He has the power.
Terry Rossio, one of the co-writers of Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, The Lone Ranger and The original Pirates of the Caribbean (among many other films) has been tasked to produce a new screenplay for the upcoming Masters of the Universe remake.
After ditching a screenplay they had previously commissioned, both Sony and the film’s producers appear to want the movie in a different direction but quite what that might be, who knows? Or dare to dream…?
The film may have gained a new writer but it has lost a director, with John M. Chu saying ‘Bye, the Power of Greyskull’, as he focuses all his attention on G.I. Joe 3.
Perhaps G.I. Joe 3 is simply the silliest project he is prepared to accept at this time. Certainly Masters of the Universe promises to test the build quality of any silli-ometer.
Mattel developed the Masters of the Universe toy range in the early 1980s after refusing George Lucas’ invitation to produce his Star Wars merchandising range. Apparently, the force was not strong with the Mattel board in the mid-70s.
In a belated effort to break into this lucrative new market, Mattel developed He-Man who for legal reasons, bore no relation to Conan the Barbarian. None at all.
For those too young or too depressed to remember the cartoon, or the 1987 camp-a-thon, Masters of the Universe featured a young Prince Adam of the planet Eternia, who turned into super-warrior He-Man via the power of his magic sword to defend the realm from the evil Skeletor. Not quite a JK Rowling level of complex narrative, you must agree.
Expect any film adaptation of such a mighty toy line to watch the Oscar nominations roll in.
Factoid: Between March and September 2014, only one major film is being released that is not based on any pre-existing material. Risk-averse? Hollywood?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter