‘Masters of the Universe’ is Now Circling Three Directors
Sony recently admitted they need franchises as they're plotting to pump out a new 'Spider-Man' movie every year. It seems another possible franchise for the studio is a big screen adaptation of 'Masters of the Universe,' and now that Jon M. Chu is off the project, they've narrowed their list to three filmmakers who could bring us the adventures of Prince Adam and his alter ego He-Man.
The Wrap is reporting that Mike Cahill, Chris McKay and Harald Zwart are the three directors who are most likely to get the gig. Zwart is the most successful of the three as he has been working in the studio system for a while (and mostly for Sony) with films like 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' and 'The Karate Kid' remake. He comes across as the safest choice.
Less safe would be Mike Cahill, who has made two films that have premiered at Sundance: 2011's 'Another Earth' and this year's 'I Origins.' He seems like an outside-the-box choice, and it would be odd for him to go from indie auteur to a tentpole filmmaker on a franchise like this (though he wouldn't be the first), but perhaps he's passionate about the project. The Wrap suggests that the studio is most hot for Chris McKay, who has been a director on 'Robot Chicken' and recently edited 'The LEGO Movie.' He's the one most likely to bring a comic touch to the proceedings, but it's hard to know what approach the studio is going for as Terry Rossio (recently of 'The Lone Ranger' but is best known for his work on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films) wrote the current draft. The good news for whoever gets it: The bar was set low by the 1987 film version.