'Masters of the Universe' - Director Jon Chu Reveals New He-Man Movie DetailsJacob Hall |
How exactly do you make a 'Masters of the Universe' movie? How do you take a franchise where the main character is named He-Man (He-Man!) and make a movie that audiences will actually take seriously enough to give it the time of day? That's the big challenge for director Jon M. Chu, who is knee-deep in developing the project following the success of his 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' but who says he is "really, really excited" for He-Man.
Speaking with SuperHeroHype, Chu discussed the current status of the project, which currently battling it out with 'G.I. Joe 3' for his full and undivided attention. Although he's not sure which project will ultimately move forward first, he definitely seems more than willing to chat your ear off about it. In fact, it seems that Chu himself wasn't sold on a 'Masters of the Universe' movie until he read the script:
I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in 'Joe' and knowing that 'Masters' has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for 'Masters of the Universe' is what really hooked me. I love 'Masters of the Universe,' but I didn't know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,' and it got me really really excited.
However, whether 'Masters of the Universe' or 'G.I. Joe 3' moves forward first is dependent on one man: Dwayne Johnson. As enthusiastic as Chu is about He-Man and his world, the availability of The Rock will dictate which film happens next. It Roadblock has a hole in his busy schedule, then the Joes will have to take priority. But, in the meanwhile, Chu is working on some great stuff for 'Masters of the Universe':
We've been designing a ton of stuff for 'Masters of the Universe' as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world - that's the best way I can describe it. It's everything you want 'Masters of the Universe' to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we're doing in the initial visual concepts that we've been making.
What do you think? Do you think Chu should hang around for 'G.I. Joe 3' or would you rather see him concentrate on 'Masters of the Universe'? And while we're here, what you think a He-Man movie should look and feel like?