Columbia’s movie project Masters of the Universe is losing it’s director and getting a new writer according to reports.
Jon M. Chu who directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation was originally signed to direct a newer and hopefully better version of Masters of the Universe is no longer attached to the project. Mr. Chu who is currently getting the third G.I. Joe movie ready would not of been able to begin any sort of production on a Masters of the Universe movie until 2015 at the earliest.
Sony/Columbia wanting the project to move along sooner then 2015 has brought on screenwriter Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) to do a complete re-write of the screenplay that had been worked on by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch. Sony has high hopes for a franchise from Masters of the Universe.
History of He-Man
Mattel developed the original He-Man action figure in 1981. The backstory was conceived by the Filmation animation studio. The resulting series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, debuted in syndication in September 1983.
The show spawned a spin-off series, She-Ra: Princess of Power following the adventures of He-Man’s sister. Later the New Adventures of He-Man in the early 1990s, and an update of the series for a contemporary audience in 2002.
In 1987 Warner Brothers made a live-action movie, Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture that pretty much failed at the box office. With Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor.
(1987) Movie Synopsis:
The planet Eternia is in the aftermath of Skeletor’s war on Castle Greyskull, which he has won after seizing Greyskull and the surrounding city using the Cosmic Key developed by the Thenorian locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is now Skeletor’s prisoner and he begins to drain her lifeforce as he waits for the Eternia’s moon to align with the Great Eye of the Universe that will bestow god-like powers upon him. Once on Earth, He-Man and company team up with two teenagers as they attempt to find the key and return home.