Following up on last week’s announcement of a M.A.S.K. live-action movie, it looks like another long-gestating ’80s property is ramping back up for a possible big screen revival. We’ve been hearing about a new Masters of the Universe movie for many years now with directors like John Woo, Jon Chu and McG all having previously toyed with the idea. Last December we heard that David S. Goyer was in talks to take over the director’s chair after writing a new script for the project. Now it appears that he is being replaced by a pair of newcomers: Aaron and Adam Nee. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Variety, Aaron and Adam Nee have signed on to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures and Mattel. David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) had hoped to direct but was forced to drop out a few months ago due to other commitments (specifically, he is working on the Foundation TV series that was recently picked up by Apple). Goyer will remain on board as executive producer, however.
The Nee Brothers previously wrote and directed a movie called Band of Robbers, a comedic contemporary re-imagining of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer characters. It was fairly well-received at the time, although it also isn’t something that would instantly make them a perfect fit for a Masters of the Universe movie. Either way they’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to top the 1987 Dolph Lundren version. Masters of the Universe is currently slated for release on December 18th, 2019. Are you looking forward to a new live-action He-Man movie?