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I have the power...to fill you guys in on an interesting bit of recent movie news. It appears that Jon Chu ('Step Up 3') is in negotiations to direct a new live-action film version of 'Masters of the Universe' for Sony. For anyone who never watched the cartoon or owned any of the action figures, 'Masters of the Universe' revolves around a young prince, Adam, who becomes a powerful warrior, He-Man, with the help of a magic sword, and who must then battle the sinister Skeletor to save Eternia. Apparently the studio has been talking about doing another big screen adaptation of the property for some time. In fact, a script by Alex Litvak ('The Three Musketeers') and Mike Finch has long been in place. Chu is currently working on reshoots for 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation,' which, as many of you know, was supposed to be released this summer but was pushed to next spring. As of yet, no official deal is on the table.
By the power of Grayskull, I am crazy excited for this. As a kid, 'Masters of the Universe' was such a big deal for me. Not only did I watch the cartoon, but I also had cases full of the action figures AND a Castle Grayskull playset...thank you very much. I didn't see the 1987 Dolph Lundgren film until I was an adult, and as lover of all things b-movie it played perfectly to an entirely new set of sensibilities. Do we need another live-action 'MotU' movie? Probably not. Does that dilute my enthusiasm at the prospect? Skel-No! I am really interested to see what Jon Chu does with this. He's a guy who has proven he can take b-movie fodder and create something spectacular. And yes, I'm referring to 'Step Up 3.' I know he could knock this one out of the park if only because the expectation for its quality would be staggeringly low.
What do you guys think? Could another 'Masters of the Universe' movie work on any level? Is Chu the right director? Who would you cast as He-Man and Skeletor? If you had the toys as a kid, which was your favorite action figure?