Not surprisingly, since the project has been gathering powder on Joel Silverâ€™s shelves for a couple of years now, Mattel has yanked the â€œHe-Man and the Masters of the Universeâ€ movie away from Warner Bros.
Before Warner snagged the rights to the 80s cartoon favourite, Fox2000 bore ownership. It was there that the project inched as close to production as itâ€™s gotten, with John Woo signing on to direct an Adam Rifkin-penned script, and casting agents reportedly looking at everyone from Paul Walker to Triple H, Christopher Showerman and Matthew Davis for the role of the sandy-haired Battle-Cat Jockey.
Once Warner got involved, the project barely moved an inch. In fact, it went through several rewrites (Evan Daugherty penned the latest draft of the script; Justin Marks, another), numerous production delays, and ultimately had fans wondering whether the studio did in fact have plans to make it. The studio did, however, recently appoint John Stevenson (â€œKung Fu Pandaâ€) as the filmâ€™s director, suggesting it may be inching forward. According to the trades, heâ€™ll likely be retaining his job â€“ even if the WB wonâ€™t be in on the meetings from here on out.
Mattel and WB didnâ€™t see eye to eye over the direction of the project and made a mutual decision to let the option lapse this month. Wouldnâ€™t surprise me if Disney get the callâ€¦
Variety has the full story…