'Masters of the Universe' Loses Director Jon M. Chu, Gets New Writer
The power of Grayskull is switching hands. While G.I. Joe franchise director Jon M. Chu has been slated to bring Masters of the Universe to the big screen for Columbia Pictures for awhile now, it appears that another director will have to take the job. Despite the director offering an update last fall, THR has word that Chu is no longer attached to direct the film which was once going by the title Grayskull, and a new writer is being brought in to take on the script. That writer is Terry Rossio, one half of the duo who scripted all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and Disney's extremely less impressive The Lone Ranger.
Last October, Chu said they were still working on cracking the story for Masters of the Universe, and it sounds like it might have been too difficult to sort out. As of now, the only details known about the story are that it will be set on the fantasy planet of Eternia, rather than bringing He-Man, the villain Skelletor and the rest of the fantasy gang to Earth like the 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren. The project has gone through several drafts, and has been in development for years, but maybe with a blockbuster writer like Rossio on board, the film can finally get off the ground and get in front of a camera. But who should direct? Maybe someone like Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish? Any ideas?