“By the power of grayskull” David S. Goyer is in talks with Sony Pictures to take the helm on the newly rekindled He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie, which is now slated for a December 18th, 2019 release.
Goyer, who was behind the brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy, has already penned the most recent draft of the script of the story which is set on the planet Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who turns into the heroic He-Man and battles a villain named Skeletor out to conquer Castle Grayskull.
Rumour has it that Conan the Barbarian was the influence behind the initial He-Man toy and comics released by Mattel in 1982, the toy was such a major success Mattel soon turned the action-figure into a children’s animated TV series.
By the time the animated series was developed, He-Man’s origins had been revised: his true identity was Prince Adam of Eternia, son of King Randor and Queen Marlena (an earthling), who ruled the Kingdom of Eternia on the planet of the same name. The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull endowed Prince Adam with the power to transform into He-Man, which Adam did by raising his Power Sword and proclaiming, “By the power of Grayskull…”
In 1987, the animated series was adapted into a live-action feature film with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, but the film just didn’t have the power to pull in the audiences and it became a major flop.
Goyer’s feature film directorial credentials include 2002’s Zig Zag, 2004’s Blade: Trinity, 2007’s The Invisible, 2009’s The Unborn and for television Flash Forward and Da Vinci’s Demons.