During a recent interview with IGN, director McG (Terminator Salvation, This Means War), commented on the current status of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie. The film is currently attached to Sony Pictures, with McG set to direct the project. It does not have a green light or a release date, but McG has been developing it for quite some time. The film has gone through many writers, directors, and switched studios, going from Warner Bros. to Sony Pictures.
McG on wanting to make it his next film: “It’s a very exciting moment for Masters of the Universe. We have a big meeting with Sony regarding prep of the movie on Wednesday. And we’re in the middle of a bit of a script polish, and it’s my absolute passion. I’m laser-focused on that being my next film. But I mean, you know how it works in contemporary filmmaking. You really, really have to earn the good will of the parent studio, and Tom Rothman runs a tight ship at Sony, and we’re going to get there. I’m so happy to report that to the fans.”
McG on what his approach to the film would be: “I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost. We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right. Listen, I love that movie with Frank [Langella] and Dolph [Lundgren]. I watch it, and it’s a tremendous pleasure for me to watch. I’m raised on the toys, and I’m down at Mattel all the time. We’re just really focused on getting it right. I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we’re all cognizant of what’s going on with Game of Thrones. It’s incredible. We’re cognizant of what’s going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn’s doing a great job. We’re going to try to answer the call and take it higher.”
On if Adam and He-Man will be two different people and his thoughts on Skeletor: “That I can’t share. That is a secret. By the way, to me: Vader, Gruber, Skeletor. That’s how powerful the antagonist is to me. Maybe I’m just a weirdo. No, but, for real. I think that’s how important Skeletor is to the world.”