The new live action version of Masters of the Universe has been in the works for, like, forever, but now comes news that at least part of it is finally finished.
Originally set to be directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), he left the project earlier this year, and at the same time Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Never Back Down) took over to adapt the already developed script, and there is talk that Wadlow may also direct.
DeVon Franklin, the Senior Vice President of Development at Columbia Pictures, Tweeted the below image confirming that the Masters of the Universe script had been handed in by Wadlow. While there are no story details to share at this stage, fans of the classic 80’s cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will know that the film will no doubt feature the muscle bound hero face off against his arch enemy, the cackling bone head Skeletor.
Personally, I adored the cartoon series, and will happily admit to have at one time owning pretty much all the action figures. However, the abomination that was the 1987 live action movie, starring Dolph Lundgren, deserves to be put to rest once and for all. Me, like many fans the world over, will be wanting a good live action adaptation to do the cartoon series justice, so I will be watching this films development very closely.
Wadlow is a brave man taking on writing this new version, and even braver if he directs. However, I enjoyed Kick-Ass 2, so I guess he does have the skills to pull off something decent, should he choose to direct.
Who knows, the script may not be good enough for Columbia, but at least Masters of the Universe seems to finally be moving forward.
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) January 2, 2015