I'll admit, I was more than a little disappointed when the Noah Centineo led Masters of the Universe movie was put on the shelf. Lucky for MOTU fans like myself, Netflix picked up the ball and ran with two amazing animated series. Now it looks like the power is headed back to live action after all.
Mattel Films has announced that they are partnering with Netflix on a live action Masters of the Universe movie. The Nee Brothers (The Lost City, Band of Robbers) co-direct from a screenplay written by the Nees and David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wonder Woman 1984). Leading the charge for Mattel Films will be Brenner and Kevin McKeon (VP of Mattel Films). Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch (Being the Ricardos, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, The Equalizer, The Upside) and DeVon Franklin will also produce. This appears to be the same project that was originally planned by Sony.
We also have casting news, and no, Noah will not be a part of this project. Kyle Allen has been cast as He-Man/Prince Adam. Allen was recently seen in West Side Story and also appeared on Season 8 of American Horror Story. No other casting news has been provided, but it's clear that he will be facing a familiar foe.
"Masters of the Universe is an iconic property that shaped the imaginations of an entire generation of kids with the message of becoming the best version of yourself. With our partners at Netflix, we look forward to showing audiences that anything can happen in Eternia. We are continuing to unlock this global franchise in new ways, and we can’t wait to see Kyle battle it out with Skeletor in this epic live-action saga,” said Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films.
One thing is for certain at this point, this movie is going to be made. Once Netflix gets involved with a project, they see it through and they are not afraid to spend money. They have plenty of time to get ready, since production is not expected to begin until the Summer of 2022. That leaves plenty of time for more casting announcements. Since this project is in it's very early stages, keep checking back for updates.
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