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    Variety: Wenk to pen Masters of the Universe

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118060695

    Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have decided to continue riding the hot hand of scribe Richard Wenk ("The Equalizer"), who has been tapped to rewrite He-Man pic "Masters of the Universe."

    Jon M. Chu is set to direct the live-action film based on the popular Mattel toy line.

    Story follows a young prince who becomes a warrior and sets out to defeat the evil Skeletor and fulfill his destiny as He-Man.

    Escape Artists' partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing.

    Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the initial draft of the script, which was originally titled "Grayskull."

    Pic has been in development several years, and the property was previously adapted as a 1987 live-action film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella.

    Sony and Escape Artists have been high on Wenk ever since his script for mid-budget thriller "The Equalizer" prompted Sony to close Denzel Washington's deal and set an April start date for a film that could launch Washington's first franchise if it is successful. Pic is loosely based on the TV series that starred Edward Woodward, and producers are expected to settle on a director in the coming weeks.

    Wenk previously penned the action-thrillers "16 Blocks" and "The Mechanic," and he most recently co-wrote "The Expendables 2" with Sylvester Stallone. The Lionsgate sequel has grossed $289 million worldwide since opening in mid-August.

    Wenk is repped by the Gersh Agency and the Arlook Group.

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    I really never thought I'd say this, but looking at the 'credits' of the people involved so far, a small part of me is beginning to wish this wouldn't happen...well, maybe I won't go that far, but I think a small part of me will be OK with it if it doesn't happen. He-Man just as SO much more potential than to just be an action flick.
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    Well, this guy is clearly an "action film" writer. I guessed the news of a script rewrite was just around the corner. I liked The Mechanic. That's the only film of his I've seen. I haven’t seen The Expendables 2, but I know it oddly got quite positive reviews. Seeing as he's worked with the producers and the studio before they obviously like his stuff. I don’t see any reason to greet this news with cries of dismay.

    This logline has me slightly intrigued:

    Story follows a young prince who becomes a warrior and sets out to defeat the evil Skeletor and fulfill his destiny as He-Man.
    It sounds an awful lot like Justin Marks’ take whilst the rights were at WB. “The He-Man” is treated more as a legendary figure, with Prince Adam being the main protagonist with no secret identity in sight. I didn't like Marks' overall script (thought it was far too naive and unoriginal), but the idea of (the) He-Man being a mythological figure really spoke to me. I think it’s a pretty good way of reintroducing MOTU to a new audience, injecting it with freshness.
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    I'd not read too much into the logline. They have probably been using the same logline for the whole development because, heck, why not.

    We'll see. Nothing terribly exciting yet, but we're so far off. When I start seeing designs and that sort of thing I think I'll have a better idea of how much I'll like it, and I won't really make up my mind until I actually see it.

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    my god ,another two years to develop script. I give up and forget about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heavy-eternium View Post
    my god ,another two years to develop script. I give up and forget about it.
    Well, to be fair, they’re not starting from scratch. It’s a rewrite. They happen all the time, particularly for these types of films. The new Godzilla film just announced a rewrite, even though a month ago WB set a release date for it. Still, if we hear nothing between now and January then I’ll worry. This is also confirmation that Jon Chu is definitely the director. Remember what the producer said about hopefully shooting next year.
    Last edited by Krueger; October 12, 2012 at 06:40pm.

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    not impressed by the lineup here, really underwhelmed. Wish this property could demand the respect we obviously believe it deserves: could be just as popular as Transformers if not as good as Avengers, but feels like it wont get it's fare shake.

    That all being said, I reserve judgement and await expectantly and excitedly.

    Who knows, it could be under the radar. But I fear a modern movie with as low as a budget as I'm afraid this will be getting.

    Still...movie.

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    The name of 'Masters of the Universe' is going to make as many millions as Micheal Bay's Transformers did, just with the name of Transformers and nothing in the movie worth watching.

    The people in hollywood dont care about anything else but money, they dont even care 'who' cares.

    Quality is a thing of the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baronterror View Post
    not impressed by the lineup here, really underwhelmed. Wish this property could demand the respect we obviously believe it deserves: could be just as popular as Transformers if not as good as Avengers, but feels like it wont get it's fare shake.

    That all being said, I reserve judgement and await expectantly and excitedly.

    Who knows, it could be under the radar. But I fear a modern movie with as low as a budget as I'm afraid this will be getting.

    Still...movie.
    Yes. Wenk is an adult action writer who'll deliver a mediocre b-list summer blockbuster. Not good

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