It was reported that Warner Bros. decided to hire Evan Daugherty as the new screenwriter for the Grayskull movie, a gritty modern retelling of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Being without an IMDB page, it seems that Evan is a rookie writer without a credit to his name. I’ve always wondered how rookies get gigs like this. I can understand having your script be picked up for the first time, but for someone to hire you to write a potential blockbuster with no past credit? Doesn’t add up.
I digress. This is significant to me in two ways – I just found out there had been plans to make a new He-Man movie, and that the movie is already being relatively fast tracked? How the hell did I not know of this project’s existence? I grew up idolizing He-Man. He, along with Biker Mice From Mars and Speed Racer formed my Saturday morning gauntlet. I made a He-Man chest thing (I’m not quite sure what to call it) out of duct tape, permanent marker and a whole lot of moxey, and took it to school with me. What did I care? I was six and I thought I was being extremely hip.
I’ve learned better.
Anyways, the only thing I’m worried about is the “gritty” being attached to this. What I want is camp, which is what the show was all about. I mean, just look at Orko. You can never make him gritty. Unless, of course, you make him some kind of hopped up meth hound.
Which would actually explain a lot.
With this and Speed Racer, that means only the Biker Mice are without a modern feature film. The marketing upside for this is huge, so make it happen Hollywood!