Those of us who are children of the ‘80s will surely remember "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." Yes, there was that cheesy 1987 live-action movie starring Dolph Lundgren, but we'll forget about that for the time being. My point is He-Man deserves to be resurrected from his bland and boring 1980s playground and re-born as a brave and powerful warrior for a whole new 2.0 generation.
The steps toward making that happen have been slow going, but The Hollywood Reporter now tells us that a new screenwriter has been hired to write up a draft after the previous writer, Justin Marks, failed to give them enough to start filming. Newbie Evan Daugherty has been plucked from relative obscurity (he was literally living in his parents’ basement) and assigned the great task of bringing He-Man back to life.
Daugherty was chosen after his other script, a psychological thriller, was sent around Hollywood. It’ll be his job to craft a story that paints Prince Adam (aka He-Man) as a "soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon the magical world of Eternia. There, Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating magic." Um, Skeletor – gotta be one of the top ten most awesomest (and freakiest) villains of all time…right?
So, He-Man movie – yay or nay?
Van Damme Returns to Awesome in 'Weapon'
I’m feeling a retro vibe on the blog today. Here’s another blast from our past: THR says former action star-turned-slightly over the hill action star Jean Claude Van Damme has returned to what he does best: beat people up on camera. Not only is he starring in a direct-to-DVD sequel of Universal Soldier (oy vei), but he also just landed a gig opposite Vinnie Jones in Weapon.
In Weapon, both Van Damme and Jones will play highly-skilled assassins who must take down a drug cartel backed by the CIA. Nice! Tell me that plot don’t sound totally 80s – it’s almost too good to be true. No word on release date, we’ll keep you posted.
'Watchmen' to Hit DVD This July
The specs on that much-anticipated Watchmen DVD have been announced, with a Director’s Cut arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this July 21. Each will include 25 minutes of extra footage; scenes that include more Rorschach and Hollis Mason’s death. Also on the discs are webisodes, music videos, a documentary on Watchmen and so much more.
The single disc director’s cut with no features will run you $28.99, while the 2-disc special edition is $34.99 with Blu-ray one dollar higher. So is this a purchase you’re making? Are you interested in watching more Watchmen, or was the already-long-enough running time, well, long enough for you?