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He-Man is dead again. What will happen to the Masters of the Universe?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

he_man_by_nebezial2Warner Bros. and Mattel will not be teaming up to make Masters of the Universe. The film is planned to be a live-action reinvention of the Mattel toy line. Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver have been working on this project since 2007.

According to Variety, Mattel and Warner Bros. fell out over the direction of the project and decided “to let the option lapse this month.” In the story, He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Mattel is now looking to set the property up at another studio. The plan is for director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) to remain attached to the project. Silver will not be involved as he is exclusive to Warner Bros.

As Disney’s Marvel Entertainment acquisition and WB’s overhaul of DC Comics and its movie output shows, branded properties are important commodities. The owners of those brands now have more direct involvement — and higher expectations.

The situation is reminiscent of Paradox Entertainment’s decision several years ago to decline an option renewal on the Robert E. Howard “Conan the Barbarian” franchise, after WB made numerous attempts to reinvent the franchise with major filmmakers. Paradox aligned with Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, with Marcus Nispel directing. That deal has strict progress-to-production stipulations.

The awesome piece of art at the top of this post is by Stjepan Sejic a.k.a Nebexial on deviantART.

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We3 – Morrison’s Homeward Bound meets Robocop has a script and a director.

Posted by LiveFor on June 16, 2009

Don Murphy, one of the producers of the planned adaptation of Morrison’s graphic novel We3, spoke with Sci Fi Wire about the film. According to Murphy it is ready with a script and a director — all it needs now is a studio.

“We’re working with a director named John Stevenson,” Murphy said. “Don’t be confused, though. Even though he directed ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ the movie’s going to be live action. It’s going to be a combination CG, puppetry [and] real animals. We have a great script, a great director, and we’re trying to figure out who’s going to pay for it in this marketplace, but we’re looking.”

Described as an amalgamation of “Homeward Bound” and “RoboCop,” Morrison’s “We3″ focused on three domestic animals — a dog, a cat and a rabbit — that are turned into high-tech, cybernetic weapons courtesy of the military. The animals eventually flee their masters, but are left to wonder where they can exist peacefully in the outside world.

“Well, they talk like in the comic book,” Murphy said. “There’s a little electrode on their larynx, and they don’t have full conversations. It’s more like [in robotic monotone], ‘Where go do we,’ that kind of thing.”

The comic mini-series was excellent and extremely violent. I do hope that they stay faithfull to the book as it will make an excellent film.

I’m not sure about the choice of John Stevenson to direct, but we’ll have to wait and see what he does with it. What studio would be the best home for We3?

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Robert Downey Jr is Oobermind

Posted by LiveFor on May 28, 2009

I first mentioned this back in February. Now Variety have the news that Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey have been case in a 3D Animated feature for DreamWorks called Oobermind.

Downey will voice a supervillain who finds life a little dull after vanquishing his good-guy rival Metro Man. The superhero-themed film, based on a script (previously called “Master Mind”) from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, will open 5th November 2010.

I do like the sound of this and Downey Jr and Fay are both quality actors. I just hope it is a bit better than recent DreamWorks animated films (Kung-Fu Panda, Shrek 2 & 3 etc) as they have not been too good. Presumably the name was changed from Master Mind as that character exists in the DC Comics world.

Looks as if Dr Horrible will have some company with a villain being the lead.

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Transformers 3 will roll out in 2011.

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2009

Paramount has announced an official 1st July, 2011 release date for Michael Bay’s Transformers 3. However, the studio is not confirming that Bay will be back.

2011 will also have lots of other cool films. Spider-Man 4 is due for 6th May, Thor is due 20th May, Kung Fu Panda 2 is scheduled for 3rd June, Cars 2 is scheduled for 24th June, the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is due in July, and Marvel’s The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled for July 22nd.

We might also see Disney add Pirates of the Caribbean 4, or The Lone Ranger.

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