Director Jon M Chu Enthuses About New Masters Of The Universe Film
GI Joe 2 director Jon M Chu is the man who’s stepped up to the task of trying to make a character called He-Man cool and non-cheesy enough to become a box office hit (after a similar attempt failed spectacularly in the ’80s), and he’s been telling Celebuzz why he accepted the challenge of making a new live action Masters Of The Universe film.
Let fantasy casting commence…
“I was approached about doing a Masters Of The Universe movie and while at first I was sceptical, I read the script and I was blown away,” says Chu. “I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, unexpected approach I was immediately intrigued. I never expected to connect on a human level to a Masters Of The Universe movie but I really plugged in emotionally. That alone got me excited to see what we could do with the property.
He continues: “I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters Of The Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies right takes a lot of tonal tightroping, so we’re just going to play for the next several months. Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth.”
It also helps that he’s a fan: “I loved the toys growing up. I had Grayskull, I had BattleCat/Cringer, I had Stratos and Orko and obviously He-Man and Skeletor. I also watched the cartoon a lot growing up. This is my era, so going to Mattel to visit their headquarters was like walking into a childhood fantasy. For every Masters Of The Universe fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to make sure to protect it in the process.”
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