The long-awaited Masters Of The Universe reboot is beginning to take shape and, from the sounds of it, it’s going to be a dark and gritty affair.
Sony has already announced a December 2019 release date for the big-screen reboot of the hugely popular 1980s cartoon, which saw Prince Adam of Eternia transform into He-Man to fight Skeletor on a weekly basis.
The film is likely to follow a similar plot line and now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, David S. Goyer is in talks to write and direct the movie.
Goyer has already penned a script for the film which is said to have impressed producers over at Sony, who have been on the lookout for someone to helm the project ever since McG departed to work on another film.
Best known for writing Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy as well as all three Blade movies and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Goyer has a track record for delivering dark, richly-realised comic book worlds and would be a good fit for He-Man.
His most recent writing credit came on Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, a much-maligned film deserving of critical reappraisal in the wake of the train wreck that was Justice League.
Few can question Goyer’s credentials as a writer but as a director he’s a little more miss than hit, with Blade: Trinity arguably the best of a very bad bunch of movies.
He will lend Masters Of The Universe a suitably brooding tone though, which might serve as some relief to anyone worried the film could end up being a campy nightmare more in-line with He-Man and Skeletor’s bizarre spate of appearances in adverts for MoneySuperMarket.
There’s no word on casting yet, though Kellan Lutz has been linked with taking on the role of He-Man in recent times.
They will be keen to improve on the infamous 1987 Cannon Films’ effort starring Dolph Lundgren – which you can read more about here.
With Goyer on-board, that might have just moved one step closer to becoming a reality.