Action director McG is reportedly in talks to helm a live-action reboot of He-Man: Masters of the Universe, currently in development at Sony Pictures.
The project is apparently in “high gear,” according to Deadline, and McG’s trademark style of wild action would arguably be a good fit for the franchise. McG built his reputation as a stylized filmmaker with his take on Charlie’s Angels and its subsequent sequel in the early 2000s, and has gone on to direct some decent television — including the pilots for Chuck, Fastlane and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.
The live-action reboot has been in various stages of development since 2009, and would give the character a new lease on life, in the wake of the cult hit (but largely awful) 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren. Of course, the franchise started out with Mattel toys and a successful animated series, which ran from 1983 until 1985. A 2002 animated revival was also created for Cartoon Network, though it failed to find the original’s success.
With the right approach, He-Man obviously has the potential to be a big, fun fantasy property. The studio apparently sees the project as having Transformers-level potential, as far as a franchise property, and McG is arguably the closest thing you can get to Michael Bay without literally blowing some crap up.
What do you think? Is he the right man to bring Masters of the Universe back to life?