There has long been a rumor that a reboot of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise is in the works. The film has been stuck in development hell for a few years. Earlier this year news came that director McG (Terminator: Salvation, Charlie’s Angels) was being courted to helm the picture, but nothing since has surfaced.
In a recent interview with McG, IGN brought up the project and the director offered an update on the status of the film:
It’s a very exciting moment for Masters of the Universe. We have a big meeting with Sony regarding prep of the movie on Wednesday. And we’re in the middle of a bit of a script polish, and it’s my absolute passion. I’m laser-focused on that being my next film. But I mean, you know how it works in contemporary filmmaking. You really, really have to earn the good will of the parent studio, and Tom Rothman runs a tight ship at Sony, and we’re going to get there. I’m so happy to report that to the fans.
This is great news for fans of the franchise, who have screamed for a reboot for decades. McG was then asked how he will approach the source material, and he said:
I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost. We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right.
Listen, I love that movie with Frank [Langella] and Dolph [Lundgren]. I watch it, and it’s a tremendous pleasure for me to watch. I’m raised on the toys, and I’m down at Mattel all the time. We’re just really focused on getting it right. I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we’re all cognizant of what’s going on with Game of Thrones. It’s incredible. We’re cognizant of what’s going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn’s doing a great job. We’re going to try to answer the call and take it higher.
McG must be a true fan of the franchise if he can proudly say that he loves the Dolph Lindgren movie. It is one of the worst films of the last 35 years. Either way, a new approach to the franchise on the big screen could be what reinvigorates He-Man. It is an interesting mythology to adapt.
Are you excited to see He-Man return to the big screen?
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