McG in Talks to Direct ‘Masters of the Universe’ Reboot

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McG is in talks to direct Sony’s live-action reboot of “Masters of the Universe,” based on the Mattel toyline.

The director made his feature debut in 2000 at Sony with “Charlie’s Angels” and followed that with 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

The animated “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” series ran from 1983 to 1985. Cannon Films produced 1987’s “Masters of the Universe,” starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as the villain Skeletor. The movie did not perform well, grossing a mere $17 million.

Set on the planet of Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man.

Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing “Masters of the Universe” with DeVon Franklin. Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the most recent script. Previous drafts have been penned by Christopher Yost and the team of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow.

McG is in post-production on the New Line horror-thriller “The Babysitter,” starring Samara Weaving as the titular sitter, Judah Lewis, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne and Andrew Bachelor — aka internet personality King Bach. He also directed “Terminator Salvation,” “We Are Marshall,” “3 Days to Kill” and “This Means War.”

McG is repped by WME and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. LOL says:

    Man, will Gen Xers just grow up and put away their childish need to for nostalgia.

    • That's What She says:

      ‘When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.’

      -CS Lewis

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  3. Flasztimill says:

    I don’t think McG should touch MoTU… :/

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