Joel Silver To Direct He-Man Movie

by Jay Cochran
January 29, 2009
It is being reported that Warner Bros. Pictures and producer Joel Silver have selected Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to make his live action directing debut on the upcoming movie based on toy company Mattel's Masters of the Universe line which features He-Man. Head over to ENI to find out more.



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gojira77 - 2009-01-30 @ 12:49 am

You know, a similar thing happened with the Star Trek movies when they hired some joker to direct who'd never done sci fi and never even watched an episode of the TV show before. I think he wanted to add a little gritty realism, too, and went for a more military look for the Star Fleet uniforms. I'm sure that after 20 years nobody's even heard of that silly "Wrath of Khan" movie-- it's a good thing that the producers got it it right a had someone qualified like Jonathan Frakes to direct later movies! It saved the franchise. @loll@

Considering the CGI and fantasy elements necessary to finally make an authentic He-Man movie, I wouldn't trust a director who didn't have years of experience working in animation and puppetry. If Eternia looks anything like the Dark Crystal, I'd say I got my nine bucks worth!

The Great Bandito - 2009-01-30 @ 12:06 am

While I'm interested in seeing how this goes, I won't be surprised if this never makes it to the big screen. It seems as if a He-Man movie has been in the works for years and each time we hear something but it never pans out. I honestly do want to see He-Man back on the big screen but until I start seeing production blogs I'll hold my enthusiasm in check.

theNoseknows - 2009-01-29 @ 11:15 pm

I just read on firstshowing not too long ago that this movie got trashed

DarkLordUnicron - 2009-01-29 @ 10:59 pm

Hell I won't even get excited about this. That way when it turns out bad Im not let down. But I would love to see it done right!

azrael23 - 2009-01-29 @ 10:33 pm
The guy's unfamiliar with MOTU if all he had to go off of was the 1987 movie. I'd prefer someone who knows and appreciates the property to begin with rather than someone who had to be convinced. If he doesn't know where the property's been and what it's capable of, the chances he makes a great film are slimmer.

The part about "specific visions for costumes and creatures" sounds too Hollywood to me. I mean, there are already costumes and creatures, and this isn't Batman Begins or G.I. Joe where everything has to be able to make sense in our world.

Precisely, In a world such as MOTU heighten realism should be tossed out the window, because essentially you're talking about

a film that is pretty much a mixture of Conan, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Since Eternia isn't earth its not like it has to be toned

like Batman or G.I.Joe. I'm just wondering what the budget will be, I know it will be astronomical so depending on the budget they

may have to seriously tone things down.

I also would prefer someone who is familiar and perhaps a fan of the mythology as oppose to someone completely ignorant of it, this reminds

me of Bryan Singer when he did Superman Returns, I knew there was a serious problem when a great deal of his knowledge about the character came from

only what he saw from the original show and Donner's film. I'm skeptical of any director who goes by the 1987 MOTU film will not make a great movie and

don't let the budget be tight because it will probably amount up to an update of that film.

Eric - 2009-01-29 @ 9:22 pm

I'm glad it's happening, and I have faith the guy can direct a good film. And the writing is most important anyway, so as long as they have a good story/script, it could be really great. I'm not sure about this quote, though:

"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."

The guy's unfamiliar with MOTU if all he had to go off of was the 1987 movie. I'd prefer someone who knows and appreciates the property to begin with rather than someone who had to be convinced. If he doesn't know where the property's been and what it's capable of, the chances he makes a great film are slimmer.

The part about "specific visions for costumes and creatures" sounds too Hollywood to me. I mean, there are already costumes and creatures, and this isn't Batman Begins or G.I. Joe where everything has to be able to make sense in our world.

Don't give Beast Man bright orange fur, but at the same time, don't just make him a werewolf. The characters should remain faithful enough to themselves that they still remind us of their original look. I want X-Men (Wolverine still has claws and the hair) or The Dark Knight (The Joker still has green hair and a purple suit) in terms of look, not Transformers.

Jackknight92 - 2009-01-29 @ 9:11 pm

"John Stevenson to make his live action directing debut on "Masters of the Universe," a re-imagining of the signature Mattel toy line."

Let's hope he doesn't re-imagine too much. I think that was a big problem with the original movie. I know it was for me.

"Stevenson has also worked on "Shrek" and "Shrek 2," "Madagascar," and "James and the Giant Peach," and began his career working for Jim Henson on projects that included "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth.""

Though I do like the man's credentials; especially the last two. :-)

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