G.I. Joe: Retaliation Director in Talks for He-Man Movie

Back in the mid-2000s (and particularly around the time Michael Bay’s Transformers hit theatres), there was a mad scramble in Hollywood to acquire the rights to as many ’80s cartoons as possible. Thundercats, Voltron and Robotech were all among the big ones that were tapped for big screen adaptations, and yet for some reason none of them actually got off the ground. The one with perhaps the most false starts, however, was the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reboot, which went through multiple writers and was at one point even supposed to be directed by John Woo. The property was eventually abandoned by Warner Brothers, but now it appears that Sony has picked up the ball and decided to run with it. What’s more, they’re also hoping to hand it off to the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

According to Deadline, Jon M. Chu is currently in talks to direct a new Masters of the Universe movie for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. Although his previous films include a couple of Step Up sequels and the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, his work on G.I. Joe: Retaliation certainly looked promising. The fact that the film was pushed back to March 2013 raised some eyebrows, however, calling into question the quality of the final product. Chu is currently busy with a 3D conversion and reshoots on that film.

There was already one live action take on Masters of the Universe produced back in 1987 with Dolph Lundgren in the lead role. It seems likely that this will try a little harder to please fans of the cartoon, although I certainly hope that means we’ll get appearances from such ridiculous characters as Orko, Man-E-Faces and Stinkor as well. The most recent version of the script was written by Mike Finch and Alex Litvak (Predators), but there’s a good chance that they may start from scratch. Would you watch a new He-Man movie and does Jon M. Chu seem like a good choice to direct?

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  • Kamen Liew

    Until we’ve had an opportunity to assess G.I. Joe: Retaliation it’s hard to say whether this is a good idea.

    Sean, if you had to pick from our current crop of young leading actors who do you think makes a great He-Man?

    For my money I just hope they don’t cast Kaylor Titsch or Harrett Gedlund.