Masters of the Universe Has a New Director?

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is in talks to bring He-Man back for a new live-action adventure.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Fun Fact: We have never had a live-action He-Man film. It may seem like it, what with the Dolph Lundgren/Frank Langella Masters of the Universe from 1987, but that was a He-Man movie in name only. If you pay attention, the story has a lot more in common with Jack Kirby's New Gods comic books… boom tubes, Darkseid, the list goes on. So let's not get too excited about Jon M. Chu making another He-Man movie. Let's get excited about Jon M. Chu making the first He-Man movie. 

Yes, the director of Step Up 3D and the now-delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation is currently in talks to take over the long-gestating Masters of the Universe project for Sony Pictures, according to Deadline. If the deal goes through, he'll be working off of a script by Alex Litvak and Andrew Davies, who previously collaborated on the screenplay for Paul W.S. Anderson's abysmal adaptation of The Three Musketeers. So we have every reason to be cautious.

On the other hand, it's Jon M. Chu, a very talented director whom we all have high hopes for. Chu follows in the footsteps of iconic action filmmaker John Woo, who was previously attached to the potential fantasy franchise about a studly prince who secretly protects his alien planet as the equally studly (and physically identical) He-Man, who fights the hordes of the villainous Skeletor, who wants to rule the planet for some reason.

Have you watched the original TV series lately? It's pretty silly stuff. We'd be very curious to see what Chu does with the material.

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