Netflix announced on Wednesday that it is joining forces with Mattel Television for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a new CG-animated series that will offer a fresh new take on the heroes and villains of the popular Reagan Era franchise.
The synopsis for the new series reads: “On the planet of Eternia, 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 rages to new heights 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?”
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe shouldn’t be confused with its brand companion Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a previously announced 2D anime series from Kevin Smith, which is also co-produced by Netflix and Mattel.
Mattel Television will produce the new series with Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman Beyond), and Rob David (Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as executive producers. Emmy winners Jeff Matsuda (The Batman, TMNT) and Susan Corbin (Voltron) will also produce, while Bryan Q Miller (Arrow, Smallville, Sleepy Hollow) will serve as the story editor on the series, which is currently being developed by Rob David.
“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,” said Fred Soulie, Mattel’s Senior Vice President of Content Distribution and Business Development. “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 new series is also part of Mattel’s efforts to make the Masters of the Universe franchise more relevant than ever. In fact, in the fall of 2020, Mattel is set to release a new Masters of the Universe comic book series from DC Comics and a new toy line based on the original from the 1980s. Additionally, Sony’s reboot of the Masters of the Universe movie, starring Noah Centineo as He-Man, is slated to be released on March 5th, 2021.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has no release date yet, but Netflix and Mattel released the following posters to promote the new series: