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Why the 'Masters of the Universe' reboot may have finally found the perfect director

22 January 2016 2:08 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Needless to say, Masters of the Universe isn't exactly high art. The long-defunct Mattel franchise -- which began as a toy line first before being spun off into a popular Saturday morning cartoon series in the 1980s -- was a silly diversion for the under-10 set that was perfectly suited to being served up with heavy doses of sugary breakfast cereal. And yet so was Transformers, which didn't keep it from being turned into a multi-billion-dollar live-action film franchise that cut across demographic barriers. Still, it hasn't been quite so easy for He-Man -- Masters' blond-locked, impossibly-muscled central hero -- on the big screen. The first effort at a live-action film, 1987's Masters of the Universe, was beset by numerous production problems, a lead actor who could barely deliver dialogue, and ridiculous contractual stipulations from Mattel that inadvertently led to charges of Star Wars copycatism. While it certainly had its charms, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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McG in Talks to Direct ‘Masters of the Universe’ Reboot

22 January 2016 9:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

McG is in talks to direct Sony’s live-action reboot of “Masters of the Universe,” based on the Mattel toyline.

The director made his feature debut in 2000 at Sony with “Charlie’s Angels” and followed that with 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

The animated “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” series ran from 1983 to 1985. Cannon Films produced 1987’s “Masters of the Universe,” starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as the villain Skeletor. The movie did not perform well, grossing a mere $17 million.

Set on the planet of Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man.

Escape ArtistsTodd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing “Masters of the Universe.” Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the most recent script. Previous drafts have been penned by Christopher Yost and the team of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow. »

- Dave McNary

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