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By Robert T. Trate     February 27, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Who will direct the MOTU?
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Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are trying to find the right craftsmen to bring the Masters of the Universe to life on the bring screen. Here is the short list of directors: John Chu (GIJoe: Retaliation), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Chris McKay (The LEGO Movie editor), and Mike Cahill (Another Earth). 

Despite GI Joe: Retaliation not being completely terrible, none of these directors get me excited for the project except Mike Cahill. Another Earth was an incredible cinematic experience, but it was on the low budget side. When you are tackling He-Man and Eternia, the budget is going to go through the roof!

Terry Rossio who penned the The Lone Ranger has written the most recent draft of the Masters of the Universe. Again, not really a guy that gets me excited either. I’m all for a He-Man movie, it just doesn’t look like it is off to the right start. If we have to look at the bright side, at least Brett Ratner nor Stephen Sommers are attached to the project.  

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Wiseguy 2/27/2014 3:50:35 PM

I thought this property belonged to WB. Anyway maybe now that it's at Sony it'll finally get some traction. So much wasted potential here so far. This has most of the elements I love so I'd be first in line for this if done well

Modo 2/27/2014 5:29:41 PM

You get a big budget Masters of the Universe in the wrong hands, you will have SNL fodder and Rasberry Award Lore for the next 30 years.  I agree that none of these writers or directors rumored so far does anything to get me overly excited about this project - and I loved He-Man, Skeletor, and the Gang as a kid...


Muenster 2/27/2014 5:36:33 PM

Personally, I'd really like to see a David Cronenberg take on the Masters of the Universe.

Muenster 2/27/2014 5:37:50 PM

Of course it'd have to be Rated R.

BunyonSnipe 2/27/2014 5:57:23 PM

 I always wondered what Lucio Fulci's Masters dell'Universo might have looked like...



samurai1138 2/27/2014 6:32:32 PM

Taylor Kitsch looked ALMOST He-Man like as John Carter.I really just want to see Dolph show up in a sequel as former Eternian defender He-Ro. I also think Prince Adam should only be a character in the beginning, have him "die" similar to Kyle McCloud of Highlander, and be reborn as He-Man. Having him transform back and forth would be way too comical and cheesy, stick with the original box art illustrations from the toys as inspiration for the tone and feel of this one, and you'd have a winner.

almostunbiased 2/27/2014 7:14:17 PM

I think this whole movie is a bad idea.  The cartoon was fun when i was a little kid.  But hoenstly the whole story is ridiculous.

TheStormrider 2/27/2014 7:31:16 PM

Three words

Heich Bee Ohh.

RaithManan 2/27/2014 8:58:42 PM

You're right Wiseguy.  WB once had the rights to it after getting it from Hanna Barbera.  One of the main reasons why they did the short-lived, yet pretty darn good revival on Cartoon Network back in the early 2000's.  But the live action hopes languished in developmental hell at WB for years until they were no longer interested - - not to mention sitting on their asses made Mattel pretty angry at them also.  Sony acquired the rights in 2009.

DarkXid 2/28/2014 5:01:50 AM

Make it  a sequel, dare to be different.  In fact, have Prince Adam hold aloft his magic sword and sing 'What's Going On.'

I'd pay good money to see Dolph Lungrdren belt it out.

Bring back Dolph Lundgren!


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