Kevin Smith has the power!
The Clerks writer/director/actor is heading up what sounds like a continuation of the classic 1980s He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe animated series for Netflix. The announcement was made yesterday at Power Con, a He-Man-themed fan convention. The streaming service released a press release confirming the news shortly afterwards.
Smith will executive produce and showrun the series, titled Masters Of The Universe: Revelation. According to the press release, the show will be a limited series that will follow up on storylines left over when the original syndicated series ended its run back in 1985.
Writers Eric Carrasco, Tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra and Marc Bernardin are all slated to be working on the series.
Smith got a little punny in a statement –
I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe. In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!
The original He-Man And The Masters Of the Universe series premiered in the fall of 1983 and ran for two season in syndication. Set in Eternia, a world where magic and high tech exist side-by-side, He-Man centered on the adventures of Prince Adam, who would become the muscle-bound He-Man when he would hold up his magic sword and proclaim “By the power of Greyskull!” He-Man would constantly be defending Eternia from the machinations of the evil Skeletor, who desired to take over the mysterious Castle Greyskull to seize the magical power within.
Based off of a line of action figures that toymaker Mattel was putting out, the series was criticized for being nothing more than a glorified half-hour commercial for the toys.
No release date for the series has been announced.