A new animated version of the “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” franchise is on the way from Netflix.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith Aug. 18 told fans at Power-Con, a “He-Man” convention being held over the weekend in Anaheim, Calif., that he was working with the streaming service on a new anime series based on the Mattel toy line that first launched in 1982.
The show, called “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” was described as “a wholly original story set in the epic world of Mattel’s … He-Man toy franchise.”
Smith, will serve as showrunner and executive producer of the show, teased that the series would pick up unresolved storylines from the 1980s era of “He-Man,” when the characters were featured in the popular animated series by Filmation.
“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,” Smith said in a statement. “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! This is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”
According to Netflix’s description, the series takes place “after a ferocious final battle forever fractures Eternia,” He-Man’s home planet. “It’s up to Teela to solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to prevent the end of the Universe.”
The animation will be provided by Powerhouse Animation Studios, the team behind Netflix’s “Castlevania” anime series.
Netflix’s lineup already includes “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” based on the She-Ra character that was introduced in the classic animated series as He-Man’s sister. A third batch of “She-Ra” episodes bowed on Netflix Aug. 2, bringing the episode total to 26.
Development of a live-action “He-Man” reboot by Sony Pictures has reportedly stalled.
Smith’s next film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, a return to his “View-Askewniverse” franchise, is due in theaters Oct. 15.