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Jon M. Chu isn't sure where Masters of the Universe is going to end up

Jul. 26, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Okay, so Channing Tatum won't be He-Man in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE but what's the status on this thing?

All we seem to get is talk, talk, and more talk. Is this thing destined to be shelved forever? The only movie version we ever got was in 1987 with Dolph Lundgren in the role of Prince Adam. Despite owning it and loving Lundgren, it's really f*cking terrible. There's a great fanbase for the animated series that started out originally as a toy line. But do the fans think that a decent adaptation is possible? As a kid, I loved He-Man especially She-Ra (my first action figure). I watched it when it ran for a second time on USA Network. I believe that if all the right elements are there it could work.

Jon M. Chu has been on the project for a bit now, and his follow up to G.I. JOE: RETALIATION seems to be coming along quicker than MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. So when will we see He-Man and Skeletor battle it out on the big screen? SuperHeroHype spoke with the director who discussed the timing for both projects:

"I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in 'Joe' and knowing that 'Masters' has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for 'Masters of the Universe' is what really hooked me. 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. We're still working on that one and 'Joe' has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we're rushing to get that done and Dwayne has a certain time period so it may end up that 'Joe' goes first in all those things and I don't know if 'Masters of the Universe' will wait for me or where that's going to end up. But right now it's been great. 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. It is actually a gorgeous world that we're doing in the initial visual concepts that we've been making."

Unfortunately there was no confirmation on Johnson's return to G.I. JOE even though he was cited by Chu as the "leader" and "future" of the franchise.

As for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, right now it just sounds like a pipedream. They are working on it without knowing where the road will take them.

Are you waiting on this to get scraped, or are you actually waiting to see it?

Source: Coming Soon

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3:31PM on 07/27/2013
"Oh, I see how it's different. " you know what? Fuck you you hollywood hack. All you see shaping up is dollar signs. Might be the booze talking but fuck those gi joe movies and fuck the he man cash grab. These people! Tell the truth! You don't know how to market this shit to a younger crowd. That's what holding this back. Not you not knowing what movie to make.
"Oh, I see how it's different. " you know what? Fuck you you hollywood hack. All you see shaping up is dollar signs. Might be the booze talking but fuck those gi joe movies and fuck the he man cash grab. These people! Tell the truth! You don't know how to market this shit to a younger crowd. That's what holding this back. Not you not knowing what movie to make.
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9:23AM on 07/27/2013
The only thing Earth based is Queen Marlena. You can have her space team leaving on a voyage and she can get somehow transported to Eternia. NO NEED for anything else Earth related. Prince Adam doesn't need to feel like "Man I wish I can see the home my mommy was born in." Channing Tatum is NOT a proper choice for He-man either.
The only thing Earth based is Queen Marlena. You can have her space team leaving on a voyage and she can get somehow transported to Eternia. NO NEED for anything else Earth related. Prince Adam doesn't need to feel like "Man I wish I can see the home my mommy was born in." Channing Tatum is NOT a proper choice for He-man either.
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8:49AM on 07/27/2013
I'm all for a MOTU movie! But please not Tatum - there have got to be better people out there!

This one needs to be set on Eternia though. I don't care who directs it I just was a true-to-subject movie. No "take it to earth" cop outs

And while we're at it - it's time we got a live action ThunderCats movie dammit!
I'm all for a MOTU movie! But please not Tatum - there have got to be better people out there!

This one needs to be set on Eternia though. I don't care who directs it I just was a true-to-subject movie. No "take it to earth" cop outs

And while we're at it - it's time we got a live action ThunderCats movie dammit!
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11:58PM on 07/26/2013
crazy if they force Chu to direct GI Joe 3 and give MotU to Justin Lin. complete the asian director shuffle.
crazy if they force Chu to direct GI Joe 3 and give MotU to Justin Lin. complete the asian director shuffle.
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9:10PM on 07/26/2013

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Cut to 1987. A large immaculate office conference room. Several important looking men are seated there.
Exec - "There's an established toy line. A built in audience with this popular tv show. So we're going to start there and now we're all going to take a giant shit on it and take turns mushing the pages together until no-one recognizes it. Grab a burrito and let's make a movie gentlemen."
Cut to 1987. A large immaculate office conference room. Several important looking men are seated there.
Exec - "There's an established toy line. A built in audience with this popular tv show. So we're going to start there and now we're all going to take a giant shit on it and take turns mushing the pages together until no-one recognizes it. Grab a burrito and let's make a movie gentlemen."
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9:04PM on 07/26/2013

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Cut to 1987. A large immaculate office conference room. Several important looking men are seated there.
Exec - "There's an established toy line. A built in audience with this popular tv show. So we're going to start there and now we're all going to take a giant shit on it and take turns mushing the pages together until no-one recognizes it. Grab a burrito and let's make a movie gentlemen."
Cut to 1987. A large immaculate office conference room. Several important looking men are seated there.
Exec - "There's an established toy line. A built in audience with this popular tv show. So we're going to start there and now we're all going to take a giant shit on it and take turns mushing the pages together until no-one recognizes it. Grab a burrito and let's make a movie gentlemen."
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8:28PM on 07/26/2013
In my mind, the only way to make Masters of the Universe works is to make it a crossover between The Lord of the Rings and 1980s animated Fire & Ice.
In my mind, the only way to make Masters of the Universe works is to make it a crossover between The Lord of the Rings and 1980s animated Fire & Ice.
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8:43PM on 07/26/2013
That sounds about perfect. All the Frazetta T&A and large-scale battles to the death you can handle!
That sounds about perfect. All the Frazetta T&A and large-scale battles to the death you can handle!
9:20PM on 07/26/2013
Believe it or not, when I was a kid I didn't like Fire & Ice. But last year I bought Fire & Ice Blu Ray and it was just perfect animation in every way.
Believe it or not, when I was a kid I didn't like Fire & Ice. But last year I bought Fire & Ice Blu Ray and it was just perfect animation in every way.
7:37PM on 07/26/2013
Hopefully it won't end up on Earth for over an hour.
Hopefully it won't end up on Earth for over an hour.
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7:32PM on 07/26/2013
Can't do GI Joe sequel without The Rock. Plain and simple.
Can't do GI Joe sequel without The Rock. Plain and simple.
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