The long gestating He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie is starting to pick up traction again, and The Wrap has revealed Sony’s short list for directors. We’ve got Harald Zwart, known most recently for The Karate Kid reboot, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Pink Panther 2; Mike Cahill, director of Another Earth (a totally out-of-the-box choice and kinda inspired if they go with him); and Chris McKay, who, despite never having directed a feature film before, may be the most obvious choice on this list, having served as editor on The LEGO Movie and also as one of the players behind Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, which means he has plenty of familiarity with He-Man and company. For the longest time GI Joe: Retaliation’s John M. Chu was in contention for the gig, but has since dropped out.
Terry Rossio, who wrote the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and last year’s The Long Ranger is writing the script. A few years back a screenwriter named Justin Marks wrote a Masters of the Universe script that a few people got to read and almost everyone seemed to like, so of course that’s not being made, because Hollywood. Despite living and breathing for the Masters franchise as a kid, I have a hard time seeing how this could work as a movie, despite Thor: The Dark World having its fair share of He-Man-esque moments. Then again, Transformers is one of the biggest franchises of all time, so what do I know? I just wanna cast my vote for Jennifer Lawrence as She-Ra right now. She-Ra’s gonna be in it, right?
HT: The Wrap