Despite the fact that GI Joe: Retaliation was delayed almost a full year, and it was a pretty terrible film, it was a hit at the box office and with merchandise. As we all know in Hollywood, money = sequels. With that, director Jon M. Chu is going to be back at the helm for a 3rd film. Besides going back to teach us what makes up both parts of the battle, he’s also going to be involved with the Masters of the Universe reboot. Here’s what he had to say in a recent interview:
“I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in Joe and knowing that Masters has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for Masters of the Universe is what really hooked me,” he says. “I love Masters of the Universe, but I didn’t know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,’ and it got me really, really excited. We’re still working on that one and Joe has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we’re rushing to get that done and Dwayne [Johnson] has a certain time period so it may end up that Joe goes first in all those things and I don’t know if Masters of the Universe will wait for me or where that’s going to end up. But right now it’s been great. We’ve been designing a ton of stuff for Masters of the Universe as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world — that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s everything you want Masters of the Universe to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we’re doing in the initial visual concepts that we’ve been making.”
I’m interested to see what’s done with another live-action He-Man film. It’s a big, strange universe that would require things that I don’t think Hollywood is capable of. Lest we remember when they tried it in the 80’s? Either way, should be interesting.