You have to admit, for a character with perhaps the most unoriginal name in the history of fiction, He-Man has had some real staying power.
Invented in the early 1980s by toy manufacturer Mattel, He-Man (and his Masters of the Universe) launched as a...
Masters of the Universe
It’s been a while since we had an update on Sony’s Masters of the Universe reboot / revival / whatever. Last we heard, Kick-Ass 2 writer / director Jeff Wadlow had completed a script, while G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu departed the project. While the film is still in development without a director, Sony has brought on Thor: Ragnarok scribe Christopher Yost to rewrite the screenplay.
It’s been some time since we’ve gotten an update on the new ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie, which ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ director Jon M. Chu was once attached to direct. Earlier this year, Columbia Pictures brought ‘Kick-Ass 2' director Jeff Wadlow in to rewrite the script and possibly even direct the film. Just three days into the new year, Columbia has revealed that Wadlow’s script is complete, putting us one step closer to a new ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie.
Sony recently admitted they need franchises as they're plotting to pump out a new 'Spider-Man' movie every year. It seems another possible franchise for the studio is a big screen adaptation of 'Masters of the Universe,' and now that Jon M. Chu is off the project, they've narrowed their list to three filmmakers who could bring us the adventures of Prince Adam and his alter ego He-Man.
News hit last summer that Jon M. Chu had been chosen to take on the reboot of 'Masters of the Universe,' which previously had been made into a rather terrible movie in 1987 starring Dolph Lungren. But though the project is still in development, Chu (best known for 'Step Up 3D' and 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation') is off the film, and a new writer has been brought on.
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.
When his last film was delayed for nine months so it can be post-converted to 3D, and it's made public that the movie has huge problems, you wouldn't expect Jon M. Chu to work again anytime soon after the headaches of 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation.' But it looks like Sony has him in talks to bring 'Masters of the Universe' back to the big screen.