As a kid growing up in the 1980s, animated TV shows like G.I. Joe, The Transformers, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were my after-school guilty pleasures. These toy-based, action-adventures were super silly, even by my lowly pre-teen standards.
Cannon Films optioned Masters of the Universe (LRM is not responsible for any pain this may cause you) and made a live-action movie version, starring Dolph Lundgren, in 1987 — it was awful by any standard and only grossed a paltry $17 million. Sony now holds the license, and they’ve been trying to reboot it for years, bless their hearts.
David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) has been hired to co-write and direct the reboot, and according to OmegaUnderground, it goes before cameras this April. If your expectations for a Masters of the Universe remake (likely without Dolph Lundgren) are low, maybe it’s because Goyer’s directing record is not awesome (Blade Trinity, The Unborn); although, he’s certainly a much more accomplished writer (The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman). Sony’s choice for the other co-writer, Lindsey Beer, is also very intriguing.
Beer is a young writer with some interesting credits: Godzilla vs. Kong, Chaos Walking, Transformers 5, and she’s also a member of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek writer’s room. Her name is also attached her to several other new projects, including Barbie, an adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle, and Dungeons & Dragons. She’s clearly a fan of geeky subject-matter, and it’s interesting to see what emerges from her collaboration with Goyer.
The upcoming production is rumored to be shooting in Europe, but little else is known about the film, including its storyline or cast. Don’t worry, as soon as we hear something, you will too!
Are you excited to learn that a new Masters of the Universe movie is becoming a reality? Let us know in the comments down below!
Masters of the Universe hits theaters on December 18, 2019.
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