'Masters of the Universe' Loses Director Jon M. Chu, Gets New Writer

October 7, 2013
Source: THR

Masters of the Universe

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?

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Will it be sincere or campy? This is important.

OfficialJab on Oct 7, 2013


Hey, what's going on... youtube /watch?v=itvJybdcYbI

cobrazombie on Oct 9, 2013


Hopefully they wont bring them to earth this time!

Jimmy Love on Oct 7, 2013


By the power of Greyskull!

Carpola on Oct 8, 2013


They should go nuts with the characters using CG and performance capture. The MOTU world is rich with crazy creatures. I hope the script uses them.

SV7 on Oct 8, 2013


I disagree. Movies today are going too crazy and engulfing them with CGI so much so, that it ends up looking like a damn pixar film. The 80s MOTU makeup on the characters was awesome, especially skeletor! Theres no reason why they cant carry that over into todays film. Same goes with Greyskull. I hope they dont go too crazy with CGI in the atmosphere of the film.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 8, 2013


Good point. I guess something like the X-men films are a good balance between prosthetic and CG characters. But I do dream of a film along the quality of Avatar but with MOTU characters, rather than a million blue guys that all look the same. I think in the right hands that could be fantastic and epic.

SV7 on Oct 8, 2013


Might as well be an animated movie then. Although I agree there are some mad characters in the MOTU toy line.

cobrazombie on Oct 9, 2013


I enjoyed The Lone Ranger more than the Pirates movies. Everyone I know who's actually seen The Lone Ranger and the Pirates movies considers The Lone Ranger more impressive because it has a better story.

markus on Oct 8, 2013


Said no one ever.

cobrazombie on Oct 9, 2013


Yeah i keep hearing TLR was a badass movie. I for one am checking it out when i get the chance. I guess the title just wasnt exciting enough for people to give it a chance at the theater; however all the people i know who saw it, say it was The Tits!

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 9, 2013

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