‘Kick-Ass 2′ Director to Rewrite (and Maybe Direct) ‘Masters of the Universe’

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The Internet may still be buzzing from its first look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot hitting theaters this year, but the heroes on a half-shell are far from the only 1980s characters plotting a live-action comeback. Case in point, development on the long-rumored Masters of the Universe reboot continues.

For a while, it looked like the film was inching (ever so slowly) towards production, with director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) leading the project. However, fans hoping that his version of the film – which was said to avoid a campy approach to the material – would see the light of day were disappointed when Chu left the project. (He’s now working on another 1980s reboot, Jem and the Holograms, believe it or not.) Since then, the film has been in search of a director, and now comes a report that this search is over.

According to Schmoes Know, Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) has signed on to bring He-Man and the kingdom of Eternia back to the big screen for Sony Pictures. The studio has yet to confirm this news, leaving it strictly in the rumor mill for now, but this is not the first time Wadlow’s name has been attached to Masters of the Universe, as he was one of many names bandied about for the job following Chu’s departure.

UPDATE: In addition, THR is reporting that Wadlow has been recruited to rewrite the Masters of the Universe script; it’s not yet clear how much material will be carried over from the earlier draft put together by Terry Rossio (co-writer on Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4 and The Lone Ranger). The article mentions that it’s possible that Wadlow shall also direct the Masters reboot, but that nothing is set in stone on that front yet.

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The most obvious question revolving Wadlow’s potential involvement is that, if he has signed to direct Masters of the Universe, where does that leave his other rumored project, namely Fox’s X-Force film. Wadlow has been working on the script for the X-Men spin-off film, but it has long been suspected that he had an eye on the director’s seat as well. It’s quite possible that – considering the moderately disappointing box office take of Kick-Ass 2 – Fox decided to have Wadlow simply write the film, allowing room for a more experienced filmmaker to step in and direct.

That being said, X-Force also currently has no release date, despite Fox’s long-term plans for its mutant franchise. It’s possible that Wadlow could helm Masters of the Universe before production on X-Force begins (whenever that happens). At this point, it’s all purely speculation.

Assuming this news holds true, do you think Wadlow is a good choice to direct Masters of the Universe? What kind of approach would you like the film to take with the material? Sound off in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on the Masters of the Universe reboot as this story develops.

Source: Schmoes Know, THR

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  1. I’m okay with this I guess. Unlike most I really enjoyed Kick-Ass 2 (still hoping for a 3rd one) and I don’t have much attachment to He-Man so whatevs.

  2. I would not mind seeing this. the thing I really get bothered by is studios saying we are going to do this film and nothing ever happens? Like Creature from the black lagoon, Goosebumps, island of Dr Moreau, X-force, Prometheus 2, Predators 4 and many more well where is all the news on these? franchises get ahead of themselves sometimes and they need to think of films as it going to be the only one then if done right move to a sequel.

  3. This could have potential. I didn’t mind the first one and have rewatched it numerous times since I was a kid (saw it at the theater lol). It is totally campy though, but Dolph is da man and I liked him in just about anything anyways.

  4. THIS IS BRILLIANT. This loops back perfectly.

    Allow me to explain for you kiddies how He-Man was created.

    The original Conan movie came out in 1981, more or less. A toy company did the merchandising bit. When they actually saw the movie, they realized they would never be able to sell those Conan toys to kids (you have seen the original Conan movie, right?) if the movie is a hard (for the time) rated R.

    So they re-branded the toys as He-Man characters. There is no way to take this character seriously. None. Whatsoever. If you make a movie, you have to do the jokey treatment.

    Wadlow gets it.

  5. I was watching some Masters of the Universe animated show on Netflix awhile back (it may have been the new one?), as I’d never seen it growing up, and it seemed pretty serious in tone to me. Granted, it’s wild fantasy, but it certainly wasn’t campy or jokey.

    • Then that deffo wasn’t the original.

      • Someone needs to have a go at M.A.S.K. and Thundercats…. Perhaps even Brave Starr

  6. All I know is if I see a buff dude with a bob haircut and bangs, it would be pretty funny.

    What’s up with a Silverhawks movie?!

  7. Dolph Lundgren should make a cameo.

    • This, like +10

  8. They really need He-Man as a fallback device if the Spiderman series don’t do well. I’m glad Sony picked this up because I think a LOTR style reboot for He-Man would actually succeed, if it had the right directors. Wadlow probably needs to do X-Force.

  9. This movie deserves at least a ‘THOR: The Dark World’ quality level. I don’t want to see a one time joke of a movie, I want this to be epic and exciting and awesome. It could be and should be an amazing and on-going franchise. Or you could blow it and make a hokey cornball cheese-fest that may or may not end up being a cult classic.

  10. The Smurfs also could have been a great movie in and of itself, minus any real world interactions. Let the source material stand up for itself. There is a reason such things are successful, and to tamper with them is to ask for trouble and failure.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks did it right.

    The Smurfs did it wrong.

    Transformers did it right. G.I. Joe did it wrong.

    • no no no no, just no……

  11. One of the very few reboots/rehash/no imagination cash grabs that I approve of, He Man has never been treated as it should have been, the film was OK at best and was possibly better as a 10 year old watching it. This could have a nice bit of potential so long as they don’t do a ‘grounded & gritty’ version, those buzz words would kill this franchise from the very beginning.

  12. Would be epic if they took the He-Man characters and went with a theme and look like Willow or a PG-13 version of Game of Thrones.

  13. As long as they cast Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella and Courteney Cox I’m on board.

  14. I really hope they keep with the dark and edgy theme. The current comic is like that. I liked both the kick ass movies too.

  15. The original He-Man series indeed had plenty of campy elements and comic relief (like Orko), but there is a difference in portrayal and what’s really there. Compare it to Batman of the 1960s (fun, but nobody takes it seriously) or Joel Schumacher’s 1990s abysmal versions versions adaption by Burton’s and Nolan’s. You have to understand where the franchise comes from and you can then amplify these parts and tone down others, and it’ll work.

    The design of the MOTU franchise, to me, is much closer to the likes of Henson’s Dark Crystal, or the Dagobah scene of Star Wars (generally, Star Wars in some sense). It’s a primeval world with a rather creepy and gnarly look and it is infused with early (pre-Tolkien) pulp fantasy. You have demons, snake-humans, beast creatures and the likes. There are skulls at prominent places (Grayskull, Skeletor) and there is a sci-fantasy and superhero theme running through it, generally the DNA comes from the 1930s. And I think that is, or can be “hip”, again and in a modernized fashion also non-campy. You will have some comic-book campiness, card-carrying villains and the likes but James Bond or Star Wars (old) had that too. That shouldn’t be in the way.

    I’d bring out silhouettes and detail structures, i.e. rooty and gnarly trees, greebles (organic vs technical), that give everything a bit of a graphical quality (by contrast, a normal tree is just a flat surface with a fine, grainy structure). I would use colour grading to make the shapes “pop” and contrast a bit, like they did somewhat in the Hellboy franchise. I thought X-Men first class also did quite well. Yet would strongly avoid the “crank up saturation look”. Well, and they need to a proper transmedia integration.

    Campy will fail.