Over the weekend Deadline reported that director McG has been in talks with Sony Pictures and it’s believed to be to direct the live-action reboot of Masters of the Universe.
Masters of the Universe revolves around He-Man, a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world known as Eternia that has been ravaged by the sinister dark lord known as Skeletor. There has been a few adaptations, an animated version called He-Man and the Masters of the Universe which aired between 1983 to 1985 and also had a film called Masters of the Universe released in 1987, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. Stateside the film only made $17m.
Escape Artists Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and DeVon Franklin will be on board as Producers.
I’ll admit I’m not exactly keen on the idea of McG directing Masters of the Universe, considering the names that many were thinking that could potentially direct and start the franchise (Matthew Vaughn seemed an interesting choice), McG’s name will hardly inspire confidence for the fan base that exists. Granted I think he works well as a Producer, and many will use the films he’s directed against him with the likes of the 2000’s Charlie’s Angels films and Terminator Salvation while he did direct We Are Marshall which I thought was pretty good. Time will tell if McG and Sony come to an agreement however as this film has been benched for so long.