Director Jon Chu Says ‘He-Man’ Reboot Will Be ‘Serious,’ Not ‘Campy’

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If you were ever holding your breath for the new Masters of the Universe movie to be released, chances are you probably passed out a long time ago. The rights were in Warner Bros’ hands for a long time before the studio finally gave up on the project altogether. The film was later picked up by Sony Columbia Pictures, and Predators screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak were hired to write a new script. Now, almost three years later, they’re apparently still writing it.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu was brought on last summer to direct the film, presumably because his experience adapting a 1980s Hasbro toy line to the big screen made him a top candidate for adapting a 1980s Mattel toy line (plus, he’s already proved himself a hit with the kids by directing Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never). Chu spoke about Masters of the Universe very recently, explaining that he and the writers are currently “experimenting” and are planning to “throw out all the things that don’t work – which is most of it.”

In another interview, this time with Topless Robot, Chu has expanded a little on the direction that the experimentation is taking them. Since Chu spent the end of last year completing post-production for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and more recently doing press tours for that film, it sounds like his involvement in Masters of the Universe is only just getting underway:

“We’re still in the beginning stages, designing a ton, and this is sort of the most fun phase because we get to do a bunch of different designs of the world and the costumes and make a lot of mistakes, as much as we can so we know where we shouldn’t go and where we should be headed in terms of the tone and the look of the movie.”

This is much the same as what we’ve heard before, but when pressed to give a more clear picture of what the script currently looks like, Chu explained that he already has a good idea of what they will and won’t be doing with the tone.

“We’re going for slightly more serious. And I wouldn’t say ‘serious’ as a dark tone, you don’t necessarily want ‘He-Man’ to be [dark], but it’s not campy. We’re not going campy. It’s sort of an origin story of how He-Man came to be, and to me that gives you a lot of opportunity to create real culture in this world. What is Eternia really like, what are the cultures, what are the languages they’re speaking, what are Snake Men, what are Beast Men, what are all these things, and how do they exist in this world?

“So we’re taking a real look at creating life on this planet, on this world, that hopefully will translate. And again, we’re in a very early designing phase of it, the script is great, but we’re still very early at figuring out exactly how theatrical we go, and how real we go, and how dark we can take it.”

From the way he describes it, Chu might be trying to go in the same direction as Avatar - giving the ecology and society of Eternia the same level of detail that James Cameron gave to Pandora. He also avoided answering whether or not Prince Adam and He-Man would be played by different actors, which could mean that Prince Adam won’t exist in the reboot, and the film will instead be based on the original mini-comics that came with the toys.

The original stories (which can be read over at He-Man.org) had a somewhat more serious tone compared to the later Filmation cartoon, so there’s a chance that Finch and Litvak have gone right back to He-Man’s roots to find inspiration for their script.

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It’s almost a shame that Chu is so adamant about the film not being “campy,” especially since he doesn’t seem to be particularly sure of anything else. Whether this conviction stems from a belief that the current Masters of the Universe fans don’t like camp – or he’s trying to attract new fans and make the film more accessible to a wider audience – there are a number of pitfalls that come with trying too hard to give the franchise a serious tone. Personally, I’d love to see $150m or so spent on making the campiest Masters of the Universe movie possible. There are enough “serious” comic book movies in theaters right now that Chu could corner the market on camp.

How do you feel about these very early indications of where Masters of the Universe is heading? Do you like the idea of a serious take on He-Man, or would you prefer a 90-minute version of this? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

We’ll let you know when if Masters of the Universe gets a release date.

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Source: Topless Robot (via ComicBookMovie)

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  1. They *do* need to go serious. Skeletor is the most terrifying, demonic enemy in fiction, if portrayed correctly. A Milius-esque take on He Man would be great, but let’s face it – it doesn’t sell toys. This is gonna be GI Joe all over again.

  2. When I read the article about Director Jon M. Chu, I am afraid this movie isn’t going to be good. It seems as though he is going to make He-man different is some major way. Look of what happened when they made He-man different in the 1980′s movie. It was AWFUL!

    I think a combination of serious and “campy” will be good for the He-Man movie. I do not see anything wrong with the filmation cartoons of He-Man either, I wouldn’t mind if the movie was based on them.

    One thing I hate about today’s movies, is that there is too much emphasis on special effects and design, and not enough on story, characters, etc..

    For instance, the Clash of the titans remake was HORRIBLE. So much action and special effects, I was BORED! There was too much going on all at once. FIght after fight, I wasn’t impressed! Not only that, but the story sucked and the acting was really bad.

    Another movie that has too much action and special effects is Avatar. I hated it, and I don’t know why it gets so much praise? I am a fan of this genre, but I am sick of this garbage that is put out by Hollywood. We need TALENT!

  3. I think that creating a He-Man movie combining both seriousness & “campy” could make for an overall better film for all people… choosing one direction over another will limit the fan base!!! By combining the two, I feel old fans will be attracted while drawing new fans as well!!!

  4. I agree with the direction that they are going. If you want “campy,” watch the 1987 movie (which I happen to love!) or the Filmation series. I still watch all of the Filmation series for nostalgia’s sake, but the Mike Young Productions series was far superior in tone, animation, character-development, and story lines. I’m an adult now, and I’d love to see that this franchise can grow up with me. I’m ready to see a modern take on an old favorite, not a rehashing of cheesy plots and cheesy dialogue. A big problem with “STAR WARS: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” was that it catered to children with the likes of Jar Jar Binks, and thus left those of us who had grown up asking “WTF?!?” Pandering to children for the sake of gaining a new audience is a mistake. The first thought should be of fans my age because if there’s a good story and good characters, the children will get on board anyway (without equating Orko to Jar Jar Binks). Even if the movie has a “serious” tone, there will surely be some moments of comedic relief. I think Chu is talking about making a MOTU that is more akin to what Bryan Singer did with the first “X-Men” as opposed to a MOTU in the style of “Requiem for a Dream,” which seems to be what some of you think “serious” means. Sorry for the long post, but I’m passionate about MOTU.

  5. I think that the He-Man movie will be very good. If it is made by Chu, I believe that the movie will be made the correct way and how the planet Eternia goes into the story of how the planet came to be and where it is in the universe. Just like superman where they showed the planet Krypton, and how superman came to this planet
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  6. Actor Jacob Young should play Prince Adam/He-Man.

  7. I would LOVE a serious He-Man movie, but for campy I think of the Adam West Batman. In other words, pointless and a total waste of time. If it is similar to the 1980s He-Man I expect I will see it, although I would predict a flop at the box office. If it is campier than that, forget it. It’s time that He-Man was taken seriously as a superhero for grown ups. It is mostly those that were kids in the 80s who will be interested, and I expect they are grown up by now.

  8. Recently, I saw an interview with the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gillian. Gillian said, that he injects humor into his scripts, because without humor, it would be too dark. A script needs humor, to give the audience a break.

    Its fine to include a darker tone, and change things a bit. The audience has grown-up and matured, but I don’t believe we should entirely abandon the origins of MOTU (Masters Of The Universe).

    MOTU worked, because it did combine violence with humor. I think if you have too much of either violence or humor, you’ll turn people off. I, also, do not believe that they should rely too much on special effects. I’d love to see an Orko in this film, unlike the 80s film, which refused to include the lovable Trollian Wizard.

    There are, actually, 7 different He-Man stories. There is the original DC Comics Presents 47 story, which is the first appearance of MOTU in comic form, in-which Superman travels to Eternia. There is the Mini-comic form. There is the Filmation form, there is the full-sized comic form, which is similar to the mini-comic, but a little different. There is the 80s film form, There is the failed Power of Grayskull spin-off form, there is the early 90s reboot, which took place on the spaceship Eternia, in-which He-man battled Space Mutants. There is the more serious reboot, from 2002, which was darker and did go into more of the Power of Grayskull back-story, and now, there is a new reboot of toys, that was introduced at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, which not only draws from all of those stories, but also goes into the future, and talks about King He-Man and Queen Teela, and their adoptive son He-Ro, who has become the new defender of Eternia, along-side He-Man.

    It would be nice to see the Keldor, Randor, Captain Glenn, Hordak, story-line. I don’t know if we really need to see the Preternia story-line, that features not only the Snakemen and King Hiss, but also the the Faceless One, Hordak and Hord Prime.

    You may have noticed I left-out the She-Ra story. This is because after the filmation series ended, the MOTU Bible kinda pretended as though She-Ra never existed. Although, the inclusion of She-Ra does include the story of Hordak and King Hiss, and it lends itself to a Star Wars-esq type story-line, where both Brother and Sister battle the dark-side.

    I believe, that if they include Orko, its important that they talk about his Trollian ancestry, the original He-Ro, from Preternia, and how they’re gaurdians of the Power Sword. Orko traveled to Eternia to choose the next Master of the Universe, and give this person the power sword, so they could defend against evil. The cartoon may have made Orko out to be a jester, but he was a powerful wizard, with an important job.

    Captain Glenn is a very interesting character. She’s an Earth Astronaut who’s spacecraft gets caught in a wormhole. Glenn crash-lands on Eternia. Later, Captain Glenn meets Captain Randor, and the two fall in love. Randor becomes King and Captain Glenn becomes Queen Marlana and mother of Prince Adam, who later becomes He-Man.

    He-Man knew of Superman, because of the stories his mother had told him, about the super hero, while she was on Earth. It may be interesting to reference the Man of Steel, even if they never show him, to suggest the two could be combined, at some point, if there were ever a sequel or a spin-off.

    The thing I liked about MOTU is that it wasn’t just about action. There was dialog. There was humor. It would be a mistake to remove both that dialog and humor. It would, also, be a mistake to make the a Conan the Barbarian clone, like the 80s film. Eternia is a combination of Warrior culture, technological, and the Renaissance-era. There is both magic and science in this world. There is even some spirituality too, if you look at both the stories of Keldor and Orko.

    If you’re wondering who Keldor is, he’s the Half-Brother of Captain/Prince/King Randor. Technically, he’s Prince Keldor.

    Keldor has blue-skin, because he’s a member of the Gar race. The Gar people did suffer some discrimination, because of their blue skin. Keldor believed he should have been King, not his brother Randor.

    Keldor turned to the evil Lord Hordak, who is quite ancient. Hordak made Keldor his apprentice and taught him the dark-arts. Later Lord Hordak was captured and banished to another dimension, so he could no longer terrorize Eternia. Keldor took over Hordaks place as the new evil Lord of Eternia. It was during this time, that Keldor was injured by acid. Keldor lay dying, from this exposure to acid, and he reached-out to his banished master. He made a deal with Hordak to help him escape and return to Eternia. In return, Hordak agreed to save Keldor’s life.

    To save Keldor’s life, Lord Hordak combined a monster known as a Demo-Man with Keldor, which transformed Keldor into the skull-faced villain known as Skeletor. Keldor never really wanted Hordak to escape, and return to Eternia, but Hordak did return to Eternia.

    In the She-Ra story-line its Hordak who captures Randor’s daughter Princess Adora. Hordak raises Adora as his own daughter and trains her as his new pupil. She becomes Captain Audora, a leader of the Horde Amry. Its only later, that she learned of her true birthright and becomes the good and honorable Princess of Power.

    There is some confusion as to who is He-Ro, in the MOTU Bible. Originally, He-Ro was the Preternian Ancestor of He-Man. Later, it became known that he was from the Trollian home-world, like Orko, and he was the Gaurdian of the Power Sword, like Orko. He gave King Grayskull the power sword and King Grayskull became the original Master of the Universe. So, King Grayskull is the true ancestor of He-Man, not He-Ro. In a later reboot, of the series, there is another He-Ro. This time, He-Ro is the adoptive son of King He-Man and Queen Teela. Apparently, in this reboot, He-Man is now living full-time as He-Man and has abandoned his alter-ego Adam. Its unclear if his son was named after the Preternian Wizard Warrior. The new He-Ro becomes a warrior, like his adoptive father and fights along-side of He-Man.

    There is a story, about how He-Ro, was once known as Dare. Dare was a lost child, with great power. Both He-Man and Skeletor learned of this boy, and both set-out to find him. Skeletor hoped, if he could find Dare first, he could teach the boy the dark arts, and destroy He-Man. He-Man rescued and adopts Dare, and teaches the boy how to be He-Ro.

    What’s interesting about the Dare story-line, is that he’s a young boy, but when he trans-forms into He-Ro, he becomes a grown-man, only to return to being a young-boy later, when he transforms back. This is unusual, considering Adam was always the same age as He-Man, even after his transformation. Instead of a Battle Cat, Dare rides a Battle-Bird, who’s alter-ego is Craven. But unlike the cowardly cat Cringer (Battle Cat’s alter-ego), Craven is eager to fight, but incompetent.

    As you can see, there is a lot of content available, to draw from, some of which is quite dark in nature. You can have a dark story, but it needs humor, to make it enjoyable for the viewer. I’m reminded of the film Kick-Ass, which began as a comic too. Kick-Ass successfully combined both camp and and dark violent scenes intended for an adult audience. I’m not suggesting that MOTU be as violent as Kick-Ass, but I am suggesting that you can successfully combine campy with darkness.

    Just please, no more Gwildor. I don’t think the franchise can survive another Gwildor. He was the Jar-Jar Binks of MOTU.

  9. Here, Mr. Chu, is your recipe for a blockbuster MOTU movie:

    Take 1/6 Beastmaster
    Add 1/6 Avatar
    Mix in 1/6 Hellboy
    Add 1/6 Braveheart
    Stir in 1/6 John Carter
    and top with 1/6 Original Star Wars.
    Mix ‘em up and sprinkle with your own little Chu touches, and everyone will be happy. Also…..

    -Skip the origin stories except He-Man and Battle Cat, and maybe Skeletor. We didn’t have a clue who the heck Boba Fett was or where Han Solo was from but we loved them.
    I suggest a young He-Man finds a green tiger cub being attacked by some familiar purple panthers and he rescues it somehow. The cub nuzzles him and they are friends forever. That’s all the communication you need from Battle-Cat. He’s a little whiny because he’s scared so He-Man jokingly calls him “Cringer”. No magical transformation into Battle Cat. He just grows up. And gets mean. And hates purple panthers.
    -It’s OK for characters to have masks/heavy makeup in movies. Darth Vader never showed much facial expression. Venom did. Lesson learned.
    -No Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren or anybody else who has played a superhero before.
    -However, feel free to put Chris Pine on steroids and give him the role of He-Man
    -Very limited famous faces. Absolutely, positively, no Rock. Or Channing Tatum. (it bears repeating)
    -Find Alfredo Alcala and let him be your art director.
    -He-Man is a barbarian. He’s pretty much a blonde Conan. (rent Beastmaster) add muscle.
    -He-Man’s dad in flashbacks is Triple H. (Also a barbarian, not King Randor)
    -Sci-fi and primitive CAN live together on one screen. Star Wars did it many years ago, Predator did it, and John Carter did a decent job of it as well.
    -IF you are smart, creative, and an original thinker, you will find a way to make these characters work on screen and be true to the source material. The original movie Skeletor did a decent job. Putting an iron cross on He-Man and curly thingies around Teela’s boobs would be just lovely. Trap-Jaw if done right, could beat out Boba Fett as coolest bounty hunter ever. All the other characters, just give them some of their original signature. They’re weird, they’re colorful, they have weird names. So what. Figure it out.
    -The names are pretty easy to handle. The recent Batman and Superman movies showed you how. Maybe some kid calls the skunk people “stinkors” and the spider people “webstors”. No big deal.
    -DO NOT listen to ANYONE who tells you that the fans will be upset if you don’t put in Adam or Orko. I was a fan of MOTU from the time when all they had was Man-at-Arms on the shelf, until the freaking Rock people and Sy-Klone or whoever he was showed up. I watched the cartoons daily. I loved them. Leave them be. The fans will complain about Orko on blogs and such, but they will forget their anger as they realize what a kick-ass, serious and believable take on MOTU they have just seen. And then they will go back again. Two words– Jar-Jar Binks. (3 words?)
    -Castle Grayskull has a skull for a facade. Everyone carries maces, halberds, swords, laser guns, and whips. No one needs a feel-good story about friendship. We got plenty of that from Sam and Frodo.
    -No cheesy humor or one-liners or goofy sidekicks. Anyone remember Dungeons and Dragons? Didn’t think so. Braveheart is a fine model. Let it be your humor guide.
    -Lots of characters already in MOTU. Do not make up any of your own. Don’t do it. You don’t have to give everybody a huge role, again take a cue from Star Wars and just let some of them stand around looking tough.
    -Jessica Biel is the only actress you need to audition for Teela.
    -Again, No Cringer, and..
    -NO talking Battle Cat! However,….
    -EXACT replicas of Battle Cat’s armor. One of the coolest things ever about MOTU, IMHO.
    -Good luck figuring out Stratos. Does he need wings strapped to his arms, does he need a jetpack, who knows? Just give him some cool goggles and an Amish beard and it will work out fine.
    -No mustache on Man-at-Arms. The toy looked way tougher, kinda like Randy Couture.
    -Please, for the love of God, no herky-jerky cameras and impossible-to-follow action scenes.
    -Please do include an epic underwater battle with Mer-Man
    -Don’t get yourself too worked up with Queen Marleena, King Randor, the Snake Men, etc. Just stick to the basics. They can come later if this turns out to be worthy of a sequel.
    -I shouldn’t have to say that there doesn’t need to be any She-Ra. But a nice little nod would be maybe to have some cute little blonde girl kick the young boy He-Man’s butt one day and yell “RA!” or something like that. Fans would wet themselves.
    -And finally, make Snake Mountain a vast, horrifying place similar to Mordor. Make Castle Grayskull this huge epic, fortress the size of Minas Tirith, but mysterious, abandoned, maybe filled with ghosts like the ghost dudes in LOTR. Wasn’t there a ghosty scare-glow guy later on in MOTU? The Power Sword gives you mastery and control of all that. There you go.

    So, there it is, I’ve laid it all out for you, now you just need to follow the recipe and become the next (insert famous director here)

    (don’t think I’m holding my breath for any of this, it’s just my vision of my perfect MOTU movie, but unfortunately I’m sure it will suck)

    • I agree with a lot of what MJ said. I would like to see an epic under-water battle seen with Merman, and I would like to see an aerial scene with Stratos, and few of the flying vehicles, such as the Wind Raider.

      I do believe you need Orko and Adam. I agree that not every character is as essential to the story. Some of them are supporting characters, so Adam doesn’t have to play as large a role as He-Man, but he should appear as He-Man’s secret identity.

      Its important to remember, that Adam wasn’t a weak Clark Kent, type character. He was being trained as a warrior, by Duncan (Man-At-Arms). Adam had a relationship with Teela, who is Duncan’s daughter. Teela and Adam had great chemistry. She would spar with Adam, during his training, and there was some flirtation, during the combat.

      I think, if you’re going to talk about the power sword, you really need to talk about Orko and The Sorceress (Teela Na/The Goddess). Both of them play a role in He-Man’s power.

      I’m all for a bit of a Adam/Cringer childhood back-story. It may be nice, to devote a couple minutes to their friendship, since Battle-Cat is an important part of the the story, which was something lacking in the 80s film. I don’t know that we need Cringer to have a hatred for Panthers, although, I certainly understand why MJ would suggest that plot-line given Skeletor’s Panthor. It may be neat to have a fight between the two cats, at least in the background. I agree, that Battle-Cats Armor was a pretty cool feature, that should be included in the new film.

      I don’t know that I’d describe He-Man as a blond Conan, because I don’t really see He-Man souly as a barbarian. I believe they are a worrier society, but I don’t see him as someone who’s barbaric. I see He-Man as someone who’s as intelligent, as he is strong. Here is someone who can operate pretty advanced machinery, as well as a sword and ax. After all, he is royalty, with an education, not just an ignorant enforcer. I would like to see brawn and brains.

      I would like to see Trap-Jaw, and even characters like Roboto. I think both characters if done with the right character actor wearing a motion capture body suit, would be pretty cool. In-fact, I could envision a battle between he two, since they both have inter-changeable parts.

      I can pictures, an actress, like Jessica Beal, as Teela. I would choose an actress with beauty, intelligence, a quick whit, and some muscle. She doesn’t need to be muscle-bound, but she should be able to defend herself. In the cartoon, Teela knew martial arts, and I could see her knowing Judo, because its a martial art, where you leverage the opponents own weight and motion against them. It seems like a fighting style she may use.

      I agree, that both Snake Mountain and Castle Grayskull should be both epic and mysterious. I believe the character, that MJ was thinking of, is called Scare Glow. Scare Glow was a Glowing Skeletal ghost worrier, who worked for Skeletor. He was one of the last figures produced in the original series. In the mini comic, Scare Glow dies. He appeared along-side Ninjor, who was an evil Ninja worrier. Keep in mind, these were characters, that didn’t appear in the cartoon. They only appeared in the mini-comics that came with the figures. Towards the end, Mattel was just creating figures, either in hopes to include them, if the series continued, or to advance toy sales. Supposedly, Scare Glow was the ghost of Karak Nul, who was one of Skeletor’s henchmen. I’m not sure you really need to go into that much depth, as to who this ghost may have been, in a past life. Anyway, I could see Scare Glow, more as a henchman found in Snake Mountain, not Castle Grayskull.

      I’d say, instead of trying to make it like other movies, let it be its own movie. Let it lead, not follow. If you try to make it like others, then people will compare it to those films.

      This isn’t LOTR. They don’t have to walk everywhere. They have vehicles. In-fact, I would like to see them use those iconic vehicles. This isn’t even Star-Wars. In-fact, I don’t really want them to ever leave Eternia. Although, I can see the benefit of the rich background characters used in Star Wars.

      Finally, I do agree with MJ, that I’m sick and tired of herky-jerky cameras and impossible-to-follow action scenes. Transformers and the most recent Pacific Rim film had some battle scenes, that were difficult to follow, especially at night. The view spent too much time, trying to take-in what they were seeing, to the point, where it was information overload. The new Superman movie became boring, because of the battle scenes. I’d rather see more WS (Wide-Shots), than CU (Close-Ups), POV (Point-Of-View) and OTS (Over-The-Shoulder) shots. If you go wide, then you can show layers of battles. You can see multiple characters fighting at once. If you’re going to do a CU, it should be more for reactions.

      Give the film some emotion. It doesn’t have to be overly dramatic, but these characters should be likeable. I didn’t really like the character Conan. I want to like He-Man. If I don’t like him, then it’ll feel like one tough thug beating-up another tough thug. He-man has to be likeable.

  10. What was wrong with the Dolph Lundgren version? Classic.

  11. Here are excerpt from an interview Jon Chu gave concerning the MOTU film. It provides a little more incite into what we may expect.

    Chu:

    “I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical, I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a MOTU movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property.

    MOTU is such a challenging puzzle to make into a movie that works to a contemporary audience but the script seemed to really crack it for me. I think people are really going to be surprised at the rich story we have the opportunity to tell in this world. Where you think MOTU goes left, the script goes right and it was just very clear to me this was something very special.

    It was never a conscious decision to do another “toy” movie but when I read this I couldn’t put it down. And I definitely couldn’t let anyone else make it but myself :) It was just too much fun.

    I LOVED the toys growing up. I had Grayskull, I had BattleCat/Cringer, I had Stratos and Orko and obviously He-Man and Skeletor. I also watched the cartoon a lot growing up. This is my era, so going to Mattel to visit their headquarters was like walking into a childhood fantasy. They had a lifesized He-Man in the lobby as well as a glass case with EVERY SINGLE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE action figure on display. It brought me back to my youth and I knew I had to be a part of getting this movie together. For every MOTU fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to make sure to protect it in the process.

    I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we’re just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth.

    I don’t really think about the 80s movie when looking at this movie because the script here is so strong and so unique. I think the characters are so grounded and layered I never expected that in a Masters movie so to me it’s on a totally different level. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 80s movie for full nostalgic reasons but this script feels like it’s a totally different genre than that one.”

    Its pretty clear from these statements, that the script was presented to Director Jon Chu, while he was completing G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Its important to remember, that Retaliation was delayed due to the conversion to 3D. Its unclear whether or not MOTU would be either shot in 3D or converted to 3D, although it seems like many of these films do have a 3D version.

    Personally, I didn’t like Chu’s Retaliation. I thought, that the original G.I. Joe was better than the sequel. Stephen Sommers directed the first film. I wasn’t really a G.I. Joe fan. I was more of a MOTU fan, as a kid. But, I liked the first G.I. Joe. Perhaps, actual G.I. Joe fans enjoyed the sequel, more than I did. But, its important to remember, these films need to appeal to newcomers, not just existing fans, to be successful.

    In another exclusive interview with Moviepilot.com Chu has this to say:

    Chu:

    “I don’t know the answer [on bringing it to a modern audience], to be honest. I know the script I read was beautiful, amazing, relatable, and human in every way. It was set on another planet, but it was so here. It’s relatable, and I love that. It’s a He-Man I’ve never experienced before. It was poetic in a strange way, which is what I want to bring to life. We don’t have the tone down yet, but we’re very early on in designing the world, the culture, and characters. We’re trying to make as many mistakes as we can right now, so we can get that out of the way and figure out the path we want to take. We’re in the most important and interesting phases of finding where the movie is. I love the original film, but we’re very different from that”

    Its nice to hear that they’re designing the world, the culture and the characters. This gives the story a bit more depth.

    Finally, Chu gave an interview, in July, where he discussed the tone and world.

    “We’ve been designing a ton of stuff for ‘Masters of the Universe’ as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world – that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s everything you want ‘Masters of the Universe’ to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we’re doing in the initial visual concepts that we’ve been making.”

    It’ll be really interesting to see Jon Chu’s vision of Eternia.

  12. It seems all superheroes are given the emo treatment. First Batman, then Iron Man (let’s face it, the dude’s softer, deeper side came out in 3), now a deep He-Man?
    How’s about casting Dwayne Johnson and just add some kick-ass Skeletor slaying in there, along with all the goodies and baddies, and the whole range of weapons?

  13. The Eternia of the minicomics or ‘Miniternia’ is a great place to start with moving He-Man out of the realm of kiddie-toon nostalgia ..and into the larger heroic fantasy genre, where it will have longevity. That’s also where it will be the most commercially viable.

    After the abysmal failure of the 2002 revival, fans figured out what was missing and rekindled interest in the minicomics, with sites like this one… http://mineternia.tripod.com/ff_ByTFStephens.htm‎

  14. Take the screenwriters of a not so great movie, and the director of an absolutely terrible adaptation of an 80′s toy franchise movie, and put them together, and you’ll very likely ruin what could be a promising movie remake. Still, I like the fact he’s talking about darker tones ec…this is one movie that could use it (whereas harry potter did not).

  15. Actually, just read the article where he talks about the movie. Dude sounds like he’s a big fan, and got some great ideas, so I humbly retract my previous post, and ish him all the best with it!

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