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.
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.