Masters of the Universe being developed by Sony

By: Reymundo Salao

SONY PICTURES has confirmed that it has indeed been developing a live-action Masters of the Universe movie based on the popular 80’s cartoon “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”.

The Studio has tapped McG, but to those who do not like his style (including myself), we’ve got good news – it looks like he’s not involved with the project anymore.

This live-action adaptation on the popular He-Man cartoon has actually been in development for years now, but has been somewhat cursed.

Warner Bros. dropped the property in 2009, but then Sony picked it up and set G.I. Joe: Retaliation filmmaker Jon M. Chu to direct. That obviously didn’t pan out, and in the meantime Sony has had an army of writers trying to tackle the screenplay.

The fragile reliability of whether this film gets made is probably the primary reason why any news about it has been widely ignored.

But according to some reliable sources, Man of Steel and Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer is now on the job while Sony is meeting with potential directors.

In 2014, the studio considered filmmakers like Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid remake), Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie), and Mike Cahill (Another Earth).

There was a “Masters of the Universe” way back in 1987 with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. But despite its cult status, it was considered a lame and disappointing adaptation.

If you ask me, “Masters of the Universe” is indeed a complex piece to adapt. If you just think of the Frank Frazetta mini-comics that came with the toys in the 80’s, the world of He-Man looks like it deserves a serious adaptation ala Lord of the Rings.

But if you think about it as the toy it was originally conceived to be, along with the popular 80’s cartoon, you could even think that it deserves a wild, goofy adaptation a la 21 Jump Street.

The warlocks, knights, and dragons concept is not an easy subject to adapt. Just look at how the “Warcraft” movie turned out. If it was up to me, I’d probably go with taking influences such as The Lord of the Rings movies, the Schwarzenegger-starred Conan the Barbarian, and the Chronicles of Riddick as references.

If only somebody slammed me a multi-million-dollar project like that.

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