Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mattel Films: "Masters of The Universe"

Mattel Films, firmly taking control of their toy properties, in partnership with Columbia, will produce a new 3D, live-action feature based on "Masters of The Universe", with Art Marcum & Matt Holloway writing a new screenplay, after years of scripts and directors being rejected for not living up to the brand's billion dollar potential:

Filmation's original "He-Man: Masters Of The Universe" (1983) cartoon series, created to sell Mattel toys, was inspired by author Robert E. Howard's "Conan The Barbarian", airing 130 syndicated episodes, starring muscle-bound 'He-Man' defending 'Eternia' and the secrets of 'Castle Grayskull' from the evil forces of fan favorite 'Skeletor'.

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

"...during the aftermath of a 'Great War', the 'Sorceress of Castle Grayskull', aka 'The Goddess', gave 'Prince Adam', son of planet Eternia's 'King Randor' and the earthling 'Queen Marlena', his super powers.

"Adam would hold aloft the 'Sword of Power', proclaiming, 'By the power of Grayskull... I have the power!'

"Adam's physique would 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, a demonic with a cowled skull for a head, was skilled in black magic, wielding a 'Havoc Staff' ram's skull atop a rod for channeling magic. His reptilian base of operations was 'Snake Mountain', a fortress made of black basalt located on the 'Dark Hemisphere' of Eternia, with henchmen 'Evil-Lyn', 'Beast Man', 'Trap-Jaw', '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 Lundgren ("The Punisher") as Prince Adam and Frank Langella as Skeletor.

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