The long-awaited He-Man movie has new life. As reported by The Wrap, a live-action Masters of the Universe adaptation is in the works at Netflix. The project had been in development at Sony Pictures for years. Now, it will make the jump to streaming. What’s more, the streaming service had already found their new He-Man to lead the way.
Per the report, Kyle Allen (West Side Story) has been tapped to play the lead role. At one point, Noah Centineo was set to portray He-Man. He moved on and is going to appear in this year’s Black Adam alongside The Rock. The Nee Brothers (Band of Robbers) are on board to direct, working from a screenplay that they co-wrote alongside David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). This means many of the key pieces are already in place. Production is set to begin this summer.
Here is the logline for Masters of the Universe.
“In Masters of the Universe, an orphan named Adam discovers he is a prince destined to be the savior of a faraway land and must quickly learn of his power and the importance of saving his true home from an evil force.”
Mattel has been taking a more active role in getting films and TV shows based on its properties going in recent years. They already have a good relationship with Netflix, having partnered with them on several shows. This includes Kevin Smith’s divisive Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which was released last year. So, in many ways, this move makes a great deal of sense.
Robbie Brenner, executive producer at Mattel Films, had this to say.
“Masters of the Universe is an iconic property that shaped the imaginations of an entire generation of kids with the message of becoming the best version of yourself. With our partners at Netflix, we look forward to showing audiences that anything can happen in Eternia. We are continuing to unlock this global franchise in new ways, and we can’t wait to see Kyle battle it out with Skeletor in this epic live-action saga.”
Brenner and Kevin McKeon, Vice President of Mattel films, will head up the project for the company. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and DeVon Franklin are also on board to produce. There is no word yet on further casting, particularly who will play Skeletor. But with production set to take place in mere months, we should be hearing more on that front sooner rather than later.
The Masters of the Universe movie does not yet have a release date.