'Masters of the Universe': 8 things we learned about the live-action reboot
McG, the director of Charlie's Angels and Terminator: Salvation who is currently slated to helm the long-gestating Masters of the Universe live-action movie at Sony, just gave an interview to IGN that features quite a bit of back and forth on the upcoming "reboot" of the iconic '80s animated franchise. MotU earlier spawned a poorly-received live-action film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella.
Stating that he is "laser-focused" on making MotU his next movie, McG revealed quite a bit about the project's development, from casting to setting to how the film will be informed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Below are a few highlights from the conversation, which you can read in full over at IGN.
1. Kellan Lutz has not been cast as He-Man.
Though Lutz previously revealed via Twitter that he had met with McG on the project, the Legend of Hercules star is so far not attached to play the musclebound protagonist.
"We haven't cast the role yet, but I like Kellan very much. Obviously, we need a talented entertainer, but we also need a certain physicality, which he embodies. He'll be considered very, very closely. We haven't gotten to the casting process yet. Kellan's a good guy, and we had a great meeting, and he's passionate about He-Man, he's passionate about the Adam story. He really knows a lot about it. I was charmed by his focus and intensity. He'll be considered very, very carefully. We're just not there yet. We've got to get the movie on its feet, then we'll cast the movie."
2. He's looking to both Marvel and Game of Thrones for guidance on how to bring the film to the big screen.
The director particularly singled out Guardians of the Galaxy for praise.
"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. ...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."
3. It will be an origin story.
"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."
4. Unlike the 1987 version, it will not be set on Earth.
"Earth is mentioned, as Earth is a part of the lore. But it's largely an Eternia [the planet that serves as the setting of the animated series] story."
5. He's looking to Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in envisioning Skeletor's right-hand woman Evil-Lyn.
"I think what Margot Robbie just got up to with that turn [in Suicide Squad] is really, really interesting, and I want to make sure I answer the call."
6. Battle Cat will be in the movie.
Though He-Man's trusty steed didn't make the cut in the low-budget 1987 film, it sounds like he'll definitely be a part of the action here.
"I think it's important to go, as we discover Adam and He-Man, we discover Cringer and Battle Cat."
7. He's committed to cementing Skeletor's place in the pantheon of great movie villains.
Langella was a standout as He-Man's arch-nemesis in the 1987 film, and it sounds as if McG is looking for his Skeletor to make a similarly strong impression.
"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."
8. He's a fan of the 1987 film.
"Listen, I love that movie with Frank [Langella] and Dolph [Lundgren]. I watch it, and it's a tremendous pleasure for me to watch."
Note that he didn't say it was good. But fun? Absolutely.