SHE-RA Live-Action Series Enlists WATCHMEN's Nicole Kassell As Director And Executive Producer

SHE-RA Live-Action Series Enlists WATCHMEN's Nicole Kassell As Director And Executive Producer

An exciting update for She-Ra fans here, as the upcoming live-action series that's currently being developed for Prime Video has tapped Nicole Kassell (Watchmen, Westworld) to direct...

By MarkCassidy - May 21, 2022 08:05 AM EST
Source: Via SFF Gazette

We first heard that a live-action She-Ra series was in development last September, and while updates have been pretty much non-existent since, it seems the project is finally starting to take shape.

According to Variety, Nicole Kassell is set to direct and executive produce the pilot episode (should it move forward). The filmmaker has previously helmed episodes of HBO's Watchmen, Westworld, The Leftovers, The Americans, and Castle Rock, so this show is in good hands.

DreamWorks, who worked on the recent Netflix animated series, will executive produce, but this is expected to be a standalone story with no connections to The Princesses of Power.

She-Ra debuted in 1985's He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword before going on to feature in her own animated spinoff, She-Ra: Princess of Power. The character was revived for the acclaimed She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Netflix series, which aired its fifth and final season back in 2020.

We still don't know very much about this live-action project, but both animated shows followed Adora as she struggled with embracing her destiny as the protector of Etheria. There were significant differences, however, as the Netflix series removed any connection to He-Man and made the young warrior a Horde soldier who comes to realize that she's fighting for the bad guys.

Be sure to let us know what you make of this news and share your Adora casting picks in the comments section.

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tmp3
tmp3 - 5/21/2022, 8:15 AM
She-Ra getting the prestige TV treatment's not something I was expecting, lmao. Her episodes of Watchmen were amazing, ditto her two episodes of The Leftovers
Spock0Clock
Spock0Clock - 5/21/2022, 8:49 AM
I honestly don't know how She-Ra or He-Man even work in live-action. If they go gritty with it, what's the point. And if they go authentically wacko with it... it seems too wacko to be feasible in live-action.

But maybe I'm not hip to what big TV productions are capable nowadays. Mando / Boba Fett had the benefit of decades of Lucasfilm establishing the live-action aesthetic rules of a franchise and mostly deliver on a big weird universe. Maybe Eternia / Etheria is similarly established and ripe for adaptation.
Forthas
Forthas - 5/21/2022, 8:55 AM
To portray She-Ra is a job for Anya Taylor Joy


VictorAlonzo
VictorAlonzo - 5/21/2022, 8:58 AM
@Forthas -
Forthas
Forthas - 5/21/2022, 9:25 AM
@VictorAlonzo - Thanks for the vote! If I may add...even though I am not sure about her acting chops...looks wise...I would go with Rainey Qualley as Evil-Lyn

VictorAlonzo
VictorAlonzo - 5/21/2022, 9:28 AM
@Forthas -
LeonNova
LeonNova - 5/21/2022, 11:46 AM
@Forthas - Absolutely
UncleHarm1
UncleHarm1 - 5/21/2022, 1:03 PM
@Forthas - She was so great in the VVitch, and pretty great in Northman once you get past how hollywood she is for the part. Nicole Kidman on the other hand...
Forthas
Forthas - 5/21/2022, 1:12 PM
@UncleHarm1 - She was great in the Witch...did not see Northman. I actually was thinking of her turn in the New mutants when i thought of her where she played a magical sword wielding hero.

I kind of think that the film may need someone who is Holywood. If you get someone that nobody knows, then people may not take it as seriously.
UncleHarm1
UncleHarm1 - 5/21/2022, 3:48 PM
@Forthas - True. I was thinking of New Mutants when watching Northman lol but I got over it. So trippy and well made, Robert Eggers might be my favorite director currently working and he's only made 3 films
ElricReturns
ElricReturns - 5/21/2022, 9:36 AM
I will probably be 100% alone on this, but I'd absolutely love if this took place in the same universe as Dolph Lundgrens Masters Of The Universe 20 or 30 years later, and have Dolph reprise as He-Man for like the pilot.

I mean, are they trying to do this as like a Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings type deal and taking everything seriously? Or are they gonna embrace some camp and comedy elements?

Hell, I'd be fine if She-Ra and some of her friends get sent to our modern day Earth and have Courtney Cox reprise her role and have to kinda help She-Ra and her crew blend in to our modern world while they look for the bad guy or some shit lol

Idk.... I know nothing of She-Ra.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 5/21/2022, 10:10 AM
@ElricReturns - I know nothing about She-Ra either (or about He-Man), but I very much like your idea. Would be great to see Dolph again
TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 5/21/2022, 10:59 AM
@ElricReturns -

TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 5/21/2022, 11:03 AM
GhostDog
GhostDog - 5/21/2022, 11:57 AM
The animated series SLAPS
dagenspear
dagenspear - 5/21/2022, 1:29 PM
Surely it's not too hard to cast a tall muscular actress. Some tall actress, hit the gym!
AnungUnRama
AnungUnRama - 5/21/2022, 1:44 PM
“There were significant differences, however, as the Netflix series removed any connection to He-Man and made the young warrior a Horde soldier who comes to realize that she's fighting for the bad guys“

Where is there the “significant differentes“? Wasn‘t that how She-Ra was introduced in said Backdoor pilot TV Movie in 1985 too?
TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 5/21/2022, 2:08 PM
@AnungUnRama - Ha ha, that’s what I said last time.
hawkeyelover
hawkeyelover - 5/21/2022, 6:06 PM
@AnungUnRama - Nope. She-Ra was He-Man's twin brother then. This is the significant difference. Sentence is just poorly worded. He-Man and other Eternia characters had also a lot of cameos in the show.
HAILHYDRA
HAILHYDRA - 5/21/2022, 3:00 PM
There seem to be a ton of fans of this franchise and it baffles me. Is it a thing where it’s so bad it’s good, or is it just the nostalgia gets people?
hawkeyelover
hawkeyelover - 5/21/2022, 6:08 PM
@HAILHYDRA - She-Ra was revolutionary in terms of feminism at its time in spite or just beacuse of She-Ra's revealing costume. It got a nearly all female cast with a layered heroine. She-Ra was the heroine for many little girls. That's why shows like these still have their fanbase up to these days because you can't see them through today's standards. Back in their time they had stuff other shows didn't, and people don't just forget that.
SpaceParanoids
SpaceParanoids - 5/21/2022, 5:17 PM
Meanwhile they had to kill He-Man first
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