He-Man is officially returning to the screen in his tight orange Speedo to duke it out with Skeletor, perhaps the only super villain ever whose trademark insult was "You boob!"
Director Joseph McGinty Nichol (McG) confirmed to IGN that his planned reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is still on and a script is near completion.
Seeing that He-Man never really had much life beyond the eighties, McG is shrewdly looking to contemporary successes in the genre, namely HBO's Game of Thrones:
We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard…. Obviously, we’re all cognizant of what’s going on with Game of Thrones. It’s incredible. We’re cognizant of what’s going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn’s doing a great job. We’re going to try to answer the call and take it higher.
Whether it's benefiting from the innovations of George R. R. Martin or the vast improvement in CGI quality, the possibilities for the fantasy/superhero genre have certainly expanded since that schlocky 1987 film adaptation starring the admittedly perfectly-cast Dolph Lundgren.
He-Man remains a rookie favorite of the eighties superhero pack, and a trailer for a "special feature-length episode" recently made waves at Comic-Con.
McG hasn't made any final casting decisions, but he told IGN that Kellan Lutz is a likely contender for the all-mighty 'power sword.'