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Once again, Hollywood is moving forward on a totally unnecessary film. Yep, get ready for a new version of Masters of the Universe.
Speaking with Celebuzz, director Jon Chu shared some insights on his next toy film adaptation following G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Masters of the Universe. “I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical,” he said. “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.”
If anyone has seen the first attempt at putting these characters on the big screen, you know it didn’t turn out well for anyone, but Chu seems to have a lot of hopes. “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 properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth.”
I will say that the footage that has been released for G.I. Joe Retaliation looks promising, so maybe he is the right man for this job? And his love of the property seems to be legit. “I LOVED the toys growing up. I had Grayskull, I had BattleCat/Cringer, I had Stratos and Orko and obviously He-Man and Skeletor. I also watched the cartoon a lot growing up. This is my era, so going to Mattel to visit their headquarters was like walking into a childhood fantasy. For every MOTU fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to make sure to protect it in the process.”
The question remains if a story can be made out of a toy line that consisted of steroid abusing gym rats – come on, like you never thought the same thing – and freakish mutants. The basic story is simplistic enough, but one also has to wonder if anyone will even care about this property now that the toy line only exists in a collector format.
No word yet as to when this is slated to hit theaters.