Director Jon M. Chu is hard at work on both the G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel and the long-in-development-hell Masters of the Universe movie. While the former depends on The Rock's schedule, and the latter depends on when G.I. Joe 3 films, Chu is determined to make sure He-Man returns to movie theaters.
Chu talked to SuperheroHype about MotU:
"I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in 'Joe' and knowing that 'Masters' has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for 'Masters of the Universe' is what really hooked me," he said about the project. "I love 'Masters of the Universe,' but I didn't know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,' and it got me really really excited. We're still working on that one and 'Joe' has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we're rushing to get that done and Dwayne has a certain time period so it may end up that 'Joe' goes first in all those things and I don't know if 'Masters of the Universe' will wait for me or where that's going to end up. But right now it's been great. We've been designing a ton of stuff for 'Masters of the Universe' as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world - that's the best way I can describe it. It's everything you want 'Masters of the Universe' to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we're doing in the initial visual concepts that we've been making."
Personally, as a hardcore He-Man fan, I would be perfectly fine if a Masters of the Universe movie never gets made — partially because I think it's such a tricky concept to do accurately on screen, but mostly because I'm insane and unless the movie exactly matches the very specific ideal of Masters of the Universe I have in my head I'll be in complete agony. I'm not proud of this. I'm just saying.
Completely awesome Masters of the Universe art by Nebezial. Check out more of his work here!