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    Fri, 06 Feb 2009 11:20:20

    Joel Silver, WB Are Masters of the Universe - Producing He-Man film

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    Joel Silver will produce Masters of the Universe, a live-action feature film based on the He-Man animated character and Mattel action figure. A T.V. series based on the character was a huge hit in the 1980s.

    John Stevenson, who co-directed Kung Fu Panda, which is nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year, will be making his live-action directorial debut with the film.

    Silver will produce via Silver Pictures. The film will re-imagine the He-Man character, a blonde and well-muscled prince who becomes a warrior in order to save his beloved Eternia against his nemesis, the villain Skeletor. A campy 1987 He-Man film was a commercial flop and featured 2009 Best Actor Academy Award nominee Frank Langella as Skeletor.

    Warner Bros. owns the rights to the property and has since 2007. The film project is said to be a huge priority for Mattel, which continues to license a pricey line of He-Man collectibles.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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