Jon M. Chu in Talks to Direct Live-Action Feature MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

     July 30, 2012

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Director Jon M. Chu has the power!  Well, he will if he decides to helm a live-action Masters of the Universe film for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists.  Talks are in the early stages with Chu, who is currently putting a Band-Aid on the broken leg working on the 3D post conversion of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which was pushed back nine months to a March 29th, 2013 release.  The picture, revolving around He-Man and his on-going battle with the evil Skeletor, was scripted by Alex Litvak (Predators) and Mike Finch (Exclusively Yours).  Hit the jump for more on Masters of the Universe.

Deadline reports that Chu is in early talks with Sony to helm a second attempt at a He-Man flick.  The previous iteration in 1987 starred Dolph Lundgren as the he-hero and Frank Langella as Skeletor (and a young Courtney Cox).  It was admittedly pretty horrendous, but may find a new life with modern audiences.  He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has found most of its success in comics, action figures and animated fare.  The first installment from Filmation kicked off the franchise in the early 80s with a spin-off featuring She-Ra: Princess of Power only a few years down the road.  The Masters of the Universe property was rebooted once in the 90s after the disastrous live-action feature, and again in the early 2000s.  Litvak and Finch had previously drafted a script titled Grayskull.

Just for fun, here’s the 1987 trailer for Masters of the Universe:

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