Sony has been trying to revive the Masters of the Universe franchise for several years, and by the power of Grayskull, they seem determined to do it after a couple of false starts. Screenwriters were hired back in 2010 to take a pass at the popular story of He-Man and now talks have revved up again as Jon Chu, the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is in talks to direct. Read on for more.
Deadline had the news first, and apparently talks are “just getting underway” with the property already “in high gear” at Sony. Excited yet?
Masters of the Universe tells the story of He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythical superhero to battle the forces of evil lead by Skeletor. It’s best known as a cartoon from the ‘80s, but in recent years has remained part of the pop culture conscious due to a highly successful line of Mattel toys. Dolph Lundgren starred in a widely mocked 1987 live action film and even some newer cartoons have surfaced from time to time.
If Chu were to direct the film, it’s likely things wouldn’t properly get started until next summer, as he’s current working on reshoots and the 3D conversion on G.I. Joe Retaliation, which was originally going to be released in June but was pushed to March 2013 at the last minute. However, it’s unlikely that the film will require 7 – 8 months of editing, so it’s possible that pre-production on Masters of the Universe could start later this year – depending on the strength of the current script and whether or not Chu officially signs on to do the project.
The last draft was apparently written by Predators writers Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, but that was a few years ago.
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