Netflix prepares a new live-action He-Man film, Rob Lowe books a comedy series, and Jennifer Lawrence signs onto new dramedy from Office creator.
Masters of the Universe (Netflix)
He-Man, the famous animated action hero whose toy line and cartoon dominated the 80s, will make his live-action streaming debut on Netflix. Directed by the Nee Brothers (The Lost City) and starring Kyle Allen (West Side Story), the Masters of the Universe film will join the Kevin Smith-produced Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series and the CGI He-Man and the Masters of the Universe show on Netflix. According to press materials, the plot follows wimpy Prince Adam and his secret identity as He-Man: a mighty warrior who protects Castle Grayskull from the evil Skeletor and his minions. The film is one of several features produced by the newly branded Mattel Films, which is also overseeing live-action Barbie and American Girl projects. Production is set to begin in mid-June.
In an effort to boost its output of comedy content, Netflix has teamed up with Rob Lowe and his son John Owen Lowe to develop a new comedy series called Unstable, which will tell the story of a socially-challenged son who goes to work for his very successful, wildly eccentric father. The series, which was announced in April 2022, is produced by the Lowes and Santa Clarita Diet creator Victor Fresco, who will presumably be the head writer as well. No director has been attached to the project as of writing. Filming is set to begin on June 20.
No Hard Feelings (Sony Pictures)
This coming-of-age dramedy starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by The Office creator Gene Stupnitsky is set to begin filming on June 6. The story is set in the New York hamlet of Montauk and is described as having tones of Tom Cruise’s 1983 film Risky Business and Bad Teacher, the raunchy comedy co-written by Stupnitsky and frequent collaborator Lee Eisenberg that starred Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed instructor.