‘Masters of the Universe’ Film: Screenwriter Terry Rossio In, Director Jon M. Chu Out

By October 8, 2013


He-Man and Battle Cat may be closer than ever to getting the big screen treatment in an in-the-works Masters of the Universe film (nope, it’s no longer called Grayskull), but now the film is both without a passionate director and newly saddled with a screenwriter who seems principally interested in writing tentpole films for mass audiences.

THR reports that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, who had been attached to the film for quite some time, is now off the project, while the film’s producers at Escape Artists have picked screenwriter Terry Rossio to pen the script. This is not even an actual trade, but it’s still a disheartening switch, nonetheless.


Rossio most recently contributed to the script for The Lone Ranger, but he has also worked on screenplays for films like National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Shrek, and all four Pirates of the Caribbean films. So it’s going to be like that, Masters of the Universe? Okay. It was fun while it lasted.

Little is known about the aims of this new Masters, but we do know that, unlike the 1987 Dolph Lundgren-starring film, it will not take place on Earth – it will be set in its right place, the planet of Eternia. The film’s screenplay has already been worked on by a variety of scribes, including Michael Finch, Alex Litvak, and Richard Wenk, so maybe Rossio won’t be able to do too much damage to it. We’re sure Johnny Depp will be cast in it any day now, though.

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