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McG in talks to direct Masters of the Universe

01.22.2016

Based on the Mattel toy line of the same name, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man. His nemesis is the villainous Skeletor who seeks to conquer a fortress known as Castle Grayskull in order to learn the secrets held within. That's your set-up, for those unfamiliar, and Hollywood has been working on bringing it to the silver screen for some time now. If the following is to be believed, they may be one step closer.

Deadline is reporting that McG is in talks with Sony do helm the picture. Last we heard, Christopher Yost (THOR: THE DARK WORLD) was taking a break from Asgard to pen MASTERS. If McG comes on board, who knows if they'll stick with that script or start from scratch. As of now, McG is wrapping up the coming of age horror story, THE BABYSITTER, so maybe we'll hear something concrete in a few months' time.

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8:20PM on 01/23/2016
There actually is a pretty well established mythology around these characters. i could easily see this being done in a kind of Heavy Metal / Edgar Rice Burroughs kind of way.

Hopefully they won't do to this what Michael Bay did to Transformers.

There's already plenty of cheesy schlocky fantasy films both intentional and unintentional, so I wouldn't at all be interested in that.
There actually is a pretty well established mythology around these characters. i could easily see this being done in a kind of Heavy Metal / Edgar Rice Burroughs kind of way.

Hopefully they won't do to this what Michael Bay did to Transformers.

There's already plenty of cheesy schlocky fantasy films both intentional and unintentional, so I wouldn't at all be interested in that.
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7:57AM on 01/23/2016
The LAST thing MotU needs is the fucking 'dark gritty ans realistic approach' bullshitt that has been plaguing this kind of movies lately ! A serious MotU movie ? NO THANKS !
So if McG can mix his action scenes of Salvation with the tong in cheek humor of the first Chalie's Angels, I'm ok with it.
YES, he's not a great director, but he can do entertaining films ans that's what I want for MotU.
Otherwise, make it realistic: He-Man and BattleCat transform, BattelCat eat He-Man... THE END !
The LAST thing MotU needs is the fucking 'dark gritty ans realistic approach' bullshitt that has been plaguing this kind of movies lately ! A serious MotU movie ? NO THANKS !
So if McG can mix his action scenes of Salvation with the tong in cheek humor of the first Chalie's Angels, I'm ok with it.
YES, he's not a great director, but he can do entertaining films ans that's what I want for MotU.
Otherwise, make it realistic: He-Man and BattleCat transform, BattelCat eat He-Man... THE END !
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5:25AM on 01/23/2016

There is so much potential in this property...

... but obviously Sony don't recognise it.
... but obviously Sony don't recognise it.
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4:03AM on 01/23/2016

Torn

I'm very torn over this He-Man was my favourite toy and cartoon growing up and whilst the first holds a special place for me I was always left with a sense of unwhelming disappointment such as there was no sequel, no battlecat no Orco and not much Time spent in Eternia. I get the sfx were nowhere near good enough but I'd be will to at least see what McG can produce as after all I've wanted this film for a long time with today's film making especially after seeing
The work they did with the
I'm very torn over this He-Man was my favourite toy and cartoon growing up and whilst the first holds a special place for me I was always left with a sense of unwhelming disappointment such as there was no sequel, no battlecat no Orco and not much Time spent in Eternia. I get the sfx were nowhere near good enough but I'd be will to at least see what McG can produce as after all I've wanted this film for a long time with today's film making especially after seeing
The work they did with the Tiger on Life
Of Pi, here's hoping we get a good film and then we can hope for Thundercats,
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2:41AM on 01/23/2016
This director is a fuckng hack! He sucks ass!
This director is a fuckng hack! He sucks ass!
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1:04AM on 01/23/2016
Hi, I'm a Sony Exec and I have $200000000+ to put on that bonfire just over there….
Hi, I'm a Sony Exec and I have $200000000+ to put on that bonfire just over there….
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11:46PM on 01/22/2016
HE-MAN was my first memory. It was what got me into fantasy and comics it actually did mold me into the person I would become. I have always wanted them to make an epic big budget Masters of the Universe movie that would live up to all of my dreams. Today those dreams were shit on. Oh well I guess there's always Thundercats.
HE-MAN was my first memory. It was what got me into fantasy and comics it actually did mold me into the person I would become. I have always wanted them to make an epic big budget Masters of the Universe movie that would live up to all of my dreams. Today those dreams were shit on. Oh well I guess there's always Thundercats.
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9:39PM on 01/22/2016
Thanks McG, you just save me $10 at the theater.
Thanks McG, you just save me $10 at the theater.
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8:54PM on 01/22/2016

Please No!

Loved the first Masters of the Universe movie growing up and still have a nostalgic soft spot for it. I'm certainly not expecting PTA or anybody, but McG?! The guy's movies range from painfully dull to borderline unwatchable. I know it won't happen, but I'd love to see the Wachowski's do a batshit crazy version. He-man with the Cloud Atlas/Speed Racer aesthetic? Yes please!
Loved the first Masters of the Universe movie growing up and still have a nostalgic soft spot for it. I'm certainly not expecting PTA or anybody, but McG?! The guy's movies range from painfully dull to borderline unwatchable. I know it won't happen, but I'd love to see the Wachowski's do a batshit crazy version. He-man with the Cloud Atlas/Speed Racer aesthetic? Yes please!
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8:33PM on 01/22/2016
I mean, I'l give it a shot. Never understood the all out hate for this guys movies. He's a uninspired choice for sure, but We are Marshal, Salvation, and This Means War are entertaining. Tarsem Singh would have been my choice. Something with the look of Immortals would be great for this.
I mean, I'l give it a shot. Never understood the all out hate for this guys movies. He's a uninspired choice for sure, but We are Marshal, Salvation, and This Means War are entertaining. Tarsem Singh would have been my choice. Something with the look of Immortals would be great for this.
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6:54AM on 01/23/2016
Seems you've forgotten Charlie's Angels. Not that i blame you for doing so.
Seems you've forgotten Charlie's Angels. Not that i blame you for doing so.
7:59PM on 01/22/2016
No. I don't trust McG.
No. I don't trust McG.
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7:08PM on 01/22/2016

Perfect match

If he keeps the tone somewhere between Terminator:Salvation and Charles Angels I think he could make a pretty fun He-Man movie. I'll hold judgement until I see a trailer but hell, why not? This could be a good time at the movies.
If he keeps the tone somewhere between Terminator:Salvation and Charles Angels I think he could make a pretty fun He-Man movie. I'll hold judgement until I see a trailer but hell, why not? This could be a good time at the movies.
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6:10PM on 01/22/2016
STUDIO BOSS: "Man, who should we get to direct The Masters of the Universe movie?"
EXEC: "Oh dude, you know who would totally be perfect is, remember that one time we tried to reboot the Terminator franchise?"
STUDIO BOSS: "You mean the one with the girl from Game of Thrones?"
EXEC: "No before that, the one that people were actually excited about. With Christian Bale?"
STUDIO BOSS: "Oh, right, right."
EXEC: "Yeah, and we got that director that nobody liked and he killed the franchise after
STUDIO BOSS: "Man, who should we get to direct The Masters of the Universe movie?"
EXEC: "Oh dude, you know who would totally be perfect is, remember that one time we tried to reboot the Terminator franchise?"
STUDIO BOSS: "You mean the one with the girl from Game of Thrones?"
EXEC: "No before that, the one that people were actually excited about. With Christian Bale?"
STUDIO BOSS: "Oh, right, right."
EXEC: "Yeah, and we got that director that nobody liked and he killed the franchise after a single movie? Yeah, we should get HIM!"
STUDIO BOSS: "Didn't he also direct that 'This is War' movie with Reese Witherspoon?"
EXEC: "Uh, yeah, he did that too."
STUDIO BOSS: "He's totally our guy!"
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6:00PM on 01/22/2016
If McG wants to be taken at all seriously as a professional he needs to not call himself McG....
If McG wants to be taken at all seriously as a professional he needs to not call himself McG....
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6:38PM on 01/22/2016
He is consistently handed the keys to major blockbuster films. Hollywood studios will not trust someone with that kind of money if they don't consider them professional. McG might suck, but he is very much viewed as a professional.
He is consistently handed the keys to major blockbuster films. Hollywood studios will not trust someone with that kind of money if they don't consider them professional. McG might suck, but he is very much viewed as a professional.
3:56AM on 01/23/2016
That's because the Yanks think he's cool, just like Jo-lo and Will.IAm - and actually there all idiots. You'd never see Danny Boyle referring to himself as DBo
That's because the Yanks think he's cool, just like Jo-lo and Will.IAm - and actually there all idiots. You'd never see Danny Boyle referring to himself as DBo
5:55PM on 01/22/2016
Yep... This will suck for sure. McG needs to just stick with television.
Yep... This will suck for sure. McG needs to just stick with television.
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5:38PM on 01/22/2016

Nope!

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. This will end in a crapfest.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. This will end in a crapfest.
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5:35PM on 01/22/2016

It's Masters of the friggin Universe

It's silly plastic toy,Saturday morning cartoon nonsense. There's no deep mythology to be ruined.

McG is fine for this. All flash, no attempt at making it real or gritty. Plastic is what you want.
It's silly plastic toy,Saturday morning cartoon nonsense. There's no deep mythology to be ruined.

McG is fine for this. All flash, no attempt at making it real or gritty. Plastic is what you want.
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6:14PM on 01/22/2016
It's that kind of thinking that leads to shitty movies. You should be an executive.
It's that kind of thinking that leads to shitty movies. You should be an executive.
6:23PM on 01/22/2016
So...
Once there was a movie about the son of Satan and a mer-man who both had girl troubles so they got drunk and sang golden oldies together and then beat up an evil elf prince and his giant plant monster. Oh, but first they had to go shopping at the Troll store.

That sounds like the most ridiculous plot to a movie ever, but guess what? It was one of Rotten Tomatoes 10 best reviewed movies of 2008. I have no doubt that McG, or any number of other directors would have turned it into a
So...
Once there was a movie about the son of Satan and a mer-man who both had girl troubles so they got drunk and sang golden oldies together and then beat up an evil elf prince and his giant plant monster. Oh, but first they had to go shopping at the Troll store.

That sounds like the most ridiculous plot to a movie ever, but guess what? It was one of Rotten Tomatoes 10 best reviewed movies of 2008. I have no doubt that McG, or any number of other directors would have turned it into a crapfest, but Del Toro was able to pull it off with aplomb. You can take some pretty silly premises and still get a quality movie in return as long as you hire talented individuals who care about doing a quality job.
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5:29PM on 01/22/2016
Nnnnnnnnnope.
Nnnnnnnnnope.
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3:52PM on 01/22/2016

Welp there goes any chance for a decent MotU movie...

McG is another hack director who needs to stop fucking around and find a job he is good at instead of wasting time in Hollywood.
McG is another hack director who needs to stop fucking around and find a job he is good at instead of wasting time in Hollywood.
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3:49PM on 01/22/2016
By the power of Grayskull, let this be untrue. I have come to realize I will never get an epic adaptation of my favorite childhood cartoon.
By the power of Grayskull, let this be untrue. I have come to realize I will never get an epic adaptation of my favorite childhood cartoon.
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3:29PM on 01/22/2016
Aaaaaaah fuck...
Aaaaaaah fuck...
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3:23PM on 01/22/2016
NO! NO! NO! NO! FUCK! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
NO! NO! NO! NO! FUCK! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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2:57PM on 01/22/2016
Oop, nevermind then
Oop, nevermind then
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2:44PM on 01/22/2016

the Dolph Lungren one is already better if mcg is directing

wow! right from excited to No THANKS in seconds.
wow! right from excited to No THANKS in seconds.
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2:33PM on 01/22/2016
If McG's in, I'm out.
If McG's in, I'm out.
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2:24PM on 01/22/2016
Welp there goes that movie right into the shitter
Welp there goes that movie right into the shitter
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2:21PM on 01/22/2016
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2:23PM on 01/22/2016
Actually that was supposed to read:

[link]!!!

But whatever.
Actually that was supposed to read:

[link]!!!

But whatever.
2:24PM on 01/22/2016
What the hell?!?!
What the hell?!?!
5:37PM on 01/22/2016
never ever put ....... or !!!!!! after a word itll make it a link for some reason
never ever put ....... or !!!!!! after a word itll make it a link for some reason
6:14PM on 01/22/2016
Thanks dude!
Thanks dude!
2:17PM on 01/22/2016
Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation, 3 Days to Kill. 'Nough said.
Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation, 3 Days to Kill. 'Nough said.
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2:16PM on 01/22/2016
I'm looking forward to a New live action version of MotU but not with McG at the helm.
I'm looking forward to a New live action version of MotU but not with McG at the helm.
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2:12PM on 01/22/2016

NOOOOOOO!!

McG f***'n suuuucks! When will people learn this? How many shite movies need to happen before someone says, "You know, it could be this no talent ass clown of a director we hired... What was his name again? Oh yeah, McG. That turd."

Want this movie. Don't want this director.
McG f***'n suuuucks! When will people learn this? How many shite movies need to happen before someone says, "You know, it could be this no talent ass clown of a director we hired... What was his name again? Oh yeah, McG. That turd."

Want this movie. Don't want this director.
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2:11PM on 01/22/2016

eh why not...

it's freaking He-Man. classic McG and his overly colorful and ridiculous style makes sense to me. it's a good fit. like Michael Bay and Transformers.
it's freaking He-Man. classic McG and his overly colorful and ridiculous style makes sense to me. it's a good fit. like Michael Bay and Transformers.
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2:18PM on 01/22/2016
Boo. Hiss.
Boo. Hiss.
1:43PM on 01/22/2016

Don't you see what happened to the Terminator franchise

Does anyone remember how bad it was?
Does anyone remember how bad it was?
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2:09PM on 01/22/2016
we are dead. WE ARE ALL DEAD!!!
we are dead. WE ARE ALL DEAD!!!
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