Live-Action Master of the Universe Movie Heads to Netflix With New Actor

Netflix continues to be the home of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe as the long gestating live-action film is coming to the streaming service!

It’s been a WHILE since we’ve heard more about the upcoming He-Man movie, though that’s to be expected. A new movie based on the Masters of the Universe brand has been in various stages of development since 2004, with pretty much nothing to show for it. Last time we heard about this latest attempt, it was when they dropped Noah Centino from the title role.

Today, however, brings a promising update. The film has shifted from Sony and is now being developed by Netflix (confirming a previous scoop from DiscussingFilm) and slated to start filming this Summer! Even better, they’ve announced Kyle Allen is set to portray Prince Adam/He-Man:

Mattel, Inc. and Netflix announced today they are developing Masters of the Universe, Mattel’s iconic franchise from the 1980s, into a live-action motion picture, expected to begin production in summer 2022. 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). Rising talent Kyle Allen (West Side Story) will star as Prince Adam/He-Man.

In Masters of the Universe, an orphan named Adam discovers he is a prince destined to be the savior of a faraway land and must quickly learn of his power and the importance of saving his true home from an evil force.

“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.

“We’ve always been inspired by the fantastical world of Eternia,” said producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. “This movie has been 14 years in the making for us and our partners and we are so excited to tell an entirely new story for Masters of the Universe with the Nee Brothers and Dave Callaham for Mattel and Netflix and share it with a global audience.”

Brenner and Kevin McKeon (VP of Mattel Films) will lead the project for 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 produce. The project was formerly in development at Sony.

What are you hoping to see out of a live-action Masters of the Universe film?

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