Netflix has announced that they are developing a second He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series. The streaming platform and Mattel Television made the announcement this afternoon, also showing off a new poster for this latest take on the franchise.
This new He-Man series will be separate from the anime version that Kevin Smith is currently cooking up for the streaming giant, titled Master of the Universe: Revelation. The new show has been described as a fresh take on the 1980s classic cartoon series, which sold millions of action figures all over the world. In addition to the two animated shows, Sony is also developing a big screen adaptation.
The new Masters of the Universe will again take place on the planet of Eternia, as a young lost prince discovers the powers of Grayskull and transforms into He-Man, Master of the Universe. The classic battle between He-Man and evil Skeletor will rage to new heights in this fresh take on the iconic characters, as both hero and villain forge new and mighty teams. A new generation of heroes fighting for the fate of us all. In the end, who will become Master of the Universe? Skeletor has tried for years to become the champion, but he just can't seem to best He-Man, no matter how evil his team is.
Fred Soulie, Mattel's Senior Vice President of Content Distribution and Business Development, says that the latest take on Masters of the Universe is going to try and appeal to new fans, along with long-time fans, which sounds intriguing, though it also sounds incredibly hard to pull off at the same time. In attempt to lure in the older generation, the new series will be bringing back other iconic characters from the original series. Soulie had this to say.
"Masters of the Universe is one of the most iconic global franchises of all time, with a 30-year history and a passionate fan base. The entire team at Mattel is excited to introduce the world of He-Man to a new generation and, together with the talented team at Netflix, to reimagine the classic characters in a way that appeals to kids and families today, while also resonating with the fans who grew up with them."
The latest Masters of the Universe series is being produced by Mattel Television with Adam Bonnett, Christopher Keenan, and Rob David serving as executive producers. The series was developed for television by Rob David. Emmy-winning producer and designer Jeff Matsuda and Susan Corbin will also produce. Bryan Q Miller is on board as story editor on the series. Animation services are being provided by House of Cool and CGCG, who are best known for Trollhunters.
Netflix also has She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which was originally a spin-off of the original Masters of the Universe cartoon. While successful, the show has not appealed to the older audience, mainly due to the fact that they radically changed the design of the characters, along with the personalities. If Netflix and Mattel Television are hoping to gain an older audience, they might want to shy away from this complete design overhaul in the style of their She-Ra series. Deadline was the first to report on the new Masters of the Universe animated series.