There is a growing trend in Hollywood to recreate cartoons aimed at kids in the 1980's, and to make them as cool as now twenty and thirty-somethings remember them being. That seems to be what we can expect from the makers of the new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe film, at least according to what Justin Marks told MTV.
I grew up on the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon and watched He-Man six days a week. The notion that I think we most took from the cartoon are the characters, and trying to find a way that is true to them... Now, at the same time, we had to come up with why that is the way it is. I mean you're talking about sword-and-sandal meets science fiction meets fantasy meets everything, and how does that all kind of blend into the same world? And so we had to come up with very specific rules that explained why Trapjaw looks the way he looks, and why Cyclops - who is awesome - looks the way he looks.
This follows the same trend that worked so well for Batman Begins. Shift the tone from a kid's show to a real adventure fantasy aimed at adults. And it's one that Marks is sure of.
"The script is very true to the characters - we're not talking about putting nipples on the Trapjaw suit. But we had to come up with a reason again why Trapjaw would actually not just be something that's totally absurd, but why he would need those bionic parts added to him," Marks insisted. "Which gives a sort of sense of where [the movie] is going in some way."
It sounds like Marks plans on making He-Man and the Masters of the Universe into a fantasy epic on the same scale of world building that we saw in The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Fans of the old cartoon should be thrilled by that news.