By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Masters of the Universe
While creating a live-action Masters of the Universe, Warner Bros. is throwing their weight behind a (live-action) rookie.
Masters of the Universe Gets a Director
As scooped by LatinoReview back in November, Variety reports that Warner Bros. has hired Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to direct Masters of the Universe. Panda was good, sure, but this will be Stevenson's first live-action.
Re-imagining the Mattel toy line, the film will follow He-Man, a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.
Stevenson said the first film came to mind when he was asked to consider the job, and the impression wasn't a good one. He changed his mind when he went to Mattel headquarters and was shown into a secret lair that contained the visuals created by the toymaker staff.
"There was this locked bunker that you had to be escorted into," Stevenson said. "It was filled with art, some generated by the Mattel artists, and I looked around, and said, 'I get it.' We started formulating a specific vision for costumes, creatures, architecture, and the creation of a mythology and look for a whole world we'll create."
Mattel's obviously rooting for a solid He-Man adaptation and will do all in their power to make it happen. I mean - Just think of the toys.