Jon M. Chu is set to direct the live-action film based on the popular Mattel toy line.
Story follows a young prince who becomes a warrior and sets out to defeat the evil Skeletor and fulfill his destiny as He-Man.
Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the initial draft of the script, originally titled “Grayskull.”
Project has been in development for several years, and the property was previously adapted as a 1987 live-action film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella.
Sony and Escape Artists have been high on Wenk ever since his script for mid-budget thriller “The Equalizer” prompted Sony to close Denzel Washington’s deal and set an April start date for a film that could launch Washington’s first franchise if it is successful. Pic is loosely based on the TV series that starred Edward Woodward, and producers are expected to settle on a director in the coming weeks.
Wenk previously penned the action-thrillers “16 Blocks” and “The Mechanic,” and he most recently co-wrote “The Expendables 2” with Sylvester Stallone. The Lionsgate sequel has grossed $289 million worldwide since opening in mid-August.
Wenk is repped by the Gersh Agency, the Arlook Group and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.