March 28, 2013
Director Jon Chu Gives Update On MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
While G.I. Joe: Retaliation is about to overshadow the first film with expected big worldwide box office numbers this weekend. It's director Jon Chu should take some pride in the fact a lot of fans are rallying around the more "faithful" film. Next he'll be tackling another 80's toy/cartoon property with a reboot of Masters of The Universe. Chu gives IGN a brief update on the project which has a script from Alex Litvak (Predators) was picked up by Sony when Warner Bros. gave up on it. There is also talk of having Dolph Lundgren (Expendables 1-2, Universal Soldier Movies) who played the original He-Man come back to do a cameo.
“We’re still early but we’re deep in experimenting. This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we’ve ever wanted to try in [Masters of the Universe] and then we get to throw out all the things that don’t work, which is most of it. [This allows us to know] what our tone is, where we’re going to head with it and it’s a very important phase because it shows [us] the direction we’re going to go in the future. So we’re very early, we don’t know a lot yet other than that we’re playing around and having a lot of fun.”
Jon also spoke with ToplessRobot and gave a little bit more about the remake.
"We're going for slightly more serious, and I wouldn't say "serious" as a dark tone you don't necessarily want He-Man to be in, but it's not campy. We're not going campy. It's sort of an origin story of how He-Man came to be, and to me that gives you a lot of opportunity to create real culture in this world. What is Eternia really like, what are the cultures, what are the languages they're speaking, what are Snake Men, what are Beast Men, what are all these things, and how do they exist in this world? So we're taking a real look at creating life on this planet, on this world, that hopefully will translate. And again, we're in a very early designing phase of it, the script is great, but we're still very early at figuring out exactly how theatrical we go, and how real we go, and how dark we can take it."