Jan 31, 2009

Entertainment - 'Kung Fu Panda' co-director to helm live-action 'He-Man' movie

London, Jan 30 (IANS) John Stevenson, co-director of 'Kung Fu Panda', is to make his live-action debut with an adaptation of cartoon series 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe'.

Contactmusic.com reports, Stevenson will direct a 'gritty fantasy' version for Warner Bros and Silver Pictures, from a script written by Justin Marks.

The 80s fantasy show told of Prince Adam's transformation into the heroic He-Man thanks to the magical powers of the fortress Castle of Gray Skull.

Owned by toy maker Mattel, 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' was a hugely successful animated series but became a flop film in 1987, in a version starring Dolph Lundgren and 'Frost/Nixon' star Frank Langella.

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