It seems that Jon Chu, director of the recently-delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation could soon be tackling another iconic 80's toy property in Masters of the Universe.
According to a report from Deadline, talks are underway between Chu and Sony Pictures/Escape Artists to take the helm with He-Man for the first live-action journey into the mystical land of Eternia since the 1987 cult classic in which Dolph Lundgren played the most powerful man in the universe.
This project has been on the table in some form or another for a number of years and had even come close to reality in 2008 when Kung-Fu Panda director, John Stevenson was brought on board. Now, likely wanting to strike while 80's nostalgia is still marketable, the film seems to be back on the fast track.
Is the John Chu the right man for the job?
A director known for his work in dance films like the Step Up sequels and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Chu now has a big-budget action property in Retaliation on his resume. It's just that Paramount Pictures decided to shelve it for nearly a year for 3D conversion. (And possibly for storyline tweaking.)
While we haven't had a chance to see anything more of Retaliation other than the trailers, Masters of the Universe is without a doubt a completely different, much larger animal to tackle.
The MOTU mythos actually contains several combined elements of mysticism and space/sci-fi technology which created a very unique world in which the super-powered, sword-wielding warrior, He-Man lived to battle his evil nemesis, Skeletor. However, the 1987 film directed by Gary Goddard took the franchise more into a Star Wars-esque feel before setting much of the film in "our" world by way of some dimensional portal.
This new film probably cannot take such a shortcut and will have to work hard to focus on the world of Eternia and the larger narrative. (Especially if Mattel toy company has anything to say about it when it comes to ensuring they have future toy lines.)
Much like Retaliation, it would certainly be new territory for Chu. However, not having seen his first real test in the big-budget blockbuster, genre, it's hard to tell if he's up to the job.