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

     July 30, 2012


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:


  • ScaredForMovies

    The Movie poster was way better then the movie. But in all seriousness it’s a little worrisome that a director of dance movies is being chosen for old fan favs like GI Joe and He-Man. Oh well expect the worst but hope for the best I guess. They should use the 2000 series as inspiration it was a pretty good re-imagining.

  • Claude

    It must have been ’88 or ’89, was having a slumber party with my fellow 9/10 year old friends. One told me he was bringing “Masters of the Universe.” I got very excited as I thought it was a He-Man video game. I was equally disaapointed to find out it was a crappy movie. :(

    Here’s hoping this remake doesn’t disappoint another generation.

  • RunnerX13

    You people are crazy, my four year old self loved that movie, and I still think Langella was great as Skeletor.

  • oaktreeradar

    Billy Barty!

  • ManAtArms

    What happened to that awesome He-Man script that was floating around a few years ago? Predators was a huge pile of crap. Really hope they do better with He-Man. The property is so rich for an epic movie. Jon Chu is a highly iffy choice for director, too. I dunno. I so love Masters of the Universe. And, it deserves to be treated with a lot of respect. It’s an awesome and unique world that mixes science, magic and mythology. It should be more than just a joke.

    • RunnerX13

      The only script I remember hearing about in the last few years had Skeletor as a tech guy, or something.

  • nelson

    how much you wanna bet chris hemsworth is at the top of the studios list?

  • Joe

    Sony Pictures are scrapping the bottom here. The Dolph He-Man movie did not take off back in the day when kids were still playing with these action figures and the animated series was on TV. Now a generation later who do they expect to watch this? Also the background to this character, at the best of times, is ridiculous.


    • Swanfeather

      Actually, I have to disagree. Though they might be scraping the bottom of the barrel, sometimes- certainly not always, but sometimes- that’s where the best ideas are found. Not many people my age watch MotU on a daily basis like I do, but when I am able to convince them to try it out they tend to become very interested. Many in this age group are starting to get tired of that ‘dark and serious’ trend of cartoons, and MotU, if done right, could be very appealing. As long as it’s not all violent barbarians and blood, as long as there’s the right kinds of humor and just enough of it, this really might work.

      Oh, and Orko has to be there too. Or else.

  • Manyfaces

    Bring it on!
    He-man was my favorite tv show in the 80s, outdone later only by Thundercats. (which also needs a movie, and not based on this awful reboot series)

    If they do He-man, they need to keep him far away from Earth. Loved the old film (skeletor was awesome in it) but when they came to earth it was like they ran out of budget to make Eternia sets. Also I’d love to see other classic characters that never made it into the movie….

    Battle cat,
    trap jaw
    mer man
    Orko (but not cheesy)

    I think Chris Hemsworth is perfect but He Man and Thor are very similar so maybe some other actor that will hit the gym and get his hair bleached.
    John Carter and Thor came fairly close to being a He man film, probably where He mans origins are based off, with a bit of Star Wars thrown in.

    Hope this is good, then Turtles and hopefully Thundercats on the big screen.

  • Your Dad

    @ Joe- Your Mom was ridiculous…too bad I forgot a condom that night!


    • Joe

      That was completely uncalled for. It was an opinion and a logical one at that.
      And you came back with a personal insult? With that you proved that it’s you that was the mistake.

  • ronin

    Interesting idea. They should involve Langella or Lundgren in some way if possible. Not sure how He-Man riding Battlecat is gonna look though. LOL!

    Your Dad: you’re a dick.

  • Bob

    There is a documentary about the making of the 1987 Cannon live-action film version (and what went wrong) ready for inclusion on the 25th anniversary blu-ray, but Warner Bros was not interested:

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  • BattleCat

    The Lundgren movie failed cause it wasn’t a true He-Man movie. It was some stupid movie about He-Man getting transported to the ‘real’ world. With hardly any characters from the cartoon. All us 80′s kids were DYING to see the movie- till we saw it.

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  • Bruce Darren Acosta

    There’s also rumours that Richard Wenk is rewriting the script

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