In news that is sure to light up the interwebs one way or another, it appears that McG is allegedly in talks to helm a reboot of perennial 1980’s cartoon favourite Masters Of The Universe. The project has been in development at Sony for years, working it’s way through multiple scripts and writers. Now they are reported to have high hopes for a Transformers-style franchise with the property.
Whilst you can probably hear the groans echoing around fandom at this news and the involvement of McG, it does make a certain amount of sense. The proliferation over the past few years of superheroes, cinematic universes and the sheer amount of dough these franchises haul in has left certain studios without any such properties on their books scrabbling to play catch-up. McG, although disliked and untrusted by many due to his Terminator Salavation (2009) effort and Charlies Angels (2000 & 2003) films, is still seen as a safe pair of hands and more than capable of bringing what Sony wants, on time and on budget.
He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, in case you don’t know, followed Prince Adam, royalty on the planet Eternia and possessor of a magic sword that transforms him into the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man. Together with his able sidekicks, including Battlecat, he fights the evil Skeletor, his arch enemy who’s like, y’know, a skeleton and the like. Dune, this ‘aint. But to a certain generation it holds many, many fond memories. So much so that a documentary about those halcyon times of the mid-80’s is currently in the works which we reported on yesterday.
However, for any reboot to have a snowball-in-hell’s chance of success care and attention will be needed. It would be advisable for any and everyone involved to watch the 1987 attempt at making the cartoon a big-screen property, Masters of the Universe (but just the once, unless they’re masochists). Cannon Films production was a lamentable, laughable, shoe-stringed-budget effort that was so bad it was just bad. They should also keep in mind that the property had it’s heyday over thirty years ago and was aimed squarely at young kids. The recent Pixels (2015) springs to mind as to how exactly not to treat similar, old genre touchstones and attempt to make them relevant for today’s youth.
Regardless of what you think of McG – thoughts that may include, “Why does a grown man choose to be known by a nickname?” – comment cannot be made until this hits the screens. You never know, it could turn out to be a lot of fun; a literal He-Man who rides an armoured cat into battle against a skeleton? What’s not to like? Eh? Eh?
With an existing script by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch that McG will apparently oversee an overwrite on, Masters of the Universe is is being produced by Sony and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch and will arrive on your screen at some time in the future.