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In some ways, The Lone Ranger has been dead on arrival since 2011, when the denizens of the Internet (including yours truly, though I wish I could say differently) roused in delight at the news that Walt Disney Pictures was putting the film on hold so the production could get a better handle on a bloated budget that was close to approaching $300 million. Thus began a freefall that has not stopped for a movie that performed so poorly for the Walt Disney Company that it severed ties with once-legendary super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. A deal that stretched back to the mid-1990s is now defunct, outside of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, all because Johnny Depp had to wear a bird on the top of his head as he played Tonto to Armie Hammer’s masked hero of legend and lore.
Ok, I’m being glib. Though Depp’s headwear »
- Josh Spiegel
The fact that Neil Gaiman's Sandman hasn't already been adapted into a feature film yet is baffling. However, for fans of the now legendary comic book series, we may be one step nearer to a cinematic adaptation. According to Badass Digest, Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman scribe David S. Goyer reportedly pitching the idea to Warner Bros. with a view to casting Joseph Gordon Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Don Jon) in the lead role as Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
There have been several attempts to bring the DC Comics series to the screen over the years, with Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avery attached to direct in the mid 90s, working from a script by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), while James Mangold (The Wolverine) unsuccessfully pitched a television series to HBO and Warner Bros Television attached Supernatural creator Eric Kripke »
- Gary Collinson
Neil Gaiman's classic comic book series Sandman may be heading to the big screen with screenwriter David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sources indicate that the Man of Steel writer recently pitched his take on Sandman to Warner Bros., with DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns reportedly receptive to his version.
While there are questions about whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved as an actor or possibly a producer or director, it is believed that he is being eyed to play Morpheus, who represents Dreams in a family known as The Endless, comprised of siblings who represent other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. The first story line in the comic book follows Morpheus being kidnapped by a magician.
The comic book debuted in 1989, running for 75 issues before being sold as a 10-volume trade paperback and five-volume hardcover graphic novel editions. To this day, Sandman »
Hollywood is now rife with cinematic re-tellings of those things that made childhood in the 1980s great. As grown ups, we can revel in watching Transformers, G.I. Joe and the A-Team (Smurfs too, but I digress…) on big screens backed by equally big budgets. What then happens when modern culture lauds the popularity of the Reagan era at the same time we see a proliferation of super hero flicks? Which intellectual property straddles both of these cash cow genres with ease?
Look no further than the distant planet of Eternia and its humble Prince Adam. In 1987, Golan-Globus attempted to bring He-Man to the silver screen with Dolph Lungren as the titular hero. This was met with the same success as the first attempt to bring The Punisher to the silver screen with…Dolph Lungren as The Punisher.
I’ll spare the sordid details of the failed attempts to get »
- George J. Rutherford
Ah, this is my youth. Afternoons with He-Man and She-ra were a big part of my childhood, and probably like most people in my generation, we are both excited and cautious for the He-man movie Masters of the Universe.
It has gone from Mattel toyline to afternoon cartoon, comic series, and yes it was made into a live action (80s-licious) movie with Dolph Lundgren (He-Man), Frank Langella (Skeletor) and Courtney Cox (Julie Winston). It is set to be adapted for a second time and this go round will add a Pirates of the Caribbean writer.
Having worked as a writer for all of the Pirates movies, Terry Rossio is ready to put some work in on planet Eternia and defending castle Grayskull from Skeletor for Columbia Pictures. This according to THR. Masters of the Universe is on the hunt for a director as Jon M. Chu is no longer involved. »
- Jess Orso
"Masters Of The Universe 3D", will follow Prince Adam, the son of 'King Randor' of the planet 'Eternia'. When the King is overthrown by his trusted advisor 'Skeletor', Prince Adam is cast off to the wastelands of the planet along with his sister 'Adora', his mentor 'Duncan' and childhood friend 'Teela'.
Together they encounter the 'Sorceress' who shows them the power of 'Castle Greyskull', the mystical center of the planet. With the 'Sword of Power', Adam will become 'He-Man', 'Master of the Universe'.
'He-Man' was originally conceived as a series of Mattel action figures, starting production in 1981 and marketed in 1982.
The toys spun-off into a 130-episode syndicated cartoon series.
This was followed by a Marvel Comics series and a feature film, »
- Michael Stevens
By Charles Webb
Nearly a year and a half after coming on board as director for Columbia's long-in-development "Masters of the Universe" film, director Jon Chu is now off the project, according to THR. Chu's departure represents the loss of one of the film's biggest cheerleaders, even if the public reaction to Chu helming the project hasn't exactly been positive.
While Columbia hasn't yet announced a replacement, writer Terry Rossio is on board to work on the script. Rossio and screenwriting partner Ted Elliot have been around for a while, working on the first four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films together at Disney and being pretty much inseparable since they began working together on the Howie Mandel kid's movie "Little Monsters."
Their filmography has a couple of winners in it: "Little Monsters" was maybe a little too weird and dark for kids, but it was an interesting experiment, and I »
- MTV Movies Team
Last July it seemed that the long-rumoured live-action reboot Masters of the Universe might finally be on its way to the screen, with Sony Pictures and Escape Artists tapping Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to direct He-Man's second big screen adventure.
However the project now looks to have hit yet another stumbling block, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Chu - who is currently prepping G.I. Joe 3 - is now no longer attached to direct, while Terry Rossio, co-writer of Disney's big-budget flop The Lone Ranger along with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, has been brought in to rewrite the script for the film.
Rossio becomes the latest screenwriter to work on the script for the Masters of the Universe reboot, with the project having already passed across the desk of Alex Litvak (The Three Musketeers) and Mike Finch (Exclusively Yours) - under the working title »
- Gary Collinson
Despite Columbia toying with its Masters Of The Universe for over six years now, after which one hoped Columbia might begin to develop an interest in girls, the studio instead remains thoroughly attached to its He-Man movie. However, onetime director Jon M. Chu no longer wants to play, preferring his next G.I. Joe movie and even possibly the third Star Trek film—big-boy franchises that have guns and spaceships, not swords like babies like. So the studio will just find someone else who likes He-Man, beginning with hiring Terry Rossio to make up a whole new story for its »
Fast & Furious 7: Director James Wan happily shared a photo of the vehicle that will be driven by a villain in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7, with the caption: "my villain drives a nice set of wheels. #astonmartin." That villain in question appears to be Jason Statham, which would make the choice of an Aston Martin -- the favored automobile of secret agent James Bond -- deliciously ironic. The movie is due out on July 11, 2014. [Coming Soon] Masters of the Universe: Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), who was attached to direct a big-screen version of Masters of the Universe last year, has now dropped out of the project. Meanwhile, Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, the Pirates of the Caribbean series) has been hired to write a new draft of the script, which has been...
- Peter Martin
This was probably expected — Jon Chu is officially off Columbia’s planned reboot of the “Masters of the Universe” franchise. The man behind the “Step Up” films (barf) and recently, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (meh) was previously attached to a third installment of the “G.I. Joe” franchise, which made his participation in “Universe” unlikely. It looks like that’s now official. So sorry, fans of Jon Chu. Though if you like your movies good, then this is probably good news, since Chu has not exactly grasped the concept of storytelling and logical plot progression yet, if all those “Step Up” movies and “Retaliation” are any indication. No, Jon Chu, these are not music videos! Things actually do have to make Some sense, man! Ahem. Let’s face it, Prince Adam’s continued adventures can only benefit from Chu’s absence. Meanwhile, though the film has lost a director, it’s »
Art by Dave Rapoza
The big screen adaptation of Masters of the Universe is taking a bad step forward and a good step back. Paramount Pictures has hired The Lone Ranger co-writer Terry Rossio to write the script for the movie. The Lone Ranger had a pretty weak script, so that doesn't spark any kind of confidence for me whatsoever. The good news is that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director John M. Chu is no longer attached to the project as a director. I don't think he's a very good director even though he is a fan of the series.
According to THR the new film will be set on Eternia, just like the mythology of the toys and classic 1980s cartoon series. I'm sure you all remember the 1987 Dolph Lundgren film. Well, this new movie has got to be better than that! Don't get me wrong, I love the original film for nostalgic purposes, »
- Joey Paur
The Hollywood Reporter did not state the reasons re-starting the project. Hopefully, this is for the better.
- Gig Patta
He has the power. Terry Rossio, one of the co-writers of Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, The Lone Ranger and The original Pirates of the Caribbean (among many other films) has been tasked to produce a new screenplay for the upcoming Masters of the Universe remake. After ditching a screenplay they had previously commissioned, both Sony and the film’s producers appear to want the movie in a different direction but quite what that might be, who knows? »
News Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:54
The timing of the 1987 Masters Of The Universe was a bit unfortunate, in that Dolph Lundgren's big-screen incarnation of the rippling, sword-wielding He-Man showed up just as interest in Mattel's once popular toy line began to dwindle.
More than a quarter of a century later, Columbia is making a concerted effort to bring He-Man back for a new generation, with news of a reboot appearing over the past couple of years. The last we heard, director Jon M Chu - of G.I. Joe: Retaliation fame - was set to oversee it all, but a new story from the Hollywood Reporter suggests that he's no longer attached.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Fans have had a long wait to see Masters of the Universe back on the big screen. The franchise – perhaps best known for the 1980s animated series of the same name – has tried for years to get a new film off the ground, as the series’ last cinematic representation was the 1987 box office flop starring Dolph Lundgren. However, the road to production has been fraught with obstacles.
Early on, the project was to be titled Grayskull (after the kingdom He-Man fights for) with Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson in the director’s chair. However, that version of the project fell apart when Sony acquired the film, and director Click to continue reading ‘Masters of the Universe’ Reboot: Director Jon M. Chu Out, Writer Terry Rossio In
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Your childhood dreams are one step closer to being slapped around and humiliated for a second time as Masters of the Universe claws its way back out of development hell. The film, which was previous titled Greyskull and had G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu attached to it, has been unceremoniously resurrected after a period of everyone just quietly hoping it had gone away and would never come back.
The title has changed, though, and Chu is no longer pacing nervously around the director’s chair. This time the name on everyone’s lips is Terry Rossio, who co-wrote this past summer’s most spectacular flop, Lone Ranger, and is now ready to put his skills to work writing an answer to the question “How could they possibly make a He-Man movie better than the 1987 smash hit starring Dolph Lundren?”
Yes, Masters of the Universe has made its way »
- Jeremy Clymer
The power of Grayskull is switching hands. While G.I. Joe franchise director Jon M. Chu has been slated to bring Masters of the Universe to the big screen for Columbia Pictures for awhile now, it appears that another director will have to take the job. Despite the director offering an update last fall, THR has word that Chu is no longer attached to direct the film which was once going by the title Grayskull, and a new writer is being brought in to take on the script. That writer is Terry Rossio, one half of the duo who scripted all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and Disney's extremely less impressive The Lone Ranger. Last October, Chu said they were still working on cracking the story for Masters of the Universe, and it sounds like it might have been too difficult to sort out. As of now, the only »
- Ethan Anderton
With "G.I. Joe 3" in the mix and rumors of "Star Trek 3" as well, it would appear that director Jon M. Chu had one blockbuster too many on his plate. So, sorry He-Man fans, you'll have to wait a bit longer for your movie. THR reports that while "Masters of the Universe" has landed yet another writer to try and get a script in order—this time Terry Rossio ("The Lone Ranger" and every "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie)—it will be moving on without Chu. No reason has been given for his departure, though perhaps he woke up one morning and realized he was attached to direct "Masters of the Universe" and came to his senses. In other director news: Deadline reports that "Parkland" helmer Peter Landesman has been slated to direct "Down By the River," an adaptation of the non-fiction book by Charles Bowden. Landesman will also »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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