The Masters of the Universe reboot for Mattel Films and Sony Pictures has been handed off to a new screenwriting team, Variety reports. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote the script for the upcoming Men in Black: International, and also have credits on Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Night, have been hired to draft a new big screen version of the adventures of He-Man. The previous version was penned by David S. Goyer, who is also executive producing the reboot (see “Detective Pikachu' Gets Date, Goyer on 'MOTU,' 'Shazam,' Patrick Stewart in Tarantino 'Star Trek'?”).Lasseter Out, 'Kingsman' Expands and 'Kick-Ass' Reboots, 'Suicide Squad 2,' Toho's 'World of Godzilla’.”) Time’s Up and Women in Hollywood denounced the hiring to THR, saying it perpetuates a broken system. Variety reports. Kelly Marcel, one the screenwriting team for the first feature, is already working on a script. Marcel will also executive produce. Tom Hardy will reprise his role as the alien anti-hero, and Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson are also expected to return. THR reported. Skarsgard (Thor, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will play Baron Harkonnen, an antagonist of the Atreides family who currently control the planet Arrakis, where a rare drug is being exported. Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Avengers: Endgame) will play “Beast” Rabban, the sadistic nephew of a baron who oversees Arrakis. Denis Villeneuve is set to direct (see “Animated 'Batman Hush,' Titan Comics' 'Under' in Development, Zazie Beetz in Talks for 'Joker,' 'The Dark Knight' Rerelease, 'Dune' Casting”).
The screenwriter behind the adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Jay Basu, has been hired to doctor the screenplay of Universal Studios’ Battlestar Galactica film, THR reported. The reimagining of the 1978 sci-fi series had previously retained Lisa Joy to write the feature (see “'Battlestar Galactica' Has Writer, Probable Director”).