Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HE-MAN, SKELETOR YOU'RE ON IN FIVE: Masters Of The Universe Movie Gets Screenwriters

'I have the power!' No, it's not your local sideshow faith-healer, it's the catch-phrase of He-Man, and to any 80's bad guy the ultimate sign you were going to get your butt kicked in under five seconds.

Now, scriptwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak are yelling those same words all across Hollywood, as the duo with the apparent midas touch for 80's revivals, swap Predator for Skeletor, and sit down to script Masters of the Universe the movie.

While the trailer for July's Predators shows Columbia's film has landed in pretty safe hands, the duo have got a bit of a tightrope to walk in balancing the needs of the studio, and copyright holder Mattel. The toy giant has already pulled the film from Warner Bros., after repeated attempts to find a common "creative vision" failed.

A secret shame in my own video library, the 1980's MOTU live action movie, taking up space in a DVD discount warehouse near you, actually isn't half bad. As the clip above shows, while it wimped out on naming obvious Tri-Klops and Mer-Man inspired characters, Meg Foster more than makes up for it as the traitorous Evil-Lyn, and Frank Langella's Skeletor is just brilliant over-the-top, but awesome stuff.

Hint to Finch and Litvak on where to improve from there; "Battle Cat".


  1. Is it just me or does the 'Predators' preview look alot like 'Anaconda'?

    I really hope it lives up to the greatness that was the original.

    Robert Rodrigez is an awesome director. Hopefully he had leeway to really make this movie work.

  2. Thanks for the comments Jonathon - I'm hoping Predators takes off at the cinema too!

  3. I was a big Masters Of the Universe fan back then but even as a kid I knew that a movie like that was DOA. if they did it now it might be better and not so geared toward the kiddy factor with out ewoks or jar jar binks type characters. speaking of 80 cartoon/toy into movie franchises Dan i'm going to be sending you Vin Deisel as Panthro from the Thundercats a la photoshop.

  4. Thanks again for the comments David - after the mess that was made of Transformers I'm not sure I want Hollywood touching the 80's to often either.

    Intergalactic warriors running round the backyard trying to hide anyone?

    Thanks for the comments!