Masters of the Universe movie updates have been slow in coming, and the latest from G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu doesn’t offer much in way of hope.
“We’re still early, but we’re deep in experimenting,” Chu told IGN Thursday. “This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we’ve ever wanted to try in Masters and then we get to throw out all the things that don’t work — which is most of it — to know what our right tone is, where we’re going to head with it.”
In other words, nothing. Still, Chu insisted that “it’s a very important phase because it shows you the direction we’re going to go in the future.”
“We’re very early,” Chu said. “We don’t know a lot yet, other than we’re playing around having a lot of fun.”
Chu provided those comments in a sit-down interview to discuss the latest G.I. Joe film, and while any news on a He-Man reboot is welcome, the project has been frustratingly stubborn to develop.
For a few years, the Masters of the Universe movie has been listed on IMDb as “in development” under the title Grayskull, which is the name of the castle Prince Adam/He-Man often finds himself defending against the evil hordes of Skeletor.
Chu was hired in June 2012 to develop the project. Later last year, he spoke to MTV essentially stating the same thing he did to IGN.
“We’re working on the script, to make it better and stronger,” Chu said in October. “We’re designing a bunch of stuff. I learned on [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] that to make it right, you have to do a lot of experimenting first, and you have to trust that during the process you’ll find where the tonal line is … It’s so delicate.”
Even on whether the film would be 3D, he revealed nothing.
“As we figure out the character of the movie, I think we’ll have a better feel for it,” Chu said. “I love 3D – a movie like Masters in 3D would be amazing … To be in that world would be a crazy, crazy experience. We’ll see what Sony decides.”
He-Man fans, you may have cause for concern. The 3D format is still more of an overpriced distraction than a giant technological leap. Judging from Chu’s comments, he’d like to try it out anyway.
Furthermore, his films Step Up 2: The Streets and G.I. Joe Retaliation, have failed to generate above a 30 percent from the critical roundup at Rotten Tomatoes.
As for Chu’s highest rated film among critics, try Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (64 percent).
With that bit of info, are you still excited about the Masters of the Universe movie, He-Man fans?
Here’s a trailer from the first time someone tried filming the beloved cartoon: