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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Background: In case you'd forgotten (or, depending on your age, were never aware to begin with), a live-action film based on Mattel's "Masters of the Universe" toy line/cartoon series starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor actually hit theaters in 1987, only to suffer from dismal reviews and disappointing box-office (it grossed slightly more than $17 million in the U.S. on a modest $22 million budget). The now-defunct Cannon Films' sequel plans were subsequently abandoned, only for the franchise to attract renewed interest around 2004 when it was reported that director John Woo was attached to helm an updated version of the property for Fox 2000. After that project failed to materialize, super-producer Joel Silver ("Sherlock Holmes," "The Matrix") began developing a version for Warner Bros. with John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") slated to direct, only for that incarnation to crumble as well.
Current status: Yet another version of the project is now toiling in development hell over at Sony, with screenwriters Alex Litvak and Mike Finch ("Predators") hired to write a script way back in 2010. Since then, no further news from Eternia has been forthcoming.
- Chris Eggertsen