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The Lone Ranger writer Terry Rossio hired to script Masters of the Universe, Jon Chu out as director

10.07.2013

Jon M. Chu's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE reboot has gotten another push in the right direction with the hiring of a screenwriter to update the previous draft, titled GREYSKULL. The man hired for the writing duties is none other than Terry Rossio. Okay, maybe this isn't a nudge in the right direction rather than a direction. Rossio is best known for writing all of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies as well as the Antonio Banderas ZORRO movies. Those were all written with partner Ted Elliott.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE has been developing for years and received a major push after the success of both TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE at the box office. A big screen He-Man hasn't been seen since the cult classic starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. This newest version has had ups and downs but no real progress. When Chu's G.I. JOE: RETALIATION did surprisingly well at the box office, Columbia ramped up their efforts.

I loved MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE as a kid and while the movie didn't keep the original story in mind, I still had a lot of fun with it. The make-up effects on Skeletor were fantastic even if the entire movie played like a cheap STAR WARS rip-off. I don't think Chu is quite the director to bring us the He-man we have been waiting for, but I was willing to give him a chance. Now, it appears he is off the movie entirely without any explanation. This gives me hope that they will bring someone in who has the vision and scope to truly make a kick-ass MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE movie. My only requirement: keep the movie on Eternia!

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4:45PM on 10/08/2013
I'd love for them to do a King Greyskull origin as well. That was a fantastic episode from the 2000 cartoon. Also I liked that Prince Adam looked far different than He-man. Far more believable than the 80's version. As far as Earth goes, if you want Marlena's crew to go in to space and her be the only survivour and land on Eternia, I am okay with that, but that is ALL the Earth I want to see.
And Battlecat. We need Battlecat and Orko this time around. Gwildor is no Orko.
I'd love for them to do a King Greyskull origin as well. That was a fantastic episode from the 2000 cartoon. Also I liked that Prince Adam looked far different than He-man. Far more believable than the 80's version. As far as Earth goes, if you want Marlena's crew to go in to space and her be the only survivour and land on Eternia, I am okay with that, but that is ALL the Earth I want to see.
And Battlecat. We need Battlecat and Orko this time around. Gwildor is no Orko.
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11:15AM on 10/08/2013

By The Power of Greyskull!!!!

I am just impressed at how much some of you guys below know about He-Man...
I am just impressed at how much some of you guys below know about He-Man...
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9:42AM on 10/08/2013

Worst writer out there... Expect a lot of sight gags and no sense of danger.

This is already sounds horrible. At least the first movie was hokey and so bad its good. This just sounds nonredeemable. If it is so bad John Chu dropped out, then we are in trouble. I bet my left leg that he would have kept it in Eternia and they argued with him and wanted it to take place on Earth.
This is already sounds horrible. At least the first movie was hokey and so bad its good. This just sounds nonredeemable. If it is so bad John Chu dropped out, then we are in trouble. I bet my left leg that he would have kept it in Eternia and they argued with him and wanted it to take place on Earth.
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8:58AM on 10/08/2013
Staring Johnny Depp as Orko. This movie will probably suck, but we will all put down $10 to go see it because of our childhood. It's sort of like slowing down to look at a car wreck. You have no real desire to see a dead body, but you have a morbid curiosity.
Staring Johnny Depp as Orko. This movie will probably suck, but we will all put down $10 to go see it because of our childhood. It's sort of like slowing down to look at a car wreck. You have no real desire to see a dead body, but you have a morbid curiosity.
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8:36AM on 10/08/2013
Someone wrote the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Seems unlikely, but I'll buy it.
Regarding He-Man, just get Skeletor right and it'll at least be entertaining - he's one of my favourite childhood villains.
Someone wrote the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Seems unlikely, but I'll buy it.
Regarding He-Man, just get Skeletor right and it'll at least be entertaining - he's one of my favourite childhood villains.
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7:43AM on 10/08/2013
Maybe Johnny Depp will play He-Mans tiger
Maybe Johnny Depp will play He-Mans tiger
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3:53AM on 10/08/2013
nothing can go wrong!
nothing can go wrong!
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10:25PM on 10/07/2013
I vote Olivia Wilde as either Evil-Lyn or Man At Arms' daughter.
I vote Olivia Wilde as either Evil-Lyn or Man At Arms' daughter.
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7:38PM on 10/07/2013
I think Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot make a good writing team; interesting that Rossio will tackle this one solo. I think a MOTU movie could work if it takes something of a more PG-Frazetta-esque tone, with elements of sweeping, involving fantasy cinema, while giving a wink and a nod to its nostalgia-driven heritage every once in a while. Not taken too seriously but just seriously enough that it doesn't become a joke.
I think Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot make a good writing team; interesting that Rossio will tackle this one solo. I think a MOTU movie could work if it takes something of a more PG-Frazetta-esque tone, with elements of sweeping, involving fantasy cinema, while giving a wink and a nod to its nostalgia-driven heritage every once in a while. Not taken too seriously but just seriously enough that it doesn't become a joke.
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7:36PM on 10/07/2013
I agree, no Earth elements at all. Also I say go back to the orgin and keep Prince Adam out of it, always hated that character. or make him someone completely different and not related to He-man at all.
I agree, no Earth elements at all. Also I say go back to the orgin and keep Prince Adam out of it, always hated that character. or make him someone completely different and not related to He-man at all.
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8:42PM on 10/07/2013
The original He-Man character as seen in the original comic that was packaged with the toy - was a barbarian. No Prince Adam at all. That was a conceit of the TV show created shortly afterwards. The toyline came first and then changed to adapt to the show.
The original He-Man character as seen in the original comic that was packaged with the toy - was a barbarian. No Prince Adam at all. That was a conceit of the TV show created shortly afterwards. The toyline came first and then changed to adapt to the show.
1:20PM on 10/08/2013
thats what I said, go back to the original and no Prince Adam.
thats what I said, go back to the original and no Prince Adam.
7:04PM on 10/07/2013
I'm a big fan of the old cartoon series, but I just don't know if its going to translate well as a live action film. It's very delicate because they can't be too much like the cartoon or it'll come across as being very corny, but they can't avoid the familiarities too much either. I wish all involved the best of luck and I will just wait and see.
I'm a big fan of the old cartoon series, but I just don't know if its going to translate well as a live action film. It's very delicate because they can't be too much like the cartoon or it'll come across as being very corny, but they can't avoid the familiarities too much either. I wish all involved the best of luck and I will just wait and see.
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