Grayskull: Masters of the Universe was an announced science fiction/fantasy film based on the toy line by Mattel.
A new He-Man movie directed by John Woo was reportedly being developed, but despite many rumors circulating around the internet regarding the film's production status and casting, the project was never officially green-lit. The film rights to He-Man have reportedly since reverted to Mattel.
As recently as fall of 2008, there was a new feature film in development entitled Grayskull: Masters of the Universe, produced by Joel Silver and written by Justin Marks. The film would reportedly employ visual effects to a large degree, as was done with 300. An alleged script has been leaked. Recently, the studio announced that director John Stevenson will take on directing duties, probably with a new screenplay. In September 2009, Sony took over the rights from Warner Bros to produce the Masters of the Universe live action film after Mattel and Silver couldn't agree on creative direction for the film. Sony and Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures.
According to Variety, it is produced by Joel Silver, and written by Justin Marks, and employing visual special effects to a large degree, as was done with the 2007 war film 300. Warner announced that John Stevenson, director of Kung Fu Panda will direct the upcoming feature. On 12 May 2009 it was announced that the scripting duties had been handed to newcomer Evan Daugherty, with John Stevenson still attached to direct.
In September 2009, Sony took over the rights from Warner Bros to produce the Masters of the Universe live action film after Mattel and Silver couldn't agree on creative direction for the film. Sony and Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures. In April 2010, Sony hired screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a new script.
Deadline reports that Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct the film. Original He-Man actor Dolph Lundgran did an interview with IGN about a possibly appear in the film as King Randor. Richard Wenk is hired to rewrite the script for the film. Chu spoken that the film is still early is in the experimentation and also it won't be campy but an origin story. On October 7, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Terry Rossio will write the film & Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing the film and it will set on Eternia, the site also report that Chu will not direct the film. On February 26, 2014, it was report that directors Mike Cahill, Jeff Wadlow, Harald Zwart and Chris McKay are on the short list to direct the film. On April 9, 2014, Schmoes Know reported that Wadlow will direct the film, but The Hollywood Reporter announced that he's rewriting the script.Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President, DeVon Franklin has tweeted that the film's script has been completed by Jeff Wadlow. Franklin later tweeted a photo on his Twitter page of Battle Cat. On August 19, 2015, Variety reports that Christopher Yost will rewrite the script. Mike O'Hearn announced on his instagram account that he's training to star as He-Man. However, he himself quashed the rumor saying he only wanted to do the part and was not officially cast for the live action movie. On January 22, 2016, Deadline reports that McG will direct the film and will also oversee a rewrite of the latest script by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch, while Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are on board as producers. On June 24, 2016, Kellan Lutz tweeted on his Twitter page that he has a meeting with both McG and Mary Viola about having the role of He-Man. McG told IGN about the film that it haven't cast the role of He-Man yet, but did heard Lutz's considered very, very closely, it won't be set in Eternia, Earth is mentioned as it's largely an Eternia story and doing the makeup testing.
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