'Masters of the Universe' Eyes 'Kick-Ass 2' & 'Another Earth' Directors
Last fall, the forthcoming new adaptation of Masters of the Universe lost director Jon M. Chu but picked up writer Terry Rossio (one half of the duo responsible for writing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) for a new take on the script. Now Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are on the look for a new director, and they have an interesting shortlist. The Wrap says Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (editor and animation supervisor of The LEGO Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) are up for the job. In addition, Justin Kroll from Variety says Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is also in the mix. More below!
Zwart is the one who has the best relationship with Sony after directing their reboot of The Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2, but Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the project that is close to the style of Masters of the Universe, and that just happens to come from Sony's Screen Gems arm. However, McKay is the name with the most momentum, though this would be his directorial debut. It's the success of The LEGO Movie that is helping, mostly because he was a sort of co-director with Phil Lord & Chris Miller.
For our money, Cahill is the most interesting choice, mostly because his films Another Earth and last month's Sundance entry I Origins are low profile independent dramas with intriguing sci-fi elements. This would be the biggest and most straight forward science fiction film Cahill has done. Our only hesitation is that we don't know if he has the skill to take on a film of this scope just yet. At the very least, he's better than Wadlow, who proved that he can't direct action to save his life in the disappointing and boring Kick-Ass 2. Hopefully Sony will make a choice soon and this project finally starts to take shape.