Sounds like McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is a nod away from getting the money to turn his vision of a Masters Of The Universe into reality. And if he does, it’ll be an origin movie for He-Man, that will take its stylistic lead from the Marvel movies.
Speaking to IGN, McG says, “It’s a very exciting moment for Masters Of The Universe. We have a big meeting with Sony regarding prep of the movie on Wednesday. And we’re in the middle of a bit of a script polish, and it’s my absolute passion. I’m laser-focused on that being my next film. But I mean, you know how it works in contemporary filmmaking. You really, really have to earn the good will of the parent studio, and Tom Rothman runs a tight ship at Sony, and we’re going to get there. I’m so happy to report that to the fans.”
The 1987 film cut costs by moving the action from Eternia (where the cartoon series took place) to Earth. But McG assures IGN that this time the film will be primarily set on Eternia.
“I think we want to honour the fan base, first and foremost. We also need to be cognisant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right. I’m raised on the toys, and I’m down at Mattel all the time. We’re just really focused on getting it right. I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we’re all cognisant of what’s going on with Game Of Thrones. It’s incredible. We’re cognisant of what’s going on in Guardians Of The Galaxy. James Gunn’s doing a great job. We’re going to try to answer the call and take it higher.”