram's skull atop a rod for channeling magic.

Skeletor's reptilian base of operations was 'Snake Mountain', a fortress made of black basalt located on the 'Dark Hemisphere' of Eternia. His motley crew of henchmen included witch 'Evil-Lyn', 'Beast Man', bionic 'Trap-Jaw', multi-sighted 'Tri-Klops' and the 'fish lord' known as 'Mer-Man'.

In 1987 a live-action "Masters of the Universe" feature was produced starring actor Dolph "The Punisher" Lundgren as Prince Adam...