New Director Short List For ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Revealed – And We’re Not Happy About It

- 02-26-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher


Sony does not have the power to make a a good He-Man movie. They do, however, have fabulous secret powers at ruining one beloved franchise after another (Ghost Rider, Amazing Spider-Man). And with all do respect to the following directors, Sony’s latest reported choices in talent to helm a new live-action He-Man movie is… well, it just makes you wanna  tell them to shove the power sword up a place that makes Fisto and Ram-Man smile. (more…)

Jon Chu Talks Dropping Out of He-Man and What His Hopes Are for G.I. Joe 3

- 01-02-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher


Director Jon Chu got to talking recently on the matter of dropping out of his proposed He-Man and the Masters of the Universe live-action adaption and what he expects out of G.I. Joe 3. You don’t have to like Mr. Chu’s movies (I know I don’t), but the dude sure has a penchant for talking passionately. It’s too bad he doesn’t have the same passion for creativity and talent. Ouch, was that harsh? No, harsh was sitting through 2 hours of G.I. Joe Retaliation.


Dammit Jon Chu – Stay The Hell Away From ‘Masters of the Universe’!

- 07-30-13Film, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher


I have the power… to not care about anything director Jon Chu says. Sure, he’s a fan of 80’s cartoons and speaks passionately about them. When it comes to adapting beloved filmation from 30 years ago, he even says all the right things. He’s convincing, I’ll give him that. His follow-thru, however, not so much.

I heard him speak many times about his “Yo Joe” mentality, growing up on the G.I. Joe cartoon and understanding it’s message about leadership and heroism. Toting how he was going to right the wrongs of the first abortion of a flick and not just make another action movie. Guy sounded a like a real American hero. Well, his homage to the G.I. Joe franchise, G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly suck, but that’s only because nothing can be worse than G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. While there were flashes of resemblance to the original cartoon (overabundance of ninjas and shit), it was a far cry from the source material, and well, turned out to be just another action flick. Like we could have expected anything truly worthy from the guy who directed that Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never?

Now, I’m not here to talk about the critical failings of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  No, I’m just using that as my point. He had his chance and he blew it. He needs to stay the fuck away from all 80’s properties. Namely such, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

An adaptation of the cartoon featuring a muscle bound warrior with his “fabulous” secret and powerful friends as they face the evil forces of Skeletor, has been an raging for years. Sony Pictures eventually picked up the rights somewhere along the way and have been gunning for live-action treatment (forgetting the really bad 1987 movie having already been made) and capitalize on that sweet 80’s nostalgia.  Since the latest Joe flicked did so well, Sony has appointed Jon Chu to direct MOTU. Go figure.

While talking to SuperheroHype, Chu gave an update on what’s going on with Masters of the Universe, and he does that whole overly excited thing, which gets me excited. Here’s what he said:

“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. 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.”

He goes on to say,

“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.”

Goddammit Chu, why you gotta say shit like that? That certainly sounds like the MOTU I’ve always played out in my head, but why you gotta sell us on promises you know you can’t keep? You’re like an Asian-American Uwe Boll. Just stop it. Leave my childhood alone. It’s already been goatsied enough by the likes of Micheal Bay and your sloppy seconds that was G.I. Joe 2.

He-Man isn’t the greatest of cartoons. It’s not even a very good one. It’s silly, stupid and filled with homoerotic undertones. Regardless, I’m a fan. As such, I have expectations that can never be met. I envision an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor (for the kiddies). 300 meets Lord of The Rings. Something like that, but I know it’s never gonna happen… and certainly not by the likes of Jon Chu. The hell with him and any director that wants to make it. Just leave it alone Hollywood, you bastards!

*steps off soap box*

First Look at ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

- 07-16-13Film Posted by Chris D.


This is our first look at the “COBRA Strikes” featurette from the G.I. Joe: Retaliation DVD.  Jon Chu, the director, talks about his vision for Cobra Commander and about the ultimate execution of the character’s portrayal from costume to the little on-screen details.

Hit the jump for the video.


Jon Chu Back to Direct Another ‘G.I. Joe Movie’

- 06-12-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


When Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) landed the directors chair for G.I. Joe: Retaliation a couple of years ago, many fans were skeptical he could pull off a decent military based movie. Although the film has its issues, it’s leagues ahead of the first in the franchise and has raked in $365 million worldwide.

The production team still has to hire a writer and get a script cranked out. Early word is that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura wants the next G.I.Joe installment to focus on the Ninja side. G.I. Joe 4 concept work and early production should keep chugging along even though Chu also has the new Masters of the Universe reboot on his directorial plate.

Will Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Colton (Bruce Willis), and the others be back? It’s still a little early to tell on that one, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they at least made a cameo appearance.

What do you want to see in another G.I. Joe movie? I want more Cobra, bigger secret volcano bases and crazy world killing weapons.

Via: /Film

John Chu Talks Upcoming ‘Master of the Universe’ Movie

- 03-27-13Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

he-man and the motu

Many of us have some fond memories we carry with us regarding He-Man and the Master of the Universe.  Back in the 80s, we were bombarded by cartoons and toys and if you were like me at all you had an extensive collection of He-Man action figures (including the Castle Greyskull playset, bitches!).  But there hasn’t been a decent movie of the childhood franchise since way back in 1987.  Oh wait… Correction – there was never a decent He-Man movie.  But it does look like Jon Chu, director of the latest G.I. Joe flick will be trying to change all that by going on to direct a new incarnation of this property.

While chatting about his involvement with the new Masters of the Universe undertaking, Chu had a few things to say:

We’re still early but we’re deep in experimenting. This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we’ve ever wanted to try in [Masters of the Universe] and then we get to throw out all the things that don’t work, which is most of it. [This allows us to know] what our tone is, where we’re going to head with it and it’s a very important phase because it shows [us] the direction we’re going to go in the future. So we’re very early, we don’t know a lot yet other than that we’re playing around and having a lot of fun.

So it looks like there’s no real news to speak of as of yet.  They’re just playing with concepts, but it does seem as if the movie is being taken seriously as far as putting it into development goes.

The new project will feature a script by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (Predators), which doesn’t exactly scream quality.  Furthermore, Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation is not getting the best reviews currently, despite the fact that it is raking in some cash.  All-in-all, I’m not too optimistic.

What do our lovely and barely-clothed Nerd Readers have to say about all this?  Do you think that this crew is worthy to tackle our childhood memories?  Or should Chu and company just retire and save everyone a whole mess of grief?


Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

New ‘G.I.Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer and Television Spot

- 02-19-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


The long, long, wait is almost over for director Jon Chu‘s G.I.Joe: Retaliation. With just over a month to go there’s a new international trailer and television spot hitting the internet. There is plenty of action in these two pieces, and the more I’ve seen so far has wiped away any initial fears I had about Chu and his Step Up movie background.

Who didn’t have some serious doubts when that directors choice news first broke? That nagging voice in the back of my head only got stronger at the announcement of the year-long delay to convert the movie to 3D, or add more Channing Tatum if the Internet rumors were to be believed. Throw in Chu’s background in hip hop dance movies (Step Up 3D, Step Up 2, Justin Bieber:Never Say Never) and this G.I.Joe fan-boy was pretty damn nervous.

Then the trailers and clips started hitting the Internet and I slowly started to got excited; opening day at the movies kind of excited. This movie has a great cast, (Love me some Ray parks and Ray Stevenson – 13!!!! – Rome fans will know what I’m talking about.) Throw in The Rock, some Bruce Willis and some sexy ninja ladies and you’ve got some real movie magic happening.

What do you think, will this movie crush it at the box office? Those toys have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Can this movie rekindle that toy selling spark?

G.I.Joe: Retaliation blasts its way onto theater screens March 27th and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce WillisAdrianne Palicki, Walton GogginsRay ParkByung-hun LeeElodie YungRZARay Stevenson, and D.J. Cotrona.

The International TV spot:

A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2012.

Via: Collider

John Chu, Director Of ‘Step Up’ 2 & 3, Pegged For ‘Masters Of The Universe’

- 07-30-12Film, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

Oi! Here we go again…

Masters of the Universe is being poked for live-action treatment… AGAIN. Sony has been trying to revive He-Man on the big screen for years, with each attempt being more miserable than the last. I’ll spare you the developmental history and simply say the last script treatment had He-Man being depicted as a lost spaceman instead of a shirtless, sword swinging, strongman. It also featured Skeletor with a metal mask instead of his trademark skull face. Suffice to say, the intentions had MOTU fans like myself cowering in fear like Cringer the tiger.

Well here we are again, with what could be the worst movie talk yet. Deadline reports that Jon Chu, the director of G.I. Joe Retaliation, is in talks to direct.


I can’t quite spew specious hate at Mr. Chu quite yet because I haven’t seen G.I. Joe Retaliation.  But, I think, Retaliation being pushed back a year for re-shoots pretty much speaks for itself. Plus, this is the same dude that did that *gag* Justin Beiber documentary Never Say Never. Oh, and he’s responsible for Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D. I mean, really, this is not the dude that should be handling MOTU.

As a fan, I won’t accept a movie that’s anything less than an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor. Something like 300 meets Lord of The Rings.

Spare me the Beiber fever, dance dance revolution director and give me  Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, or Chris “fucking” Nolan. At lease those guys would preserves the heart of the source material, take it in a new direction, and add a bit of mythos and depth.

Masters of the Universe is the story of He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero to battle the forces of evil lead by Skeletor. It’s best known as a cartoon from the 1980s and its ongoing toyline.

Source: Deadline

‘G.I.Joe: Retaliation’ Interview Teaser

- 05-17-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter


The folks over at Comingsoon landed some face time with the stars and director of G.I.Joe:Retaliation and produced this interview video of their talks with: Director Jon Chu, Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye) and D.J. Cotrona (Flint).

There’s plenty of nice little bits about the movie and characters as well as their love of the G.I.Joe franchise and hopes of living up to G.I.Joe fan-boys expectations everywhere.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens nationwide on June 29.

Via: Comingsoon

Jon Chu Speaks About ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ and Why it is Cooler than the Last Film

- 05-02-12Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

In the tepid environment of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, comes the second release in this new franchise, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  With the new installment, director Jon Chu has taken over for Stephen Sommers, so we might be seeing something more solid than last time.  Although, with the trailers released so far, it looks like we might be in for more of the same.

The geeks over at slashfilm got the chance to interview Churecently about the new film.  In addition to chatting about how much he loved to play with his G.I. Joe action figures as a kid, he had a few things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and why people should spend their ten bucks rather than wait for video.

When asked about the mediocre response to the first film:

It’s crazy, because as polarizing as that first movie was, people still went and saw it and people still went and saw it over and over and the DVD sold like crazy, so…

I mean it seems like more people like it than people will admit, which is crazy. And we are not trying to compete with that movie, we are trying to make a different movie.

About building the G.I. Joe universe:

…we really tried to bridge all of those mythologies with everything you know about Joe and put it into one.

If you loved GI JOE or if you know nothing about GI JOE and you just like a story that has ninjas and lots of things blowing up, you should give our movie a shot.

About how his movie is better than the last one:

…we wanted you to feel the power of the punch, something I was missing in the last movie, I wanted to know that these guys were really fighting. I wanted to see the scratches and patterns on patterns.

So all of those things, to me, is what we tried to build into the movie, that you actually felt the world and the action; each action piece was different from the next with different textures, different fighting style, different shooting style, and so it never felt like a repeat of an action scene and that you actually revealed stuff about each character. So the way someone retreats or the way someone steps up to plate at that moment all reveals stuff about characters…

About how he got involved in the project:

Well I mean I have a relationship with Paramount from when we did the Bieber movie.

To me the pitch was sort of the everyman’s story, the hero’s story of a boy finding technology and having his destiny sort of fulfilled.

I think my relationship withParamount, when they saw that and we would talk about other movies and we started talking about JOE and I told them how much I loved JOE and what I thought that the JOE franchise could be… What a perfect moment to redefine a brand that is along those same lines, that can help us find our way of what it means to be a hero and what it means to be a leader.

About the new-and-improved Cobra Commander:

We tell that story in the movie, so you’re going to have to see the movie to fully know how that transformation is and it was difficult to find how.

…we don’t start there. We actually see how it all sort of unfolds, but it definitely is fun. That was one of the most fun challenges to figure out. I want Cobra… I freaking follow Cobra Commander on Twitter and I love all of those things and that’s iconic. There are very few villains that are as iconic as Cobra Commander, so I wanted him to be a presence in this movie.

And about what he has next on his plate:

You know, I don’t know.

I love action now. I’m stuck in this action adventure world, which was really fun. I love designing a world. I love creating the red ninjas and Snake Eyes and designing the vehicles and all of that. To work with a team like that was just one of the best experiences of my life, so I hope I can build another world.

So, if what Chu said sold you on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, then go see it on June 21st.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think, so we Nerdbastards know whether we should save our money or not.


And feel free to visit slashfilm to check out the entire interview.