Over the years Masters of the Universe, the live-action film has been talked about a lot but it seems like something is always stopping it from starting production. Many creators and screenwriters have tried their hands on the plotline of the film but it appears that Sony is just not liking anything.
Some of the best directors including Jon M, Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), McG (Terminator Salvation) have been involved in the project, not to mention well-known screenwriters like Matt Holloway, Art Marcum, Christopher Yost ( Thor Ragnarok), and David S.Goyer (Man of Steel) have also tried their hands at the film. But there is still no sign of a movie at the end of the tunnel.
Recently David S. Goyer ( Dark Knight screenwriter) opened about his take on the Masters of Universe starring He-Man and Battle Cat as the lead of the movie. Goyer who in 2017 was rumored to be directing the said film, talks about his version of the story during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I legitimately liked the script that we did,”
“What I liked the most about it was that it was mostly about a friendship between He-Man and Battle Cat. The idea was there had always been He-Men and different recipients of the Sword of Power, and that Battle Cat had always served at their side. And this was a new He-Man that Battle Cat and many people didn’t think was worthy of the sword. So it was a story of the character earning the sword but, more importantly, earning the friendship of Battle Cat, who just thought this guy was a lightweight. I really liked it. I thought it was a fun story. There was a lot of humor in it, and it creeps up on you because Battle Cat sort of grudgingly accepts him, and it’s Battle Cat’s acceptance of He-Man that gave this version of the story heart.”
While this unmade version sounds intriguing, it is just going to be added to the pile of What If now.
The live-action Masters of the Universe has been in talks since 2008. Having gone through so many writers and directors it has seen a lot of struggle. In 2019, Sony even announced that the film would be released on March 5, 2021. Noah Centineo (All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) was chosen as the lead playing the role of He-Man. Under the directors Adam and Aaron Nee it was going to be a massive release. But it was dropped, pulled out of the schedule, and pushed back into the development stage.
But at the same time, fans are being kept satisfied by the studio, as He-Man is still going to grace our screens, through Netflix and two different shows. One of them, Masters of the Universe: Revelation has just been released on July 23, 2021, and is still deriving reviews from its audience. It is a sequel to the 1983-85 FilmationTV series. The second He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will be a CGI animated series. Providing the audience a fresh dose of He-man cartoons that we all have loved from our childhood.
Even though Masters of Universe live-action film is not the priority right now, we still have a lot to look forward to.