Sony Pictures has staked an official claim on December 18, 2019, for its big-budget Masters of the Universe movie, but the project has lost its captain in director McG (Terminator: Salvation, Charlie's Angels).
McG had been linked to the sci-fi fantasy reboot for over a year but has decided to take his talents to other projects, leaving the studio in a tough spot with essentially two years to put a film in the can and market it.
Along with this creative team exodus, the Prince of Darkness himself, David Goyer (Batman v Superman, DaVinci's Demons, The Dark Knight Trilogy) has come on board to possibly remove some inherent campiness and inject a somber dose of his trademark grimdark to the screenplay. Goyer is busy penning the Green Lantern Corps movie for the DC Expanded Universe and has apparently magically added hours to the day to accomplish this next epic endeavor.
This live-action sword and sorcery spectacle, inspired by Mattel's '80s toy line and Filmation's cartoon series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and perhaps to some extent the 1987 Hollywood version starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella, has been in the development pipeline for years.
It's optimistic to see some solid movement in the right direction as it competes with a galaxy of other sci-fi and fantasy releases crowding the calendar for the next ten years.
Are you excited about a new Masters of the Universe flick, and who can you see in the lead roles of Prince Adam and Skeletor?
(Via Coming Soon)