Friday, June 21, 2024

Mattel’s Next Movie After “Barbie” is “Masters of the Universe,” With New Heart-throb Nicholas Galitzine as “He-Man”


Tom Wolfe coined the phrase “Masters of the universe” in his novel, “The Bonfire of the Vanities.” It was a reference to the kings of Wall Street who ran the financial world.

But there’s another Masters of the Universe. They’re from Mattel you franchise. Now, because “Barbie” was such a hit, we’re getting a movie about them from MGM and Amazon.

Nicholas Galitzine, the heart-throb of the year, will star as “He-Man.” Travis Knight is directing the film, which will be released exclusively in theaters worldwide on June 5, 2026. Chris Butler is writing the screenplay (initial draft written by David Callaham, and Aaron and Adam Nee). Plot details are being kept under wraps because, you know, they could affect The Universe.

Galitzine is currently starring in Amazon’s “The Idea of You” with Anne Hathaway. He was also a star of Amazon’s “Red, White, and Royal Blue,” and the Starz Channel’s “Mary and George.” He’s sort of like a young Brad Pitt with a British accent. Imagine if he were starring in a real “Masters of the Universe” about Wall Street. But that would be too upsetting.

There was a 1987 film of “Masters of the Universe” from Mattel that starred Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella (what?), and a pre-“Friends” Courteney Cox. It was a huge flop although Wikipedia says it’s now a cult film. I heard recently that “Waterworld” is a cult film, too. Soon every box office disaster will be a cult film. Brain washing is a wonderful thing!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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