You know what? Here’s where I draw the line. This far and no further. Joel Silver and Warner Bros. are planning a live-action take on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You remember He-Man, don’t you? The muscle-bound hero of Eternia who battled the villainous Skeletor with the aid of a magic sword and a giant green tiger he rode like a horse? A shoddy ’80s cartoon concocted to sell a line of Mattel toys? Of course you do.
And you remember the first crappy live-action attempt at this material, 1987’s Masters of the Universe, starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella? How could you forget it? I can’t…sometimes it keeps me awake at night.
So, clearly emboldened by the success of Michael Bay’s Transformers flick, they’ve launched into this. What they seem to have overlooked is that giant robots blowing stuff up is cool, will always be cool. Watermelon-thighed lunkheads shouting “By the power of Greyskull!” is not cool. Never really was. And Transformers has constantly been in the minds of geeks, nurtured by new TV series and comic book continuations. He-Man, not so much.
Am I wrong? Are you gonna be the first in line for Masters of the Universe when it hits screens in 2010? Are you as optimistic as this dude, who clearly thinks it’ll be the movie offspring of Lord of the Rings and Conan the Destroyer? Or will you, like me, run for the hills?