Tyro writer hired to pen new draft of Grayskull

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Warner Brothers and Silver Pictures have tapped newcomer Evan Daugherty to pen the latest draft of Grayskull, the studio's big-screen take on Mattel's Masters of the Universe cartoon and toy line, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) is attached to direct the adaptation of the show, which follows a blond warrior named Prince Adam who, when uttering the magic words "By the power of Grayskull—I have the power!" transforms into the heroic He-Man. He and his allies—Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms and Orko—defend their planet, Eternia, from the evil forces of Skeletor, who seeks to conquer the fortress Castle Grayskull.

Warner sees the big-screen version as a gritty fantasy and re-imagines Adam as a soldier who sets off to find his destiny, happening upon the magical world of Eternia, the trade paper reports. There Skeletor has raised a technological army and is bent on eradicating magic. Justin Marks wrote the previous draft.