It appears that Netflix still has the power and continues to want to play with Mattel’s Masters of the Universe. This time, in a live-action film based on its iconic 1980s muscular action figure!
The feature project is said to now be moving over to Netflix for a summer start. There was buzz about this some time ago, but Sony would not confirm then.
Kyle Allen. who plays one of the Jets in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, will star as Prince Adam/He-Man.
For those not too familiar:
Masters of the Universe follows 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.
"It is also 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.”
Said Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films.
Mattel’s Masters of the Universe was first introduced to the world in 1982 through a line of action figures. The animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe premiered the following year and became one of the first children’s programs to be syndicated on television.
There was also live-action movie made by Cannon Films in 1987, shortly after the peak of the toys and cartoon, with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, but the movie died at the summer domestic box office with $17.3M.
Then Last summer, Mattel and Netflix partnered to bring Eternia back in two series. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a continuation of the classic storyline from the 1980s. Kevin Smith served as the showrunner for the series, which features an all-star voice cast including Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Chris Wood and Sarah Michelle Gellar. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a dazzling CG-animated series, which reimagines the thrilling heroic adventures of the Guardians of Grayskull for a new generation of fans.