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Which four directors are on the shortlist for Masters of the Universe?

02.26.2014by:

Iím trying to wrap my head around the idea of making a live-action He-Man flick. Sure, they did it back in 1987, but thatís not saying much. It was the 80s. That said, is this a film that will ever transfer well?

I could definitely see an awesomely updated animated version making waves. Thereís tons of great fan art on the web to support that theory. Regardless, theyíve decided to go with a more intense, probably ďedgierĒ version for the big screens.

The biggest issue with production right now is finding a director for MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Jon M. Chu dropped out leaving the studio to search for someone else. Now it looks like there are four directors on the shortlist:

Jeff Wadlow (KICK-ASS 2), Harald Zwart (THE KARATE KID reboot), Chris McKay (editor on THE LEGO MOVIE) and Mike Cahill (ANOTHER EARTH)

Out of the four who is the best choice? Hrmmmm, Cahill. Iím in the minority when it comes to my opinion on KICK-ASS 2. I actually enjoyed it. Wadlow did a nice job. He could be a decent fit for it as well.

There was a more impressive shortlist last month that included the likes of Joe Cornish and Rian Johnson.

Iím just going to keep lobbying for a new animated version. Anyone with me?

Source: The Wrap

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6:22PM on 02/27/2014
Wow, that battle cat pic brought back a ton of memories! Was kinda partial to Panthor myself though. I'd rather see an updated animated version over a live action. Wouldn't mind live action but I don't think general audiences would be game for it. Think it will end up like Conan did(which I liked), which wasn't very good.
Wow, that battle cat pic brought back a ton of memories! Was kinda partial to Panthor myself though. I'd rather see an updated animated version over a live action. Wouldn't mind live action but I don't think general audiences would be game for it. Think it will end up like Conan did(which I liked), which wasn't very good.
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12:24PM on 02/27/2014

is this a film that will ever transfer well?

It depends.

If done properly, the film should look like the illustrations on the toy packages. A mix of Frazetta and Vallejo sword & sorcery mixed with sci-fi.

If they cook the golden goose, it'll look like a Will Farrel comedy ala Land of the Lost.

Get a director who is good at action, not someone who leans towards slapstick.

The 80s cartoon was cheesy, although it had beatifically painted back plates. Eternia should resemble that.

But for a better storyline check out the
It depends.

If done properly, the film should look like the illustrations on the toy packages. A mix of Frazetta and Vallejo sword & sorcery mixed with sci-fi.

If they cook the golden goose, it'll look like a Will Farrel comedy ala Land of the Lost.

Get a director who is good at action, not someone who leans towards slapstick.

The 80s cartoon was cheesy, although it had beatifically painted back plates. Eternia should resemble that.

But for a better storyline check out the 2002 version of Masters of the Universe.

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11:23AM on 02/27/2014
I'd go for the guy who did Thor 2. Directed on Game of Thrones . . .
I'd go for the guy who did Thor 2. Directed on Game of Thrones . . .
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8:58AM on 02/27/2014

Maybe the guy involved with Lego Movie??

Idk, the other directors are VERY unknown and don't have many good films behind them. At least the Lego Movie was a universal success but its different going from animation to live action. Also, I hope this just gets canned. It has the potential to be worse than the 80s movie.
Idk, the other directors are VERY unknown and don't have many good films behind them. At least the Lego Movie was a universal success but its different going from animation to live action. Also, I hope this just gets canned. It has the potential to be worse than the 80s movie.
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7:13AM on 02/27/2014

This was a cheesy cartoon created to sell poorly articulate action figures

I was there, I know. Let's not over think this one. The odds of a movie based on a cartoon based on a merchandising strategy being good is pretty low. Do we really want to drag a talented director's name through the muck? I'd rather see skeletor get the Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law treatment on Adult Swim.

Go ahead - vote down. Then go watch this to remember (or discover) how badass Eternia really is.... [link]
I was there, I know. Let's not over think this one. The odds of a movie based on a cartoon based on a merchandising strategy being good is pretty low. Do we really want to drag a talented director's name through the muck? I'd rather see skeletor get the Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law treatment on Adult Swim.

Go ahead - vote down. Then go watch this to remember (or discover) how badass Eternia really is.... [link]
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11:26AM on 02/27/2014
I hear you, but I think a lot of fans hold onto hope that we could actually get a film based on what we imagined when we played w/ the toys BEFORE the cartoon even came out. With a darker, grittier mood based on the illustrations from the toy packaging, if you can find that online anywhere.

Even as a kid I was let down a bit by the cartoon when it premiered. Watched it religiously, but it was never what I really wanted. Prince Adam, Cringer, & Orko were all crap to me. I just wanted
I hear you, but I think a lot of fans hold onto hope that we could actually get a film based on what we imagined when we played w/ the toys BEFORE the cartoon even came out. With a darker, grittier mood based on the illustrations from the toy packaging, if you can find that online anywhere.

Even as a kid I was let down a bit by the cartoon when it premiered. Watched it religiously, but it was never what I really wanted. Prince Adam, Cringer, & Orko were all crap to me. I just wanted Conan the Barbarian set on some distant planet.
12:33PM on 02/27/2014
See if the 2002 version changes your mind:

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See if the 2002 version changes your mind:

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2:22PM on 02/27/2014
Bigger Boat: I remember the little comics that came with the toys. I also remember that the drawings on the GI Joe packaging made those toys look way cooler than the cartoon. Of course you wanted Conan on a distant planet - because that's what Mattel was trying to rip off and sell to kids. I had fun with my He-Man guys, and I'm not saying a good movie is impossible - but I don't get dying for this to be a top-shelf project. There's enough good stuff out there to worry about something that was
Bigger Boat: I remember the little comics that came with the toys. I also remember that the drawings on the GI Joe packaging made those toys look way cooler than the cartoon. Of course you wanted Conan on a distant planet - because that's what Mattel was trying to rip off and sell to kids. I had fun with my He-Man guys, and I'm not saying a good movie is impossible - but I don't get dying for this to be a top-shelf project. There's enough good stuff out there to worry about something that was conceived as a way for Mattel to compete with Kenner in the toy aisle.

Moat Man: Yeah, no. I was 27 when the 2002 version came out. Who burned off his face? Oh, he burned off his own face? Yeah, sorry - no chills down my spine ;)
7:09PM on 02/27/2014
I was 31 when it came out.

He burned off his own face through his own actions that backfired on him. I don't understand what the problem with this is.

I don't know if it sends chills down my spine, but I do think that the 2002 version did have a much better storyline than the 80s version.

Ultimately though, in the hands of the right director, this could be some very Frazetta/Edgar Rice Burroughs stuff. In the hand of the wrong director, we'll get a Will Farrell comedy.
I was 31 when it came out.

He burned off his own face through his own actions that backfired on him. I don't understand what the problem with this is.

I don't know if it sends chills down my spine, but I do think that the 2002 version did have a much better storyline than the 80s version.

Ultimately though, in the hands of the right director, this could be some very Frazetta/Edgar Rice Burroughs stuff. In the hand of the wrong director, we'll get a Will Farrell comedy.
6:37AM on 02/27/2014
WOW, This is an awful shortlist of directors...I know there are more directors out there , especially ones that can do a far more better job then anybody on the current list. This is a popular franchise that shouldnt be thrown to any director...This franchise already had a "ehhh" movie that in my opinion, did not do the series any justice at all.
WOW, This is an awful shortlist of directors...I know there are more directors out there , especially ones that can do a far more better job then anybody on the current list. This is a popular franchise that shouldnt be thrown to any director...This franchise already had a "ehhh" movie that in my opinion, did not do the series any justice at all.
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5:34AM on 02/27/2014

So...director's the studio can push around?

Director's the studio can push around...
Director's the studio can push around...
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4:14AM on 02/27/2014

Come on Hollywood....

WTF
I'm sorry but these are awful choices for directors. HE-MAN is a franchise that should be carefully thought out and planned. Throwing this to just an 'ok' director is a bad move. I was thrilled that Jon Chu left but now this is their short list!!!? Come on Hollywood... wait for a great director to be available. The 2 that easily pop in my head are Zack Snyder and Alan Taylor. Once I saw Thor (and especially Thor 2) I knew a Masters of the Universe film could easily be made. I
WTF
I'm sorry but these are awful choices for directors. HE-MAN is a franchise that should be carefully thought out and planned. Throwing this to just an 'ok' director is a bad move. I was thrilled that Jon Chu left but now this is their short list!!!? Come on Hollywood... wait for a great director to be available. The 2 that easily pop in my head are Zack Snyder and Alan Taylor. Once I saw Thor (and especially Thor 2) I knew a Masters of the Universe film could easily be made. I thought Alan Taylor knocked it out of the park with Thor 2. It was a perfect mix of fantasy, humor, romance and action. And Zack Snyder has such a great track record with effects and action. Give him a really good script and you've got a hit summer film.
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3:16AM on 02/27/2014
I feel that if they can pull off GOTG, this can be done too. It's just as nuts.
I feel that if they can pull off GOTG, this can be done too. It's just as nuts.
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12:35AM on 02/27/2014

Chris McKay

Chris McKay was not only the editor on The Lego Movie; he was also the animation co-director and animation supervisor. Furthermore, he was a frequent director on Robot Chicken. I suspect that the visual look of The Lego Movie, designed to look stop-motion, was heavily influenced by McKay, and when I saw his name in the credits on the trailer and found out he was involved in Robot Chicken, it all made sense. I think he could carry a visual style to live action, though an animated version
Chris McKay was not only the editor on The Lego Movie; he was also the animation co-director and animation supervisor. Furthermore, he was a frequent director on Robot Chicken. I suspect that the visual look of The Lego Movie, designed to look stop-motion, was heavily influenced by McKay, and when I saw his name in the credits on the trailer and found out he was involved in Robot Chicken, it all made sense. I think he could carry a visual style to live action, though an animated version would be great with him at the helm.

Also, anyone remember seeing the Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on this list? Maybe it was them who suggested Chris McKay.
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2:53AM on 02/27/2014
Maybe the movie could be done with the style of The Lego Movie - all stop motion style with the He-Man action figures.
Maybe the movie could be done with the style of The Lego Movie - all stop motion style with the He-Man action figures.
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10:45PM on 02/26/2014
Ahhhhhhhhhh, I wish they would stop teasing me. I want this movie so so bad, the Eighties baby in me is going nuts. I think He-Man could make for an amazing setting for a trilogy. They just need to find a director who has the right vision. I enjoyed "Kick-Ass 2", so I guess out that current list I would pick Wadlow. But I would have liked Joe Cornish or Rian Johnson(the USC bias in me would have loved Rian!) a lot more.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, I wish they would stop teasing me. I want this movie so so bad, the Eighties baby in me is going nuts. I think He-Man could make for an amazing setting for a trilogy. They just need to find a director who has the right vision. I enjoyed "Kick-Ass 2", so I guess out that current list I would pick Wadlow. But I would have liked Joe Cornish or Rian Johnson(the USC bias in me would have loved Rian!) a lot more.
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