So, uh, who’s excited about a Masters of the Universe movie? And I don’t mean the 1987, Dolph Lundgren-starring version by Gary Goddard.
Well let me introduce you to Jon Chu, director of a couple of Step Up movies, the Justin Bieber doc, and the stalled G.I. Joe sequel Retaliation. He’s the one who’s been put in charge of crafting a He-Man movie that isn’t going to suck and accumulate kitsch points over the next couple of decades. While talking to Celebuzz, Chu discussed his reasons for signing on to make a He-Man movie, and the surprising reaction he had to the pitch:
I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical, I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a MOTU movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone, got me excited to see what we could do with the property.
I take it that Chu meant a deeper emotional reaction than, “The is awesome!” Or maybe that is what he meant, except that he added, “I think the characters are so grounded and layered.” Wait, is he talking about He-Man?
I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we’re just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth.
Of course, the last time somebody played with the characters and tried new things, we had a He-Man movie set on Earth, a couple of teenage sidekicks and Billy Barty as Orco sub Gwildor. Your move, Chu.