Screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, the guys who wrote the upcoming Predators reboot, have been hired to write Columbia’s adaptation of Masters of the Universe. This is Columbia’s first move on the project since they picked it up last fall when–as Heat Vision reports–“Mattel and Warner Bros. parted ways after the sides couldn’t agree on a creative vision.” Mattel has final approval over the story. The 80s animated TV series based on the toyline is about a warrior named He-Man who fights against the evil Skeletor.
The pitch from Finch and Litvak attempts to balance a cinematic approach while respecting the characters. I assume that Justin Marks’ (The Legend of Chun-Li) script followed by Evan Daughtry last May for Warner Bros’ failed to accomplish this task. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are still producing.
If you’re unfamiliar with Masters of the Universe, hit the jump for more info about the property.
I’m just going to let Heat Vision describe the premise of Masters of the Universe because it’s late and I could not care less about this property:
The ’80s show, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” centered on blond warrior Prince Adam, who, after uttering the magic words “By the power of Grayskull, I have the power,” turned into the heroic He-Man. He and his allies — Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms and Orko — defended their planet Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor, who week after week attempted to conquer the fortress Castle Grayskull, which imbues He-Man with his powers.