So we’ve literally been talking about Sony’s attempt to remake Masters of the Universe for a years. Every time we think it’s a dead project, it seems to pop right back up again. The latest news is that, according to The Wrap, Sony is currently in talks to get David Goyer to direct the movie.
Goyer has written quite a few films, but only directed a handful. His most notable turn in the director’s chair was 2004’s Blade: Trinity… and that was best described as “a thing that happened to us all.” We reported earlier this year that Goyer had been tapped to write a new script for the film, so it makes sense that Sony would consider it.
They need to make a choice soon though if they hope to make the December 2019 release date they’ve bandied about.
Of course, this is all just discussions, and who knows what will come of it. I’m still not sure who this movie is for, as fans of the original He-Man are aging, and unlike other 80s properties (like Transformers) none of the show’s revivals have caught on.
Frankly, the only He-Man remake I ever needed was already done not too long ago in the form of a supermarket commercial. Let’s just all watch that repeatedly instead and call it a day.
One of the most puzzling projects to come out of Hollywood’s obsession with rebooting every bit of IP from the 1980s is the Masters of the Universe remake over at Sony. It’s been brewing for a few years, and honestly I think a small part of me had been hoping that the film would disappear into development hell. I mean, I just honestly can’t think of the market for this sci-fi Conan rip-off. Nostalgic fans have rejected prior remakes, and the casual audience doesn’t remember it as fondly as they did, say, Transformers.
But it’s still coming, and now it has a release date.
It’s being reported that Sony has put Masters of the Universe on their release schedule for December 18, 2019. Of course, even though this is in many ways a step forward for the film, it seems that some vital elements are missing.
McG had been attached to direct the film, but he’s no longer involved in the remake. And while Jeff Wadlow had completed a script for the film in 2015, as David S. Goyer is apparently now writing the film, it’s safe to assume Wadlow’s script has been thrown out. But hey, this thing that no one really wants is still happening.
I wonder if it will fare any better than The Lone Ranger…
We all need some joy in our lives right now, and as you find yourself sitting through the week between Christmas and New Years, you might consider digging into some classic Holiday specials. Nick Izumi thinks so too, which is why he’s decided to give us five reasons to love one of his favorites.
And by that, I of course refer to the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special.
So sit back, make some cocoa, and listen to Nick explain why you should love this classic toy commercial children’s special. Let the commercialism “holiday spirit” warm your hearts, people. Your cold, black cynical hearts.
Look, it’s early days for the Masters of the Universe live action remake, so we don’t know much about the content of the upcoming film. What we do know is that Senior VP of Production at Sony/Columbia Pictures DeVon Franklin tweeted out an image of Battlecat in response to some He-Man tweets.
Is this concept art from the film? No idea. For all we know DeVon Franklin is just a huge He-Man fan and commissioned an artist who normally does images of hyper-realistic Disney princesses.
I mean, sure — concept art is more likely, but I can’t build an entertaining narrative off of that. Anywho, here’s the tweet:
The project was dragged back out again originally with John Chu to direct, but he dropped out when Wadlow was brought on board. The script has been the responsibility of half a dozen writers up to this point, and who knows whose work remains in the current draft.
Do we really need a Masters of the Universe reboot? Probably not. Honestly, the target demo is aging (and seemingly uninterested in a sci-fi Conan rip-off) and every other attempt to bring it back has failed miserably.