New Directors Eyed for Masters of the Universe

Previously planned for G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Jon M. Chu to direct, Columbia Pictures’ upcoming Masters of the Universe feature film is, according to reports from both TheWrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll, now eyeing a number of names to helm. They include Another Earth‘s Mike Cahill, Kick-Ass 2‘s Jeff Wadlow, The Karate Kid‘s Harald Zwart and Chris McKay, editor and animation supervisor on The LEGO Movie.

Masters of the Universe follows Prince Adam, who transforms into a warrior called He-Man and becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Sony and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch have been developing the property, based on the popular Mattel toy line that originated in 1982 and spawned several animated series along with a 1987 live-action film. Terry Rossio, who recently worked on Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, recently boarded the big screen take to supply a rewrite.