Jon Chu Gives MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Update
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is currently developing a third G.I. Joe movie as well as feature film adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I personally think G.I. Joe needs a complete overhaul and another new director, and I don't think Chu is the right guy to take on Masters of the Universe either. The guy may be a big fan of these franchises, but being a fan doesn't mean he has the talent to bring them to life. While talking to SuperheroHype, Chu gave an update on what's going on with Masters of the Universe, and he sounds really excited about it.
"I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in 'Joe' and knowing that 'Masters' has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for 'Masters of the Universe' is what really hooked me. I love 'Masters of the Universe,' but I didn't know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,' and it got me really really excited."
So he had no vision of the film until after he read the script for it? Hell, there are a ton of people out there that haven't read the script for the film, yet they know how they would turn it into a movie. Anyone that has ever watched the show should have an idea on how to bring it to the big screen, but he had to read a script to catch the vision? What's funny is that the script probably isn't even that good. He goes on to say,
"We're still working on that one and 'Joe' has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we're rushing to get that done and Dwayne has a certain time period so it may end up that 'Joe' goes first in all those things and I don't know if 'Masters of the Universe' will wait for me or where that's going to end up. But right now it's been great. We've been designing a ton of stuff for 'Masters of the Universe' as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world - that's the best way I can describe it. It's everything you want 'Masters of the Universe' to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we're doing in the initial visual concepts that we've been making."
He may be excited about it, but I hope someone else ends up directing it. How do you feel about Chu taking on these classic 1980s animated franchises?