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Director Jon M. Chu Talks About 'Masters Of The Universe'

MOTU: Outsiders - 2012.10.17
When we last heard anything about director Jon M. Chu, it was about G.I. Joe: Retaliation being postponed until March 29th, 2013 but this hasn't slowed down Chu. The director is already looking to his next project, a big-screen version of iconic ‘80s toy property Masters of the Universe. Celebuzz spoke with Chu about taking on this project which is being written by Richard Wenk.

"I was approached about doing a Masters of the Universe movie and while at first I was skeptical, I read the script and I was blown away. I had no idea what to expect but it was such a fresh, UNEXPECTED approach I was immediately intrigued." "MOTU is such a challenging puzzle to make into a movie that works to a contemporary audience but the script seemed to really crack it for me. I think people are really going to be surprised at the rich story we have the opportunity to tell in this world."

Chu was both a fan of the toys and cartoon series growing up as a kid...

"I LOVED the toys growing up. I had Grayskull, I had BattleCat/Cringer, I had Stratos and Orko and obviously He-Man and Skeletor. I also watched the cartoon a lot growing up. This is my era, so going to Mattel to visit their headquarters was like walking into a childhood fantasy. It brought me back to my youth and I knew I had to be a part of getting this movie together. For every MOTU fan out there, it felt like it was time and I wanted to make sure to protect it in the process."

When asked how will this movie be different from the '80s movie...?

"I feel like there’s a lot of room to crack open the Masters of the Universe story. We are still in our process and I think we have some great seeds planted but making one of these types of movies RIGHT takes a lot of TONAL tightroping so we’re just going to play... Play with designs, play with the characters, try new things, maybe go too far on some things and pull back. The process is really important to find where the right line is so we can land right on it. I think that’s what can dig out the properties full potential for a cinematic rebirth."

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