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Masters of the Universe set for December 2019 with McG no longer directing

04.27.2017

I HAVE THE POWERRRRR…*cough* *cough*…sorry, went too big. Let me try that again.

I have the power now to inform all you MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE fans out there that the upcoming live-action film has officially be given a release date of December 18, 2019. It’s a bold date for the movie to take, and unfortunately it may be harder to reach now as EW is reporting that director McG has officially left the project.

The news of the release date and McG leaving come within hours of each other, but so far Sony doesn’t seem fazed about making the release, as they are currently hunting for a new director and reportedly have a script coming from David S. Goyer. No word yet on why the director left, but on the acting front Sony is also reportedly courting A-list actors to fill up key roles. Kellan Lutz was once a name linked with potentially playing the lead of He-Man, but nothing has come of that yet. Really all you need is a man with a big chest who can rock a blonde bowl cut.

The week-before-Christmas slot has been occupied by a STAR WARS movie (including this year’s THE LAST JEDI) going back to 2015, but Disney announced recently that STAR WARS: EPISODE IX would be arriving May 2019. Two-and-a- half years is more than enough time make the film, especially if Sony finds a director quickly.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is no doubt Sony’s attempt to roll out a new kind of franchise based on the hit 80s cartoon (and ignoring the ghastly 1987 Dolph Lundgren movie), but I can’t say this news does anything for me. Cartoons and toys of the 80s sort of fall out of my purview, so I’m not exactly excited just yet for any sort of movie based on He-Man and his space pals. But clearly there are fans, and a December release could give it some box office legs. They have to find a special name for the franchise, though, as the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Universe doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is set for December 18, 2019.

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10:48PM on 04/27/2017

Dream cast

He-Man: Chris Hermsworth, Man at Arms: Hugh Jackman, Teela: Felicity Jones, Skeletor: Michael Shannon, Beastman: Dave Bautista, Evil-Lyn: Emily Blunt
He-Man: Chris Hermsworth, Man at Arms: Hugh Jackman, Teela: Felicity Jones, Skeletor: Michael Shannon, Beastman: Dave Bautista, Evil-Lyn: Emily Blunt
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8:46AM on 04/29/2017
That would be an epic cast!
That would be an epic cast!
8:19PM on 04/27/2017

Good that McG is gone, bad that Goyer is on board

Goyer has a few truly great movies on his resume but that's because he was rein in by some pretty strong directors. On his own, he's likelier to produce something all over the place.
Goyer has a few truly great movies on his resume but that's because he was rein in by some pretty strong directors. On his own, he's likelier to produce something all over the place.
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7:50PM on 04/27/2017
Masters of the Universe is the next Lord of the Rings if they do it right. David Goyer is a good sign they're taking it seriously but it'll be so easy to eff up if they don't have real respect for the characters beyond just viewing them as cartoons.
This was my childhood. I will fan gurl hard over some MOTU.
Masters of the Universe is the next Lord of the Rings if they do it right. David Goyer is a good sign they're taking it seriously but it'll be so easy to eff up if they don't have real respect for the characters beyond just viewing them as cartoons.
This was my childhood. I will fan gurl hard over some MOTU.
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4:03PM on 04/27/2017
Oh Thank God!!! No McG. Some of the best news since Uwe Boll retired. Why the hell is he called McG anyways?!
Oh Thank God!!! No McG. Some of the best news since Uwe Boll retired. Why the hell is he called McG anyways?!
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1:08PM on 04/27/2017

Oh come on, the 1987 version is "Ghastly"

It rocks some cool effects and Frank Langella steals the show as Skeletor...I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll bring this one to the silver screen...
It rocks some cool effects and Frank Langella steals the show as Skeletor...I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll bring this one to the silver screen...
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7:15PM on 04/27/2017
Eh... it's got the nostalgia factor going for it I guess, but ghastly is putting it nicely. That's one of those movies like NeverEnding Story 3 or Batman and Robin that you watch as an eight year old and are like "I know I'm just a kid, and this movie was made for kids, but I can still tell this movie sucks."
Eh... it's got the nostalgia factor going for it I guess, but ghastly is putting it nicely. That's one of those movies like NeverEnding Story 3 or Batman and Robin that you watch as an eight year old and are like "I know I'm just a kid, and this movie was made for kids, but I can still tell this movie sucks."
12:14PM on 04/27/2017
Thank God McG isn't directing anymore. My ideal director would be Tsui Hark. His recent films like Detective Dee series are great. He could make He-Man along that line - set it in the He-Man universe and let his imagination runs wild.
Thank God McG isn't directing anymore. My ideal director would be Tsui Hark. His recent films like Detective Dee series are great. He could make He-Man along that line - set it in the He-Man universe and let his imagination runs wild.
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11:37AM on 04/27/2017
I hope this film turns out to be awesome.

I also hope this will kick-start the long dreamed of ThunderCats movie.
I hope this film turns out to be awesome.

I also hope this will kick-start the long dreamed of ThunderCats movie.
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11:12AM on 04/27/2017
Chris Hermsworth for He-man would be perfect (too bad he already passed on the role because it was too similar to Thor); Charlie Hunnam or Boyd Holbrook would do the trick too.
Benedict Cumberbatch for Skeletor would be perfect. Toby Stephens remains my second choice.
Chris Hermsworth for He-man would be perfect (too bad he already passed on the role because it was too similar to Thor); Charlie Hunnam or Boyd Holbrook would do the trick too.
Benedict Cumberbatch for Skeletor would be perfect. Toby Stephens remains my second choice.
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11:03AM on 04/27/2017
I think just He-Man would work as the name of the movie.
I think just He-Man would work as the name of the movie.
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11:00AM on 04/27/2017

Good News.....?

I've been clamoring for this reboot forevor but it'll depend on who is directing. If it's really Goyer writing it is it even worth getting excited at this point.
I've been clamoring for this reboot forevor but it'll depend on who is directing. If it's really Goyer writing it is it even worth getting excited at this point.
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11:04AM on 04/27/2017
Yeah I saw that too and got concerned, Goyer is very hit or miss...mostly miss.
Yeah I saw that too and got concerned, Goyer is very hit or miss...mostly miss.
10:43AM on 04/27/2017
Think you'll find the 1987 is a classic Mr Rooney
Think you'll find the 1987 is a classic Mr Rooney
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