John Stevenson to direct He-Man

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Kung Fu Panda’s co-director John Stevenson will make his live-action directing debut on a new He-Man movie entitled “Masters of the Universe”.

He-Man is a story about a prince (Prince Adam) of Eternia who transforms into a warrior by raising a mystical sword and becomes the last hope for a magical land being ravaged by the evil sorcerer Skeletor.

According to Variety Magazine- WB acquired the property in 2007 and Justin Marks wrote the script based on a story he developed with Neil Ellice.

The character originated as a Mattel toy line which was adapted into the 1980s cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The film project is a big priority for Mattel, which licenses a high-end line of He-Man toys. Mattel’s Barry Waldo is to be an executive producer on the film.

John Stevenson previous work also includes being a storyboard artist on such projects as Shrek, Shrek 2, Madagascar and James and the Giant Peach. He began his career working for Jim Henson as a character designer on The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

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