Sony is in talks with Batman Begins and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer David S. Goyer to direct their reboot of Masters of the Universe. Sony has been working continuously to get the Mattel based property back on the big screen. After previously named McG as the director, Masters of the Universe has been stuck in development ever since. Even with a director, the project never appeared to have much urgency behind it. The movie was at one point in the casting process with Kellan Lutz in the running for the lead role of He-Man.
The future looked even more unclear when it was revealed that McG was no longer attached to direct. The news came right after Sony planted a December 2019 release date, but the departure of McG did bring Goyer onboard as the writer. His script looks to have impressed, as The Wrap is now reporting that David S. Goyer is in talks to direct. Plot details are vague for the time being, but the report outlines an as expected story that features Prince Adam of Eternia become He-Man and is pitted against Skeletor. There doesn't appear to be a signed agreement yet, so Goyer's deal could fall through, but this could be the next directorial effort for him. [UPDATE: Goyer has decided to pass on directing Masters of the Universe.]
Goyer is a well-versed writer in Hollywood, but most movie goers will recognize his work from his comic book related projects. He broke onto the scene by writing all three Blade movies starring Wesley Snipes, and he wound up directing the final installment - Blade: Trinity. This was not his directorial debut however, as that came two years before in 2002 with Zig Zag. He's since gone on to direct two other films, but his most profile work has come as a writer.
Following the Blade trilogy, Goyer was an integral part of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. He wrote the screenplay for Batman Begins, and also received story credit for The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises. After that, he's gone on to work on several films in Warner Bros. DC movie universe, including Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is reportedly writing (and possibly directing) Green Lantern Corps - although it remains to be seen if that project will conflict with the He Man project.
Thanks to his past work, Goyer could be a good fit for a universe with such potential as Master of the Universe. The previous 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren has its fair share of fans, but many agree it could be much more with a different approach. Goyer's strengths come in grounding otherwise other-worldly concepts and building a universe in the process. If he can do that as the writer and director here, Sony could have a possible franchise on their hands with Masters of the Universe.
Source: The Wrap
- Masters of the Universe (2019) release date: Dec 18, 2019