It is quite something to know that a failed bid by Mattel to make a licensed toy line for the classic fantasy adventure franchise “Conan the Barbarian” led to their development of their own property that, while superficially similar, stands well enough on its own: “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” The classic 1980s toys were bolstered by a memorable animated series from Filmation, followed by two remakes in the 90s and 2000s. Mattel being Barbie’s creator however, they also created a girls-oriented spinoff in “She-Ra: Princess of Power,” which saw its own 80s show and newer 2018 remake on Netflix. On a seemingly separate note, a third “He-Man” remake has just been announced.
Variety tells us that Netflix is working on a new “He-Man and a Masters of the Universe” series for their ever-growing original content library. The most surprising news about this however is the involvement of Kevin “Silent Bob” Smith as director. The filmmaker revealed the project during the 2019 Power-Con event honoring the “He-Man” and “She-Ra” franchises last Sunday, August 18. And unlike the 2002 series which was a straight remake, this show is a follow-up to the 80s original, similar to the 90 series but entirely its own thing.
“Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” according to Smith, will apparently take place in the setting of the Filmation series, but several years later. The director, who also serves as show-runner and executive producer, notes that this Netflix production will address several hanging storylines from the original animation, leading to the often-teased but never-definitive final battle between He-Man, defender of Castle Grayskull, and Skeletor the would-be conqueror of Eternia.
“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” says Kevin Smith as he describes “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” to be produced by Powerhouse Animation, to be “the ‘Masters of the Universe’ story [you] always wanted to see as a kid.” He will have quite the production posse from Mattel TV, with his fellow executive producer being Mattel TV vice president Rob David, who wrote the “He-Man: Eternity War” title for DC Comics. The writing staff for “Revelation” also includes a number of writers from DC Comics and “Magic: The Gathering.” Powerhouse Animation has already made its mark for Netflix by animating the series adaptation for Konami’s “Castlevania” videogame series, which is reportedly getting a third season too.
No date has been revealed for the release of “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” on the Netflix platform.
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