Heat Vision is reporting that Mike Finch and Alex Litvak (the screenwriters who wrote Predators), are going to write Masters of the Universe for Columbia.

The studio grabbed the movie rights to the 1980s Mattel toy property this past fall, when Mattel and Warner Bros. split after the sides couldn't agree on a creative vision.

Adding the writers is "the first major move on the property and signals the project is being rebuilt from the ground up." When the project was at Warner Bros., Masters went through a bevy of writers and at one point had John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) attached to direct.

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Mattel has story approval on this project.

Based on their pitch, Finch and Litvak wanted to convince the studio that Masters of the Universe was cinematic and also keep the toy company satisfied that the characters were being portrayed appropriately.

Evan Jacobs