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Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe has lined up a new list of directors.
The reboot of the Mattel adaptation is once again gathering pace, according to The Wrap and Variety's Justin Kroll.
Among the listed contenders are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot).
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
A host of other directors have previously been rumoured for the film, including Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).
Here's another one of those "list of possible directors" stories which, like Dr Strange last week, may not be of great substance in itself, but does indicate that a project is gaining traction at a studio. The studio in question this time is Sony, and the film is the looooong-in-development Masters Of The Universe.According to The Wrap's sources, Sony, production company Escape Artists and much-involved right owners Mattel have been having meetings with an intriguingly eclectic range of filmmakers.Harald Zwart is the first name out of the hat. Clearly a popular name at Sony/Columbia, he directed the Karate Kid remake to the tune of $359m in international box office. He had less success recently with The Mortal Instruments, but still proved he could handle a big budget and a mighty FX load. He-Man will certainly be commanding both.Also in contention is Chris McKay, who hasn't directed »
For better or worse, turning your favorite childhood memories into big-budget blockbusters is all the rage in Hollywood these days and the next beloved property on the chopping block is Masters of the Universe. Sony is trying hard to put the mediocre 1987 film behind them and reboot the franchise but it has proven to be rather difficult.
Back in November, G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu dropped out to go work on G.I. Joe 3 and the script immediately underwent another rewrite, this time from The Lone Ranger scribe Terry Rossio. The film still seems to be moving forward, however, as we just got word that five directors are on the shortlist to helm the project.
The shortlist is as follows:
- James Garcia
To my recollection Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was the last name attached to direct Masters of the Universe for Columbia Pictures. I'm not sure when exactly he dropped out of the picture, but the studio is looking around once again as Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) has finished a new draft of the screenplay. The names apparently in contention include Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken"), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2). Masters of the Universe began in the 1980s as a toy line at Mattel. It would eventually spawn comics, a cartoon series and a live-action movie in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren. The generic narrative centers on He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero and battles the forces of evil led by Skeletor. Looking at the list of names above, none »
- Brad Brevet
Robot Chicken and DC Comics are teaming up again and it's front-page news — literally. The comic book publisher is producing variant covers for 22 of its March issues to celebrate Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, the second edition of the Adult Swim hit's parody of the DC Universe.
The first special, which aired in 2012, showcased DC's super friends — including Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman — in Robot Chicken's trademark stop-motion style and irreverent humor. The second chapter, subtitled "Villains in Paradise," premieres this spring and puts the spotlight on the Legion of Doom, including Lex Luthor, the Joker and Catwoman. Robot Chicken creators and Stoopid Buddy Stoodio's co-founders Seth Green and Matthew Senreich worked with Geoff Johns, DC's chief creative officer, on both episodes.
Last time around, DC offered a special variant cover to its Aquaman comic. To celebrated "Villains in Paradise" they are producing 22 special versions, some of them delightfully disturbing. »
- Matt MacNabb
Chud James Franco to direct a film based on the making of bad movie everyone obsesses over which I haven't seen The Room. You guys, I can't even with Franco's lack of focus. I mean I don't dislike him. I think he's interesting but he is way too scattered.
In Contention on Santa Barbara's Robert Redford tribute
Guardian Valentino makes a gauche error, pimping the fact that Amy Adams carried a Valentino bag to Psh's funeral stating they didn't know it was a funeral photo. Um, everyone is in black and they look abso-depressed
Awards Daily a BAFTA members »
- NATHANIEL R
As Hollywood has increasingly turned to eyebrow-raising sources for feature films in recent years (Grumpy Cat, anyone?), it seemed like the latest flick to be centered around a popular product, "The Lego Movie," would be yet another lazy attempt at making money by a greedy studio. But, as it turns out, "The Lego Movie" is pretty great -- though one of its co-animation directors, Chris McKay, doesn't begrudge anyone for having doubts about the film's quality.
In an interview with Esquire, McKay said that when he first explained the idea for the film, friends were skeptical.
"When I told people I was working on 'The Lego Movie,' they were like, 'That's the sh*ttiest idea I've ever heard of.' They thought it was like 'Battleship,' and I don't blame them," McKay told the magazine's Culture Blog.
McKay added that that opinion also briefly seeped into Warner Bros.'s psyche, »
- Katie Roberts
The colorful creative culture at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios includes a room filled with classic arcade games, an office housed in an Airstream that was rolled into its production space, and lots of toys. Best known as the studio behind Robot Chicken, the stop-motion sketch comedy series that airs as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, the unconventional Burbank-based animation studio was founded by the close-knit team of Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV. On a recent tour of the studio, the team provided a sneak peak at some of their plans for the upcoming season,
- Carolyn Giardina
Katee Sackhoff has reached true action star status! The actress won over the geek community with her role as fearless pilot Starbuck in "Battlestar Galactica." Since then, she's continued to charm her fans with her work on "24," "Nip/Tuck," "Robot Chicken" and her recent series on A&E, "Longmire." Sackhoff is now moving into feature film roles, including "Riddick," where she stars as another weapon-wielding badass opposite Vin Diesel. toofab's Rachel Hoffman caught up with Katee to get the scoop on everything from comic book movie roles to stripping down for her Acting Outlaws calendar. Your character in "Riddick" is pretty tough -- how did you prepare for the role?Katee: Physically, I wanted to add some weight to my body. Every time I heard they had cast another guy, they turned out to be massive. I knew the only way that Dahl would be believable – for people to believe »
- tooFab Staff
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