The folks over at Latino Review have always been the industry’s standard for reviewing the scripts for fanboy material. I remember them filleting J.J. Abrams Superman film and all the various drafts of Batman before we got David Goyer’s Batman Begins. This week they reviewed the He-Man movie, Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe. Right away, we’re told that Grayskull is “Lord of the Rings meets The Matrix and a little Batman Begins thrown in for good measure.” That’s a bold comparison.
It appears writer Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) has really nailed the back-story of Prince Adam and has crafted an origin story that can stand up against the best of them. El Mayimbe on Latino Review is even going as far as to say it’s a “fanboy masterpiece.”
The story doesn’t take place on Earth like Dolph Lundgren’s Master of the Universe, but instead on Eternia where we’re told about the creation of the two swords eventually wielded by our hero (Prince Adam/He-Man) and his arch-enemy (Skeletor). The script review goes into some detail about what happens in the script but assured that there’s some wicked battle scenes and hot women in metal.
It would be nice if even half of this glowing review came true. I’d love to see a badass He-Man on screen. This is the film people of my generation have been waiting for, it was even my first word as a human being (well, technically, it was “me-man” — something troubling about that, though). Some spoiler-ish material involves the fact that there is no Orko and very little camp. So if you were expecting a He-Man movie that winks at its stuck-in-the-80’s fanbase, you might even be a little disappointed. This sounds like balls-to-the-wall 300 stuff. Can’t wait.
Grayskull has not been picked up yet and the script (with Speed Racer‘s Joel Silver attached to produce) is being shopped around now. Rumor is that studios are weary of the project since Speed Racer was such a massive disaster at the box office.