David S. Goyer In Negotiations to Direct 'Masters of the Universe'

Posted 2017/11/30 0 0

David S. Goyer is in talks to direct the He-Man film Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures, according to The Wrap.


Sony is in talks with Batman Begins and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer David S. Goyer to direct their reboot of Masters of the Universe, which has been in discussions and script re-writes for the last decade or so. That’s roughly how long it’s been since Goyer sat in the director’s chair on a movie set; his last film was 2009's The Unborn. Since then, he’s mostly worked as a writer and producer in superhero fare, recently penning the screenplay for Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

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 movie will be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch from Escape Artists. Mattel executives Julia Pistor and David Voss will executive produce for the company. Sony’s Matthew Milam will oversee. The film is planned for a December 18, 2019 release.

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. The movie is generally dismissed as not only bad, but almost completely untrue to the source material.