Sony may yet have the power.
Variety reports Aaron and Adam Yee will direct Masters of the Universe for Mattel and Sony. Introduced in 1982, the original Masters toyline told the tale of a barbarian named He-Man and his struggle to prevent the evil transdimensional demon Skeletor from acquiring the secrets of Castle Greyskull. Their battles were told in the form of mini-comics included with each action figure package, vehicle and playset. The toyline exploded in popularity the following year with the arrival of the Filmation cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. That series recast He-Man as the prince of Eternia; complete with a secret identity. The cartoon became the definitive version of the character for a generation of kids despite a 1987 feature film and several comic book, cartoon and toy line reboots in the years since.
The new film was written by David S. Goyer with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch producing with DeVon Franklin. Sony has been trying to get the project off the ground for sometime. At times, it seemed doubtful, but along with yesterday’s announcement of M.A.S.K. director F. Gary Gray, it seems action figure movies will be the next wave of tentpole movie action.
Of course, one wonders what this means for the always-in-development Robotech movie.
Masters of the Universe opens on December 18th, 2019.