by: S. Scott Stanikmas
From the fabled halls of Asgard to the turrets of Castle Greyskull in Eternia, Christopher Yost has just done some major traveling.
Variety reports that the Thor and Thor: Ragnarok writer has been tapped by Sony to bring a live-action reboot of Masters of the Universe to life.
The original material was essentially half-hour toy commercials made to sell toys to children. The basic story was that Prince Adam of Eternia finds a sword that transforms him into He-Man, the hero of the land. Along with his friends and battle-ready companions, He-Man battles the forces of evil led by the skull-faced Skeletor.
The cartoon did well enough back in the 80’s to warrant a live-action film being starring Dolph Lundgren, the film was a flop and can loosely be considered a cult favorite today.
There have been many attempts over the years to bring Eternia back to the big screen, but all have stumbled out of the starting gate. With Christopher Yost at the helm though, Sony has a writer that gets how to mix fantasy and action with the real world (if that’s the route the studio wants to take).
I loved the cartoons as a kid and vaguely remember the film. With properties like Transformers and G.I. Joe making decent bank at the multiplex, it was only a matter of time before Masters of the Universe was considered again. I don’t know if the world is ready for another attempt at this though.