MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Directors Short-List Includes Harald Zwart, Chris McKay and Mike Cahill

     February 26, 2014


After Jon M. Chu dropped out of Sony/Columbia’s Masters of the Universe reboot, news on the He-Man picture front had been relatively quiet.  Now, it looks as if a short-list of possible directors has emerged.  That list reportedly includes Harald Zwart, Chris McKay and Mike Cahill.  This is only a look at the frontrunners as no deals have been made and the studio has commented that other directors are still vying for the chair.  We’ll break the directors’ resumes down after the jump.

The Wrap reportsharald-zwart-masters-of-the-universe that Zwart, McKay and Cahill lead the pack in the race to bring Masters of the Universe back to the screen.  A competing story also offered up Jeff Wadlow as being in the mix:

Justin Kroll ‏@krolljvar, Mike Cahill and Jeff Wadlow are on the short list for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

The movie, based on the Mattel toyline and 80s animated TV series, will be set on the planet Eternia, and “follows a blond warrior named Prince Adam who turns into the heroic He-Man and battles a villain named Skeletor out to conquer Castle Grayskull.”  Terry Rossio turned in the latest draft of the script.

Zwart’s name may be the most familiar as he directed the successful reboot of The Karate Kid for Sony, and more recently turned in The Mortal Instruments adaptation.  McKay may be riding high off the success of The LEGO Movie, on which he served as the editor (which is saying something considering the pace and sheer volume of material in that picture).

Cahill’s name might be less recognizable.  His two feature directorial efforts were the low-budget, sci-fi-themed dramas Another Earth and I Origins, which were both generally well-received.  Wadlow, on the other hand, is coming off the rather lackluster result of Kick-Ass 2, and is rumored to be directing his own X-Force adaptation.

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