For various reasons, Masters of the Universe has long remained in development hell for many years. Directors have shown interest, only to jump ship moments later. This includes names such as Kung Fu Panda’s John Stevenson, and even Face/Off and Hard Boiled director John Woo.
Recently, John Chu– who recently directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation— came aboard the project, claiming the script exceeded his expectations and made him a believer for the project. Whatever his thoughts were then, something in the atmosphere has changed, because John Chu is off the project, and a new screenwriter has been hired for the movie.
THR says John Chu has left Masters of the Universe for unknown reasons, and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lone Ranger) has been brought in to pen the screenplay. What is also not yet known, is whether or not Rossio is reworking the original screenplay Chu loved so much, or if he’s drafting a new vision altogether. Time will tell, but at this point don’t expect a He-Man reboot anytime soon.
The question I’m asking is why are they wasting time and resources to make this movie? Do people actually want a reboot of Masters of the Universe? I never realized young audiences had so much love for He-Man still. Seriously, does anyone under the age of 15 even know about “the power of Grayskull?”