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‘Predators’ Writers Hired To Pen He-Man Flick ‘Masters Of The Universe’
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He-Man

Fans of He-Man have not been thrilled with the way things have gone in trying to make a new movie based on the powerful prince hero these past few years. Nevertheless, studios keep on trying, and Columbia Pictures has hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write a shiny new script for Masters of the Universe.

A new, re-envisioned take on the He-Man character using modern filmmaking technologies has been floating in purgatory for quite a while now. At one point we even had a script that was getting great feedback and being compared to The Lord of the Rings as well as Kung-Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson set to captain the movie, but alas, even that was killed, revived, and killed again within the gears of the Hollywood machine.

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‘He-Man’ Movie Killed Off Again & Then Reborn Within A Week
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He-Man

For the second time in the last year or so, Warner Brothers recently killed off their planned new live-action He-Man movie, which was preferably called Greyskull for a while, and then back to Masters of the Universe. Both moves came as a surprise as, even though it is He-Man, a review of the Justin Marks script by Latino Review claimed that it had a ton of potential and a real Lord of the Rings vibe to it. The reasoning behind Warner Bros. ultimately dispatching the classic property? It looks as if the studio and the creative sides of the project just could not see eye to eye, and decided it would be best to drop it and move on.

Now comes word that Columbia Pictures didn’t wait too long to go right after the property, and at last notice, they are in negotiations to acquire it. If this deal does move through without a hitch, though, there’s a good chance it could come with a price those of you looking forward to the project won’t swallow easily.

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Confirmed: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director For New ‘He-Man’ Movie
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He-ManIn November, rumors arose that instead of killing the new He-Man movie, that they were talking to Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to helm the movie (Read: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director To Helm ‘He-Man’ Movie?). Today, this rumor became reality, as it was confirmed that Mr. Stevenson will indeed make his live-action debut with what’s been called Greyskull but is now apparently being called Masters of the Universe (I vote for the former).

John Stevenson only has the experience directing Kung Fu Panda, so along with this being his first live-action go, he’ll also only be handling his second feature. Fortunately, the man has a ton of experience in the art/animation departments of many well-known movies such as Shrek 1&2, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal.

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DVD Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ (Two-Pack Edition)
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Kung Fu Panda & The Furious Five DVD 2-PackKung Fu Panda
Pandamonium Double Pack
Directed by John Stevenson & Mark Osborne
Starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Lui, David Cross, Ian McShane
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: November 09, 2008

Kung Fu Panda tells the tale of Po (Jack Black), the son of a noodle maker who somehow becomes the sacred Dragon Warrior. In order to defeat an unspeakably evil foe, Tai Lung (Ian McShane), Po has to learn the art of kung fu and gain the respect of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross), Monkey (Jackie Chan), and Viper (Lucy Lui).

When Kung Fu Panda first showed up, most people just assumed that it was another “just thrown together” animated flick for kids with Jack Black as a panda. Fortunately, the movie ended up surprising a whole lot of people and made a killing at the box office. Many considered it to be the best animated movie from DreamWorks Animation since Shrek.

I can admit that I was one of those people who thought it would suck and I too ate my words.

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director To Helm ‘He-Man’ Movie?
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He-ManNot too long after it was reported that the new live-action He-Man movie titled Grayskull had been been terminated, there comes some promising news. It appears that Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson has been hired to captain the re-envisioning of the classic 80’s toy/cartoon.

It’s said that Stevenson went into the production studio’s offices, made himself a pitch, and wowed the people that matter, like Joel Silver. This netted him the job of directing what I’m assuming is still Grayskull, which was very highly spoken of and hailed as a Lord of the Rings-esque He-Man story.

Hopefully this is true. I wasn’t thrilled when I heard that they weren’t doing this anymore, so I’d very much love to know it was happening again. It’s tough to tell whether this is the right man for the job, but he’s done a bunch of art department workings on movies like Shrek 1&2, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth along with the previously mentioned co-direction of Kung Fu Panda, which many people including myself liked a lot.

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DVD Review: Kung Fu Panda (Blu-ray)
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Kung Fu Panda Blu-ray DVDKung Fu Panda
Blu-ray Edition
Directed by John Stevenson, Mark Osborne
Starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 8, 2008

Any fan of Kung Fu movies is well aware of the fighting styles preying mantis or even the crouching tiger, but I am sure few have heard of the awesome fighting style known as the Kung Fu Panda. Luckily for us, the folks at Dreamworks have decided to make this lost art form as the subject of the latest movie, Kung Fu Panda.

Set in a fictional city in China known as the Valley of Peace, the story follows a panda with a lot of heart by the name of Po (Jack Black). Po works at his father’s noodle shop but his real dream is to one day be a kung fu master, fighting side by side with his idols, The Furious Five. Po gets his wish when wise master turtle Oogway proclaims him to be the legendary Dragon Warrior, a fighter destined to save the valley from the evil Tai Lung. Will Po be able to live up to his role as dragon warrior? Will the Furious Five accept him as one of their own but more importantly, will Po accept himself?

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