The 1980s have been coming back in big way over at online streaming giant Netflix. It can come in the form of great tributes in content, such as their runaway hit series “Stranger Things.” The decade can also be referenced in the several remakes of productions from that era, particularly in animation. Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” series and its female-focused spinoff “She-Ra” have been blessed in this manner, with the latter rebooted as “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and the former getting an upcoming series sequel created by Kevin Smith. But aside from that, there is also a planned reboot on the way.
Comic Book Resources reports that in addition to Kevin Smith’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” Netflix is also producing another animated show based on the iconic 80’s Mattel toy line. They are working anew with Mattel Animation to develop a 3D-animated reboot called “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” like the original animation produced by Filmation. A statement by Mattel Senior VP of Content Distribution and Business Development Fred Soulie takes note of the global recognition of the franchise, its decades-long history and lore, and its dedicated fan base.
“The entire team at Mattel is excited to introduce the world of He-Man to a new generation and, together with the talented team at Netflix, to reimagine the classic characters in a way that appeals to kids and families today, while also resonating with the fans who grew up with them,” says Soulie of the new CGI “Masters of the Universe” series. While the new animated series has no voice cast or release date yet, it does have a creative team in Adam Bonnett (Disney’s “Descendants”), Christopher Keenan (WBAU series “Justice League”) and Rob David, who is also working with Kevin Smith on the 2D-animated “Masters of the Universe: Revelation.”
A blurb from Netflix and Mattel Animation would reveal that the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” show will reimagine the origins of He-Man, defender of Castle Grayskull and the Most Powerful Man in the Universe, as he protects the planet of Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Kevin Smith’s “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” is, as already stated, a story sequel to the original Filmation-produced animated series.
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