Director Jon M. Chu recently discussed his decision to tackle the new Masters of the Universe movie.
Movie geeks who grew up in the 80s probably have very fond memories of writer David Odell and director Gary Goddard’s 1987 adaptation of the popular cartoon. Dolph Lundgren tackled the role of He-Man while acclaimed actor Frank Langella was cast as the villainous Skeletor.
Although the characters bore a passing resemblance to the source material, it wasn’t exactly a faithful adaptation. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is hoping to please fans of the series with his own big-screen version of the tale.
“I love Masters of the Universe, but I didn’t know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,’ and it got me really really excited,” the director told SuperHeroHype.
He continued, “We’ve been designing a ton of stuff for Masters of the Universe as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world — that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s everything you want ‘Masters of the Universe’ to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way.”
Unfortunately, the next G.I. Joe movie may end up taking precedence over the Masters of the Universe adaptation. Since Dwayne Johnson is currently in very high demand, the filmmaker said he may have to put He-Man on the back burner for the time being.
It’s not altogether surprising that Paramount Pictures wants another G.I. Joe flick as soon as possible. Retaliation was a worldwide hit for the studio, amassing approximately $371 million during its theatrical run. It’s unclear when the next installment will arrive in theaters.
Are you excited to see what Jon M. Chu does with the Masters of the Universe franchise?