Jon Chu To Direct “Masters of The Universe”

Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Step Up 2: The Streets”) has just begun talks to helm a new live-action take on the classic He-Man Mattel toy line “Masters Of The Universe” at Sony Pictures and Escape Artists says Deadline.

The toys and famous cartoon series follows He-Man, a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.

The property was previously adapted into a live-action feature in 1987 by Cannon Films with Dolph Lungdren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor.

Attempts have been made over the years to revive it, but the film picked up steam thanks to a script by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch entitled “Grayskull” (that title however can no longer be used).

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing. Chu is in the middle of a 3D conversion on “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” ahead of some reshoots on that film ahead of its release in March next year.