‘Masters Of The Universe’ Movie Drops Director, Hires New Writer

The Masters of the Universe movie is currently undergoing some serious changes.

Although G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was originally hired to bring the adaptation to life, apparently he’s not involved with the flick right now. According to Geek Tyrant, the filmmaker is no longer attached to the Paramount Pictures project.

For some fans, this is definitely good news. Chu’s work on such movies as Step Up and the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never led many to believe that he was simply the wrong person to helm the Masters of the Universe movie. At least they don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Who will fill Jon M. Chu’s shoes? As of this writing, the studio hasn’t tapped a new director for the project. Since Paramount is reportedly interested in hammering out a new script, it could be a while before a replacement is officially announced.

According to the folks at The Hollywood Reporter, The Lone Ranger co-writer Terry Rossio was recently tapped to tackle scripting duties on the Masters of the Universe movie. Depending on who you are, that might be a complete and total deal breaker.

The website points out that Rossio has plenty of experience with big-budget Hollywood movies. Not only did he co-write the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks, he also helped out with the Zorro films starring Antonio Banderas. Again, his involvement with Masters of the Universe might be a step in the wrong direction for the project.

He-Man’s next big-screen adventure will reportedly stick closer to the source material than writer David Odell and director Gary Goddard’s 1987 adaptation starring Dolph Lundgren. However, it’s unknown how many characters from the original cartoon series are expected to make appearance in the flick.

Are you a fan of Masters of the Universe? What do you think about The Lone Ranger scribe tackling scripting duties on the Paramount Pictures project?

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