Jon M. Chu Heading to Sony Pictures' 'Masters of the Universe' Next

July 30, 2012
Source: Deadline

Jon M. Chu / Masters of the Universe

Big news for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu. While his first big action film, G.I. Joe sequel Retaliation languishes in 3D-conversion, studio-mandated-delay hell until next March, Chu is lining up other projects. Deadline says he's now "in talks" to direct the live-action Masters of the Universe movie, in the works at Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. We've reported on numerous updates related to a He-Man and Masters of the Universe movie years ago, but weren't sure if/when we'd ever get to see one for a while. Apparently Mattel really likes what Jon Chu can do with a classic toy line-turned-movie. Read on!

From Deadline's update, they say that "talks are just getting underway with Chu, who is in the middle of a 3D conversion on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and is preparing to shoot a couple of new scenes for the film." While we know Escape Artists' partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing, we're not sure about who's name is on the draft of the script they're working with. "Escape Artists sparked to a strong script turned in by the writing team of Alex Litvak and Mike Finch… The scribes developed the script under the title Grayskull, but it has gone back to the Mattel brand." To me, that sounds like they're developing it with Chu and seeing what direction he wants to go, but we'll have to keep a close eye on things from here.

Some might recall, Warner Bros was developing the He-Man: Masters of the Universe movie back in 2008 at Joel Silver's production company. They lost the rights to it in late 2009, which means it went back to Mattel to develop on their own. Now things have ended up at Escape Artists/Sony Pictures. This Masters of the Universe project, based on the Mattel toy line introduced in 1982, "revolves around He-Man, a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor." Hope they go all out with this one. Excited to see what Chu can do with He-Man?

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  • not enough buzz yet to conjure up some excitement, let's see how the casting goes first....
  • Dan Dan The Garbage Man
    Crap, crap and more crap! Now, if they call it Homos of the Universe, that would make sense Oh, did sayI Master fo the Univerise is crap?
  • SV7
    I would love James Cameron to ditch making Avatar sequels and make a Masters of the Universe movie instead! Rather than a thousand blue guys running around all looking the same, the performance capture would be perfect for all the awesome creatures of the MOTU world. Throw in some Captain America style fx to make Prince Adam scrawny in comparison to the buff He-Man and this cool cartoon would get the epic treatment it deserves! Well, that's my fantasy anyway...
  • you know chris hemsworth has got to be the studio's #1 pick
  • LosZombies
    This is all I gotta say.
    • grimjob
      Hahaha!! Fucking awesome. Well played...
      • LosZombies
        Grim! good to hear from ya! Hope to god that was a real billboard too hahaha
  • Manuel
    Sony Imageworks... Probably they will animate the first minute of the film (on Eternia) and the rest occurs on NYC. Skeletor on a cab. He-Man with credit card shopping at GAP.
  • I don't know about this does this guy know about the Masters Of The Universe series well he should a look how the story goes
  • Jurnee
    Rather see it based on the newer iteration of the series. Was much better than the 80's one.
  • Dan W
    With this director the movie will most likely be a meh...
  • max




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