The He-Man Movie Is Still In The Works, Promised By The Optimistic Producer
Shia LaBeouf is on the record saying that the current Transformers will be the last in the franchise for both him and Michael Bay. But with that movie set to make a killing over this long, hot, robot-filled holiday weekend, the trend of mining 80s nostalgia at the movies is far, far from over. You can probably count on a Transformers reboot not too far down the line if they can't in fact get Bay back, but meanwhile kids of the 80s have plenty else to look forward to, from G.I. Joe to Asteroids to this summer's own Conan the Barbarian reboot.
Oh, and make sure to keep He-Man somewhere on that list as well. An adaptation of the classic animated series, toys and movie has been rumored for pretty much forever, including back in 2004 when John Woo was attached to direct, and as recently as 2009 when a new screenwriter was hired, and seemed to be envisioning the film as some strange hybrid between Thor and John Carter of Mars. We haven't heard a peep about the project since then, but producer DeVon Franklin wants to make sure you don't give up hope. Movieweb dug up an interview he did with the Christian site Crosswalk, and at the very end he gives pretty much the vaguest "stay tuned" update you can hope for:
One of other things I’m really excited about is we’re doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I’m praying that we can start figuring out how we’re going to make it.
That last line, about figuring out how to make it, is probably just a stab at humility, but I have to assume there's a kernel of truth there too. How do you make a He-Man movie in a world where Thor is a hit, and where the end of the Transformers franchise might mean 80s revivals aren't so hip anymore after all. The whole movie is so far off in the distance that it's hard to speculate much beyond that, and my guess is that unless we see this film go into production very soon, it's unlikely we'll see it at all. But hey, who knows! Maybe next summer's G.I. Joe sequel will be such a hit that we'll be reviving the 80s until the kids of that era are of retirement age. I bet Optimus Prime has a killer Medicare plan.
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