Apparently that’s the word on the “street”. Sony, who has had a live-action Masters Of The Universe movie in development hell for as long as they’ve had the license, may be in talks to go straight to streaming by partnering with Netflix. Netflix, through their agreement with Dreamworks, already has the re-imagined She-Ra cartoon and will have the Kevin Smith run alleged continuation of the classic cartoon. Dreamworks doesn’t have the live-action movie, Sony does. To have a trifecta of sorts might be good for Netflix.
However, this does come with some questions. Why would Sony not want to bring this to theaters? Would Mattel, who has been putting together their own studio like Hasbro has for their properties, be okay with this? Andre over at Midnight’s Edge goes over all these questions and explains what would and wouldn’t be beneficial for all parties concerned.
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Personally I don’t care if Masters Of The Universe is live-action or not. Animation allows for so many advantages in a story like this but it might work if they do it right and ignore Sony’s earlier plans to slowly send out the villains in a series of movies leading to Skeletor because that’s not what the franchise is built on. It’s Skeletor and his army against He-Man and his allies. As I don’t buy into the live-action theatrical status symbol I’m kind of neutral on this. I just want it to be good, but I want everything to be good for the sake of the audience. Especially if the audience includes me. 😀
The part that confuses me is that Sony has their own streaming service, Sony Crackle. If the streaming wars are part of this, even given Sony’s concerns about pulling this off, they’re basically giving their rival access to their license and giving them a bigger boost compared to Sony’s not-as-publicized ad-supported service. This feels like a mistake to me, but I don’t understand what Hollywood does anymore.