Kevin Smith developing new He-Man animated series
Earlier this year we reported that Sony were in the process of bringing He-Man back to the big screen in a reboot of Masters of the Universe, with The Fosters star Noah Centineo set to take to the starring role. Currently in in pre-production, Masters of the Universe is projected to hit cinemas in 2021 and will represent the first time He-Man has appeared on the big screen since Gary Goddard's 1987 movie starring Dolph Lundgren.
However, in the meantime it seems that He-Man fans now have something else to look forward to – namely a new animated series helmed by Clerks and Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith.
The news was announced this weekend at Power-Con, the annual convention dedicated to all things Eternia, and has since been confirmed in a press release from Smith as well as a post on the official Masters of the Universe Twitter account:
Titled Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Smith emphasised that the new series will take a different tack from the recent She-Ra animated series: "In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters Of The Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”
The new series is a joint project with Netflix and Mattel TV, who co-created the original animated series and toy line with Filmation in the early 1980s. Screenwriter Marc Bernardin will be joining Smith to take charge of the scripts for the new series, which will be the first new animated He-Man series since Michael Halperin's 2002 reboot.
In his statement, Smith added: "I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe.”