Masters Of The Universe reboot is still on but McG is out

Sony sets Masters Of The Universe for a 2019 release, finds a writer, loses a director

A reboot of Masters Of The Universe has been chugging along in development for a long time now, and the most consistent line-up seemed to be Charlie’s Angels and Terminator: Salvation director McG behind the camera, with Twilight’s Kellan Lutz campaigning hard to play He-Man.

Well, Sony has taken one big step forward with the film but has lost at least one of those elements. EW reports that the studio has given a 18 December 2019 release date to Masters Of The Universe, but that McG will no longer be directing.

Yep, the filmmaker has been attached to the movie since¬†early last year but Sony is now “meeting with directors.”

They’ve also brought on the incredibly prolific David S Goyer to write the film. At the moment, Goyer is most heavily involved in the DC movie universe at Warner Bros and is a rumoured front-runner to direct Green Lantern Corps.

There’s no news on potential casting but the site reports that “many actors, including A-list talent, are vying for key roles.” No word on Lutz, but he never really got beyond being “considered” or “campaigning for” the lead role so he may well have gone the way of McG.

The 1987 film, of course, was directed by Gary Goddard and starred Dolph Lundgren as Prince Adam/He-Man and the great Frank Langella as Skeletor, along with Meg Foster and Courteney Cox, and just writing about it makes us want to watch it again.

Masters Of The Universe will be released on 18 December 2019. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.