‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets a Release Date, Loses a Director

By the power of Grayskull, WE HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS!!!

Masters of the Universe, an adaptation of the hit 1980s cartoon series, is finally coming to theaters on December 18, 2019. The announcement comes after a decade of the project languishing in “development hell,” where movies never get made but never stop getting reported about either.

That’s the GOOD news. The BAD news is that, as of today, the film has no director. Terminator: Salvation filmmaker McG was set to bring He-Man to life since early 2016, but according to Entertainment Weekly he is now off of the project and Sony Pictures is looking for a replacement. David Goyer (Batman BeginsMan of Steel) is writing the screenplay.

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Anybody who grew up in the 1980s was at least somewhat aware of the cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a colorful and bizarre sci-fi sword-and-sorcery story about a lame princess who gets a magic sword and turns into an awesome superhero who hates shirts and pants. The show may have been a mess but it sold oodles of toys, and even though the first live-action movie adaptation – 1987’s Masters of the Universe, starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella – was a disappointment, Hollywood has been trying to remake it ever since with bigger budgets and bigger directors.

McG is only the latest filmmaker to be connected with Masters of the Universe and, eventually, leave the project. Previous directors who almost made the film include John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D), and John Woo (Face/Off).

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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.