John Woo Powers He-Man to Big Screen

Daily Variety reports that Hong Kong action auteur John Woo is set to direct and produce a live-action feature based on Mattel’s Masters of the Universe toyline. The property is best known from the He-Man animated series introduced in the early ’80s by Filmation and recently resurrected by Mike Young Prods. Adam Rifkin, (Small Soldiers, Night at the Golden Eagle) will craft the screenplay.

He-Man is the story of Prince Adam, the son of an Earthling and an Eternian, who, at the age of 18, is granted special powers by the mysterious Castle Grayskull. Aided by his alter-ego, He-Man, and his loyal Tiger named Battle Cat, Adam fights to protect the universe from the evil Skeletor and his minions.

There is no word on who will be cast in the title role for the latest live-action effort. Dolph Lundgren played the muscle-bound hero in the 1987 Cannon Films pic, Masters of the Universe, starring opposite Frank Langella’s Skeletor.

Woo, who is also signed to direct an adaptation of the Spy Hunter video game for Universal Pictures, will produce He-Man with Terence Chang through their Lion Rock Prods. Overseeing for Fox 2000 are president Elizabeth Gabler and director of production Rodney Farrell.

Rifkin has also been tapped to co-write an adaptation of Jason Lethcoe’s comic book, Zoom’s Academy, for Revolution Studios and Garfield director Peter Hewitt. In addition, he will direct a pilot for Platinum Studios’ and First Family’s half-hour sci-fi comedy series, Spaced, about a teenager who has to share his body with a mischievous alien being.