McG Talks ‘Masters of the Universe’ Tone

A new adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has been in development forever. The project has been in the hands of multiple directors, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s an old-fashioned sword-and-sorcery story in a time when sword-and-sorcery stories fail to sell.

Back in January, McG became the latest director to board Masters of the Universe, and he recently spoke to IGN about his vision for the movie.

When it comes to casting the film, McG says he isn’t there yet, but he is aware that Kellan Lutz (Twilight) has been campaigning on social media for the role of He-Man/Prince Adam, because when you have a big franchise picture, you want to rest it on the star of The Legend of Hercules.


When asked about the tone of the film, McG name-dropped every recent success he could think of:

I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost. We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right. Listen, I love that movie with Frank [Langella] and Dolph [Lundgren]. I watch it, and it’s a tremendous pleasure for me to watch. I’m raised on the toys, and I’m down at Mattel all the time. We’re just really focused on getting it right. I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we’re all cognizant of what’s going on with Game of Thrones. It’s incredible. We’re cognizant of what’s going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn’s doing a great job. We’re going to try to answer the call and take it higher. How’s that sound?

As for where the movie will be set, he says it will largely take place on Eternia, and while he wouldn’t divulge if He-Man and Prince Adam will be played by the same actor or two different actors.

He also mentioned that Evil-Lyn will be in the movie, and here comes that Suicide Squad mention:

I’ve got to answer the call with Evil-Lyn, that’s for sure. Because I think what Margot Robbie just got up to with that turn [in Suicide Squad] is really, really interesting, and I want to make sure I answer the call. I even think Cara [Delevingne] did a good job in Suicide Squad with Enchantress. I want to make sure our Evil-Lyn is the standard bearer. That’s a tall order, isn’t it?

So Masters of the Universe fans: Do McG’s words fill you with hope? Please follow and leave a comment!

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