It seems odd to think that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power ended its run on Netflix just over a year ago. Praised for its visuals, writing, and multidimensional characters during its first season, the animated show continued to garner more notice and success with each increasing season. Raina Deerwater of GLAAD stated that the driving force of the show was the relationship and love between two women, something many other critics spoke positively about as well. With multiple season ratings in the 100’s and a comprehensive and fulfilling conclusion, it seemed difficult to imagine a new project coming from our warrior princess anytime soon. However, Amazon has other plans, by announcing a brand new live-action show about She-Ra just yesterday!
The new live-action revival of She-Ra is being executively produced by Dreamworks Animation (in conjunction with AmazonStudios), the same animation studio that also produced all five seasons of the reboot on Netflix. Information about the Amazon show is scarce with the project still in early development at the streaming service. There are currently no writers attached to the project nor any cast that has been announced. However, it does seem like this new project is not attached to any previous She-Ra project or any other Masters of the Universe project. Current or otherwise.
This live-action She-Ra project is the second reboot of the character, with the original animated series She-Ra: Princess of Power debuting in 1985. The original series was made in partnership between Mattel and Filmation as a spin-off of the 1983’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series. Both the original and Netflix reboot followed similar stories, with Adora a normal teenage girl that can transform into She-Ra, the twin sister of He-Man. Her powers are derived from her sword, which gives her super-strength, agility, vitality, and healing. She-Ra uses her powers to lead the Great Rebellion against Hordak and the Evil Horde. It seems rather logical that the initial season of the project may follow a similar story to its two predecessors prior to veering off into uncharted territory.
With this new live-action She-Ra series in active development, it poses an interesting question. Is a larger “Masters of the Universe” universe in the pipeline as well? With the huge success of Kevin Smith’s Master of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix, Amazon would be crazy to not eventually adapt He-Man to live-action as well. Though if they do, I hope they ask Mark Hamill back as Skeletor. Cause that casting is just perfect.
The original news of Amazon’s She-Ra series was first reported by Variety. As this story develops and more information becomes available, we here at The Cosmic Circus will keep you informed.