After years and years of being stuck in development hell, Sony’s Masters of the Universe may have just brought in yet another filmmaker to try and get the project off the ground. The film, which is based on the beloved Mattel property, is set to be a reboot of the so-bad-its-good 1980s film of the same name, which was in its essence an adaptation of the property, only… it wasn’t very good.
Now, trying to capitalize on the success of several other film adaptations like it (looking at you Transformers), the studio had recently brought in Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow to write a screenplay for the film, before then replacing him with Thor screenwriter Christopher Yost. News on the project has been fairly silent since then… Until now, that is.
Deadline is reporting that director McG is currently in talks to helm the long-awaited project. The report also states that the director will oversee the creation of a new script for the film, this time from Predators writers Alex Litvak and Mike Finch. McG is the latest in a long line of directors that have been attached to the film, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director John Chu originally being the first choice for the project.
For those of you that might not know, Masters of the Universe follows Prince Adam, who has the ability to transform into a powerful warrior named He-Man, and is the last hope alive for the fantasy land of Eternia, which has been ravaged and controlled by technology and the evil Skeletor.
The property still has its fair share of beloved fans, and its clear that Sony desperately wants the reboot to be made at this point, but with McG? Don’t get me wrong. It’s not even that I think he’s that bad of a filmmaker, but more that I don’t think he’s ever done anything that memorable or unique, and if you’re going to reboot a property like Masters of the Universe, which could theoretically be cool, it’s my personal belief that you try and grab a filmmaker with a definitive style and voice, like Matthew Vaughn or James Gunn. At this point, Masters of the Universe might be better off being left alone.
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