In the era of reboots or REBOOTAGEDDON as some call it, seemingly all of our favorite kids' TV shows and toys from the past few decades have been adapted for the big screen for future generations to enjoy.
Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ninja Turtles you name it, good or bad they've all been rebooted. In some ways we are all fatigued by the reboots but honestly now that we have the technology to bring these favorites of our youth to life we might as well do it. The box office definitely isn't tired of the reboot era because these films continually make loads of cash. Strangely some of the best and most adaptable entities from the past have been ignored, leaving tons of blockbuster and merchandising potential. It's time Hollywood made live-action versions of the '80s and '90s icons I've listed below.
1. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Yes I know they made a horrible Dolph Lundgren movie in 1987 but we will forget that happened, if you haven't already. Obviously some work will have to be done to the characters costumes to keep a live-action He-Man movie from looking like the cast of 300 in an '80s gay porno. Either way The Masters Of The Universe is one of the most iconic and memorable cartoons from the '80s and several studios have already flirted with bringing this beloved franchise to life. Not only is this reboot gold but as I'll go on to explain The Masters Of The Universe has potential as another current film buzz-phrase shared universe.
He-Man is The most powerful man in the universe. As he stands up to the evil hordes of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull, He-Man will have to overcome brutal enemies to accomplish his goal.
If Masters of the Universe and the Broadway musical Cats had a baby on steroids in space you would have the Thundercats. That's not an official synopsis of this show but not far off either. Fans have wanted a full length live action movie for decades but for some reason it has yet to happen. Some say it's too weird for a live action film but the Ninja Turtles were able to be weird enough to pull it off.
A crossover shared universe with the Masters Of The Universe would be either really amazing, absolutely absurd or both. The only sales pitch we really need is a live action Cheetara!
The Thundercats inhabitant the planet Thundera. Just before the destruction of Thundera the Thundercats evacuate and are pursued by a band of mutants. The Thundercats escape ships were all destroyed, with the exception of one. Now only a small group of Thunderans (Thundercats) remain. With minimal engine power remaining, the Thunderans, led by Jaga, had to set a course for the nearest planet. Jaga commanded their ship while the other 7 were in their stasis tubes. Jaga died on their journey to Third Earth and their ship crashed there.
Soon they made friends with various groups in the area and they designed a fortress. Mumm-Ra the centuries-old embodiment of evil, along with the mutants that destroyed the rest of the Thunderans are a constant threat. But Lion-O, the new leader of the Thundercats, with his weapon the 'Sword of Omens' will help the Thundercats to have a standing chance.
It's an idea that only Dr. Evil could think of, frickin' Dinosaurs with frickin' lasers attached to their frickin' heads. Honestly Colin Trevorrow should have made this instead of Jurassic World because it's just as plausible as Bryce Dallas Howard out-running a T-Rex in high heels. The merchandise for this film would be worth it alone as Dino-Riders produced some of the coolest and most popular toys from the '80s. An intergalactic war set on prehistoric earth using Dinosaurs. Take my money please.
Pursued by intergalactic warlord Krulos and his Rulons, human Valorians fly through a wormhole and end up on the prehistoric Earth. Krulos follows and becomes stuck in prehistory as well. Both sides build dinosaur armies and engage.
Gargoyles was one of my favorite shows as a kid and it blows my mind that the Disney team hasn't resurrected this classic show. It's perfect for a live action remake and has a Gotham-like feel that could excite both young and old audiences. This concept in my opinion was way ahead of its time and could be incredible with modern technology. The action figures would be iconic to say the least. Of all the entries on this list I believe Gargoyles is the safest bet for success.
An ancient clan of heroic night creatures, the Gargoyles, pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland long ago. Stone statues by day, warriors by night.
5. Captain Planet
Ok I'll be honest, Captain Planet kinda sucked, but there was something lovable about it. So many cartoons of the '90s were better but if you ask a kid from the '90s to name a cartoon they remember, Captain Planet would be on several of their lists. In this day and age so many people are aware of global warming, pollution and taking care of our planet, for that Captain Planet was way ahead of its time. To me it's the challenge of making Captain Planet hip and relevant that makes this project worth while. The fact that this cartoon is still remembered at all should be reason enough to at least consider it.