Jon M. Chu Gives Update on His Upcoming 'Masters of the Universe'

October 17, 2012
Source: CeleBuzz

Masters of the Universe

Paramount has had a rough year, but nothing shook up movie insiders quite as much as their last minute delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. About a month before release, the studio pulled the film (after spending untold millions on Super Bowl TV spots and other advertising) and kicked it to March 29th, 2013 to post-convert it to 3D. (Although you can read the rumors about the real truth behind the delay here.) While director Jon M. Chu oversees that conversion, he's also looking ahead to his upcoming gig directing a reboot of Masters of the Universe, and he spoke with Celebuzz about his take on the material. More below!

Here's what Chu had to say to Celebuzz:

"I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical. I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a MOTU movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property. MOTU is such a challenging puzzle to make into a movie that works to a contemporary audience but the script seemed to really crack it for me. I think people are really going to be surprised at the rich story we have the opportunity to tell in this world. Where you think MOTU goes left, the script goes right and it was just very clear to me this was something very special."

This is all early talk of course, but Chu is clearly pleased with the work of screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and what he's been able to do with the story so far. But how is the story of He-Man to modern audiences?

"I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we’re just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the [property's] full potential for a cinematic rebirth."

So that's the future, but what about the past? Don't forget, there was already one Masters of the Universe movie back in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren and Courteney Cox, so how will Chu move forward in relation to what that movie did?

"I don’t really think about the 80s movie when looking at this movie because the script here is so strong and so unique. I think the characters are so grounded and layered I never expected that in a Masters movie so to me it’s on a totally different level. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 80s movie for full nostalgic reasons but this script feels like it’s a totally different genre than that one."

Well, he's certainly saying all the right things that fans want to hear. But this project has had a hell of a path to the big screen already (remember Justin Marks' attempt to tell this story back in 2008?), so we'll have to patiently wait until Chu is finished with G.I. Joe: Retaliation before we hear any more legitimate updates about Masters of the Universe. Excited?

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Recast Frank Langella as Skeletor. Do this and you will have my money.

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 17, 2012


Was just going to say that. He was the best part, and possibly the only good thing about it.

grimjob on Oct 17, 2012


"the screenwriter of The Expendables 2" and "the script here is so strong and so unique" don't belong anywhere near each other

Matt on Oct 17, 2012


lets give him the benefit of the doubt and say he wrote Expendables 2 for shits and giggles

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 17, 2012


The Expendables 2 was a lot better at what it was trying to be than The Expendables was....writing with intent to deliver a certain type of film is important. The Expendables 2 was an all-star action ensemble movie, and it was damn good at it. Beyond that, who knows how much certain aspects of the script were massaged during actual production.

Chris Groves on Oct 17, 2012


MOTU has so many cool and crazy characters. No doubt a hard task for the writers to make that gel tonally. I just hope everything isn't too "realistic". I'd love to see something kinda faithful to the original Triclops and Trap Jaw in there. It would be a great movie to do Avatar style and go nuts with the character design. Whatever... can not wait for this movie.

SV7 on Oct 17, 2012


After the traumatic experience with Prometheus I have my doubts and it was the samething said about the script of Thor which wasn't too bad on screen but I went in expecting more. Everything always looks good on script but the translation to the big screen is what's important so I need a trailer before I can judge this hopefully fantastic upcoming movie.

BinaryChaos on Oct 17, 2012


I thought Thor translated to the screen's not full blown sci-fi 'other world' stuff like Superman, and it's not 'journey to and from fantasy land' like The Chronicles of managed to sort of find something in be 'spacey' without being sci-fi. A sort of 'cosmic fantasy' that worked very well.

Chris Groves on Oct 17, 2012


I probably overlooked this in the article, but is Masters of the universe paramount too? and, if so, does this mean Chu isn't getting the blame for the G.I. Joe situation?

Richie G on Oct 18, 2012


Nothing as "fresh" as another remake.

castingcouch on Oct 18, 2012


hell its about time!! .. Skeletor was and still is a major intergalactic bad ass!!! Where's Frank Langella's at? Come back!! We need you to do Skeletor again !! 😀

stevenfreestyler on Oct 20, 2012

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