Despite having spent over a decade in development hell, Hollywood simply refuses to give up on a new live-action He-Man movie. A couple of years ago, Sony acquired the rights to the franchise from Warner Brothers and started developing it with Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) attached to direct. He eventually dropped out (and is now directing the Jem and the Holograms movie instead) but Sony has continued to search for a replacement. A few months ago we heard rumours of a director shortlist that included Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid), Chris McKay (editor on The Lego Movie) and Mike Cahill (Another Earth). While none of those choices seem all that appropriate, this week we are hearing that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is circling the project instead. Will it finally stick this time around?
According to The Wrap, Jeff Wadlow has finalized a deal to rewrite Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. He is also in contention to direct the film, and although he doesn’t have that job yet, you’d have to think rewriting the script gives him a bit of an edge over the competition. The most recent version of the script was penned by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger).
The article also states that Mike Cahill is still on the director shortlist, although the other two possibilities are not mentioned. It seems unlikely that Chris McKay would remain in the running since he just landed an even bigger gig directing The Lego Movie 2. Although I wasn’t a fan of Kick-Ass 2, I felt that the action sequences were well-shot. In my opinion, Wadlow remains the best choice out of those mentioned here. Do you have high hopes for a new live action Masters of the Universe movie? Who would you like to see in the director’s chair?