McG in Talks to Direct Masters of the Universe Reboot

Deadline reports that director McG (Charlie’s AngelsTerminator Salvation) is in negotiations to helm the Masters of the Universe reboot for Sony. The director will oversee a rewrite of the script first, with the current draft having been penned by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (Predators).

Originally launched as a popular Mattel toy line in 1982, “Masters of the Universe” spawned several animated series (including the female-driven spinoff cartoon series, “She-Ra: Princess of Power”) along with a 1987 live-action film. Directed by Gary Goddard, the first Masters of the Universe movie stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and, in one of her very first big screen roles, a young Courteney Cox as Julie Winston, a teenage character created specifically for the film.

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

The Masters of the Universe movie has gone through a number of writers and directors in the years it’s been in development, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu the initial choice to helm the live-action project. Previously Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) had completed his own draft of the screenplay and was reportedly in contention for the directing job. Following Wadlow’s script, Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio wrote a draft with Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost having a turn afterward.

Masters of the Universe is being produced by Sony and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.