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'Masters of the Universe' Script Finished by 'Kick-Ass 2' Director Jeff Wadlow

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Masters of the Universe, a big screen reboot of Mattel's He-Man/Masters of the Universe multi-media property, is one of those projects that seems to be continually in development, but has yet to progress beyond the script development stage. Today we can confirm that a fresh Masters of the Universe screenplay draft has been finished by writer/director Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2); whether or not the project at last takes the next step forward, remains to be seen.

The Masters of the Universe franchise (including its various comics/cartoon spinoffs) revolves around the fight between forces of good (He-Man/She-Ra) and evil (Skeletor) in the fantasy world of Eternia. It was a popular geek property of the 1980s, similar to brands such as Transformers and G.I. Joe; in fact, G.I. Joe: Retaliation director John Chu was once set to reboot the Masters of the Universe live-action film iteration.

Wadlow joined the project as a screenwriter after Chu stepped down as director; hence, the Masters of the Universe script has gone through a handful of writers' hands at this stage. That list includes Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4), Richard Wenk (The Equalizer), and writing duo Alex Litvak and Michael Finch (Predators).

Those combined film credits indicates that Masters of the Universe is, in fact, meant to be a fun action/fantasy offering that's nonetheless more straight-faced than camp-tastic. It remains to be seen if all of these scribes get credited for their contributions, but their names are included on the Masters of the Universe script cover that Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President DeVon Franklin posted via his Twitter account (see below).

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