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Rumor: Is this the shortlist of directors for Masters of the Universe?

Jan. 10, 2014by: Niki Stephens

In early October, director Jon M. Chu dropped out of the live-action He-Man flick, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. There's been no word on who would replace him but they did nab Terry Rossio (LONE RANGER) to tidy up the script.

I don't know how many of you are still holding out hope that this film will come out sometime in this century. I still don't know what to think about it. As a younger schmoe, I was a massive She-Ra fan. I watched the hell out of some He-Man. As I've stated before, the He-Man flick with Dolph Lundgren unfortunately did nothing for me so I've always just let go of a decent live-action adaptation. I know lots of people love it for its cheesy factor but it was too much for me.

If Rossio crafts this great script and hits it out of the park like he did with the PIRATES installments then maybe there's a chance. But with Chu out then who is being eyed to direct?

According to a rumor from Schmoes Know, these are the names of the shortlist of directors:

Joe Cornish (ATTACK OF THE BLOCK), Rian Johnson (LOOPER), Andy Muschietti (MAMA), Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders (THE CROODS) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET).

Again it's a rumor, so I don't know if any of these guys have actually been extended an offer, or if they'd even want to take a project like this one on. Though I am secretly hoping that Lord and Miller get it, cast Channing Tatum, and make it the best damn comedy ever.

Source: Schmoes Know

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12:35PM on 01/13/2014

I reeeeeeeally doubt they'll get Rian Johnson or Joe Cornish

But if they do then my interest in this will explode.
But if they do then my interest in this will explode.
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9:01AM on 01/13/2014

Joe Cornish has my vote

Attack the Block was a lot of fun. He did a great job with the little budget he had. Everyone else on the list sucks and would ruin this movie faster than you can say Dolph Lundgren.
Attack the Block was a lot of fun. He did a great job with the little budget he had. Everyone else on the list sucks and would ruin this movie faster than you can say Dolph Lundgren.
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12:57PM on 01/11/2014
It's a really good short list. The studio should be pleased with either one of those directors (except for the Croods guys who seem out of place here). However, it's too bad I stopped caring about Masters and He-Man when I was ten years old.
It's a really good short list. The studio should be pleased with either one of those directors (except for the Croods guys who seem out of place here). However, it's too bad I stopped caring about Masters and He-Man when I was ten years old.
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1:17PM on 01/11/2014
Then why comment on this story?
Then why comment on this story?
2:09PM on 01/11/2014
Because I'm a fan of those directors. Was it really that hard to get?
Because I'm a fan of those directors. Was it really that hard to get?
11:28AM on 01/11/2014
The first Pirates was great fun, but frankly the three sequels to it were really hard to get through, and wasn't Lone Ranger pretty much universally regarded as an instant flop? This doesn't give me much hope in the project.

I am not at all interested in any kind of humorous take on the subject matter. Any kind of parody or satire would be shunned by MOTC fans. I'm just a casual fan of MOTC myself, but if the film turned into a "winking at the camera" affair, then I just wouldn't bother
The first Pirates was great fun, but frankly the three sequels to it were really hard to get through, and wasn't Lone Ranger pretty much universally regarded as an instant flop? This doesn't give me much hope in the project.

I am not at all interested in any kind of humorous take on the subject matter. Any kind of parody or satire would be shunned by MOTC fans. I'm just a casual fan of MOTC myself, but if the film turned into a "winking at the camera" affair, then I just wouldn't bother with it.

This is an excellent opportunity for some fantastic sword & sorcery mixed with sci fi. It's a Golden Goose in terms of its franchise potential. Let's hope someone doesn't cook it like they did with the Land of the Lost franchise potential.

On another note, while the Dolph Lundgren film did deeply suck, I have to say that the costume design for Skeletor was fantastic.
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8:38AM on 01/11/2014
I'd like to see a proven director take the job....the story has to do the franchise justice.
I'd like to see a proven director take the job....the story has to do the franchise justice.
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5:27AM on 01/11/2014
Good choices there, though when someone mentioned the 21 Jump Street directors reuniting with Channing Tatum for some reason my mind would picture Jonah Hill as Skeletor and laugh my ass off.
Good choices there, though when someone mentioned the 21 Jump Street directors reuniting with Channing Tatum for some reason my mind would picture Jonah Hill as Skeletor and laugh my ass off.
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1:36AM on 01/11/2014

Maria Shriver for Skeletor!!

Make it so, Hollywood!!
Make it so, Hollywood!!
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10:32PM on 01/10/2014
I like the idea of having Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing with Tatum as the lead and making this a full blown action comedy.
I like the idea of having Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing with Tatum as the lead and making this a full blown action comedy.
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9:38PM on 01/10/2014
I'd take rion Johnson.
I'd take rion Johnson.
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9:23PM on 01/10/2014

Why Kirk DeMicco?

Chris Sanders is one of the great animation directors/writers of our time. He has done some impressive films with Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch, How To Train Your Dragon), but The Croods fell short of that standard. The reason, to me, appears to be Kirk DeMicco, the genius mind behind Racing Stripes, Space Chimps and Quest to Camelot. It seems Chris Sanders has to carry the creative weight, because Kirk hasn't demonstrated himself to be a leader in quality. When How To Train Your Dragon 2
Chris Sanders is one of the great animation directors/writers of our time. He has done some impressive films with Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch, How To Train Your Dragon), but The Croods fell short of that standard. The reason, to me, appears to be Kirk DeMicco, the genius mind behind Racing Stripes, Space Chimps and Quest to Camelot. It seems Chris Sanders has to carry the creative weight, because Kirk hasn't demonstrated himself to be a leader in quality. When How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out, we'll learn more about what Dean DeBlois brings to the art, but Chris Sanders deserves better. He's better off working alone.
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9:22PM on 01/10/2014
Rian has said he'd never direct a feature that wasn't his script, and I can't see him doing Masters of the universe anytime soon.
I can only hope that Phil Lord and Chris Miller get it, because it would be the best action/comedy/sci-fi of the decade.
Rian has said he'd never direct a feature that wasn't his script, and I can't see him doing Masters of the universe anytime soon.
I can only hope that Phil Lord and Chris Miller get it, because it would be the best action/comedy/sci-fi of the decade.
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8:56PM on 01/10/2014
The way I see it, Masters of the Universe needs to be along the line of The Lord of the Ring meets Ralph Bakshi's Fire & Ice animated movie from the 80s. And I think Joe Cornish is the right man. Attack the Block was fun and his screenplay work on The Adventures of Tintin made Tintin a fun and vibrant movie. I'm sure he can handle Masters of the Universe.
The way I see it, Masters of the Universe needs to be along the line of The Lord of the Ring meets Ralph Bakshi's Fire & Ice animated movie from the 80s. And I think Joe Cornish is the right man. Attack the Block was fun and his screenplay work on The Adventures of Tintin made Tintin a fun and vibrant movie. I'm sure he can handle Masters of the Universe.
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9:05PM on 01/10/2014
Yep, something Frazetta-esque with a nod to the silliness and nostalgia of the cartoon, but not too much. And yes, child-friendly to an extent to sell the toys.
Yep, something Frazetta-esque with a nod to the silliness and nostalgia of the cartoon, but not too much. And yes, child-friendly to an extent to sell the toys.
9:07PM on 01/10/2014
Of course, it shouldn't be too bloody and I think The Lord of the Ring is a good framework for Fantasy-esque adventures like He-Man.
Of course, it shouldn't be too bloody and I think The Lord of the Ring is a good framework for Fantasy-esque adventures like He-Man.
9:20PM on 01/10/2014
Yeah, I agree as well, a "Lord of the Rings" feel could definitely work for "He Man" and Eternia.
Yeah, I agree as well, a "Lord of the Rings" feel could definitely work for "He Man" and Eternia.
11:43AM on 01/11/2014
You hit the nail right on the head.
You hit the nail right on the head.
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8:24PM on 01/10/2014
As an Eighties baby I would LOVE a new He Man film(s) with technology they have now. Just thinking of seeing Orko floating around geeks me out so much. haha. That said, I would hope it was done correctly, less "GI JOE" more on the level of thought and time put into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am a big fan of the rumors of Joe Cornish or Rian Johnson though. I think thats a step in the right direction.
As an Eighties baby I would LOVE a new He Man film(s) with technology they have now. Just thinking of seeing Orko floating around geeks me out so much. haha. That said, I would hope it was done correctly, less "GI JOE" more on the level of thought and time put into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am a big fan of the rumors of Joe Cornish or Rian Johnson though. I think thats a step in the right direction.
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8:02PM on 01/10/2014
One of these things is not like the others
One of these things is not like the others
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7:47PM on 01/10/2014
That's a pretty good shortlist. Rian Johnson or Joe Cornish doing Masters of the Universe? Scarce to believe it.
That's a pretty good shortlist. Rian Johnson or Joe Cornish doing Masters of the Universe? Scarce to believe it.
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