Writer talks new He-Man film
To restart He-Man without the campiness you're going to need one hell of a restart, and it seems as though Justin Marks is looking at doing just that.
He's the writer on the task of bringing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back to life on the big screen, and he's been talking about his vision and what he has in store for the film.
Justin Marks has also been writing the screenplay for the Street Fighter restart, a film that requires a similar level of rework to bring it back to life. However it's on the Masters of the Universe film that he's been talking, and the big reveal is that his pitch is for a trilogy.
"He-Man came about as a result of a mutual collaboration with [co-screenwriter] Neil Ellice and the guys at Silver Pictures. We came together and married a take that we all really loved and that we felt would be true to Eternia for the first time. And we campaigned and pushed-everything short of getting on my hands and knees begging-for Mattel to hear it, and they did. We got in the room and we basically spoke through not only one movie, but three movies..."
That's his quote from an interview in Toyfare over at IESB. So it's a trilogy they are looking at, and it seems that the pitch was pretty detailed for all three films, what they revealed and how they progressed the story.
He goes on to hint that they're doing something different with the way that people call the character He-Man, suggesting it might not be the way you would imagine saying it, but that it will still be the same name. After all you can't change that can you?
The other great reveal is that Skeletor is the main villain of the piece, and that so far there are no new characters intended for the film. Marks also reveals that the story is going to be an Adam and Skeletor origin story, and it's not going to make Skeletor out to be such a bad guy.
"We want to see where both of them come from and how they got that way. If we don't see the humanity and the truth in what Skeletor's trying to do, then the story's not compelling."
One thing that really does come through is that this seems to be going back to the original He-Man and staying true to it.
"He-Man is sword-and-sandals meets science fiction. If you avoid it and just try to make it sword and sandals, then it becomes a boring movie. If you just try to make it science fiction, it's going to be really kitschy and weird, and it's not going to be true to He-Man...
...This is an Eternian movie and it's a story about an Eternian hero. We're not going to Earth, here. We're not going to the modern world. We're not going to a strip mall in the Valley"
He reveals one of the things that they are going way back in the story for, and it does look like they are going right back, back to the original toys themselves.
"He-Man [toys], very early on, had two halves of the sword-Skeletor had half, He-Man had half and you could clip them together. And that was discarded by the cartoon. And I'm not sure if I can tell you but we finally got the answer to [why there are two halves], because it'll be something that I think can affect the movie."
Well it all sounds positive for fans of the original He-Man franchise, but still, I think there's a hell of a battle to face to try and bring an acceptable and non-camp version of the story to the big screen. I just can't see it myself.