Those who were hoping for a better retelling of Mattel’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise in film form are going to have to wait a little longer now that Warner Bros. and Mattel have called it quits in regards to the character.

Mattel and WB didn’t see eye to eye over the direction of the project and made a mutual decision to let the option lapse this month. Story revolves around He-Man, a prince who becomes a warrior battling the evil Skeletor for control of his magical homeland.

Mattel will more than likely shop the property around, and Disney, who recently purchased Marvel, might be ready to strike.  It’s a shame Warner Bros. decided to drop the property, because with Mattel’s already close relationship with the House of Mouse, it would be another punch in the gut to the WB if Disney cranked out a hit as the mega-corporation continues to roll on.

via Variety

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  1. Generik
    September 10, 2009 at 6:55 am — Reply

    I would love to see this property revitalized and as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter who takes the reins. To be honest, I think an animated film similar to the TMNT movie a few years back would be the perfect vehicle to get He-Man back out there. I don’t really think it’s well suited for live action but that may be the scarred memories of the first film warping my thought process…

  2. Brian Duff
    September 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm — Reply

    I think He-Man is just one of the many 80’s cartoons that should be in the process of getting retooled to be modernized. I don’t think an animated version of He-Man would have done it justice. If they had thrown a bit of Krull, with General Zod in there and give it the epic feel of Excalibur, then I think He-Man would come back with a vengeance.

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