Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, who wrote the script for the upcoming Predators reboot, have been hired by Columbia to write the script for Masters of the Universe.
In September Warner Bros. decided to let the He-Man project go after not seeing see eye to eye with Mattel over the direction of the film. Apparently Warner Bros. saw the movie as a “gritty fantasy” but Mattel, who are in the business of selling toys, wanted something different. Columbia snapped up the property soon after, and now it seems they are starting again from scratch (at WB the movie had Kung-Fu Panda director John Stevenson attached and a script written by various writers)
Getting the go-ahead to tackle any major toy-brand film can be tricky. Depending on the property, writers and directors need to get a thumbs-up from the studio, which then has to win approval from the toy company. In the case of “Masters,” Mattel has story approval.
In their pitch, the scribes attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately.
I liked the sound of the movie when it was at Warner Bros. and John Stevenson seemed to have a real passion for the universe. My big concern was that Columbia would make it a big dumb summer blockbuster. He-Man has the potential to be a franchise of epic proportions and I hope the writers lean towards this more than the commercial toy selling aspect.