Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well. Read More »
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Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
- That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
- Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
- What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
- The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image
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In 2012, DreamWorks Animation acquired the library of Classic Media, a company that owns the rights to many pop culture brands. Some examples are Masters of the Universe, Voltron, Rocky and Bulwinkle, Lassie, Mr. Magoo and Where’s Waldo, but the company owns even more than that. As far as the public knows, nothing has really happened with the purchase yet but, the CEO of the company revealed the plans are big.
Jeffrey Katzenberg believes the Classic Media library is to DreamWorks what the Marvel library is to Disney. And, in the future, the company plans to “reinvent” these franchises. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.
Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.
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Now that Jon M. Chu is finally done with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he can turn his attention to other projects. For fans, tops on that list is the He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe. Chu was revealed as the director of the film back in July 2012, but hasn’t had time to truly concentrate on it, thanks to his extra-long post-production duties on Joe. With Retaliation out in the wild, Chu uses a new interview to provide an update on Masters of the Universe. Unfortunately, that update sounds quite similar to what he said in October of last year.
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In just over a week Jon M. Chu will finally see his delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation open in theaters, which means he can truly move on to his next project. That is looking like it could be Masters of the Universe, based on the line of toys and accompanying advertisement cartoon series. Another film was once made based on the property, with Dolph Lundren starring as the alien warrior prince He-Man.
Naturally, despite the fact that no one really liked that version of Masters of the Universe when it was released, and few people like it now for anything other than a dose of kitsch, people are asking about the idea of Lundgren appearing in the new film. And because this is Hollywood, that could be enough to make it happen. Read More »
Director Jon M. Chu has quickly become one of those directors whose quotes you need to read. After gaining notoriety with the Step Up movies and Justin Bieber documentary, Paramount entrusted him with one of their marquee franchises: G.I. Joe. Then Sony handed him the reigns to another potential franchise, Masters of the Universe. That’s a nice step up (pun intended) from dance TV shows.
In a new interview, Chu offered some significant updates on the status of G.I. Joe Retaliation, which was delayed so that (reportedly) the director could convert the film to 3D, as well as on Masters of the Universe, which is based on the popular Eighties cartoon and toy line . Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
So a new He-Man movie is really in development. Why? Great question. The property was never anything other than a method to pander toys — pretty weird, goofy toys, at that. Yet there is a company ready to pour millions of dollars into revitalizing a sales pitch that is best remembered by guys in the 30 to 40-year old age range. And Jon M. Chu, who made the yet-to-be-released G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is going to direct it. He spoke about his reasons for making the movie, which you can read below.
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