Jon M. Chu No Longer Directing MOTU Movie

by Jay Cochran
October 08, 2013
Yesterday we told you about a story THR ran about Columbia Pictures bringing on board Lone Ranger co-writer Terry Rossio to write or more specifically re-write the script for the upcoming live-action Masters of the Universe movie. Well it appears there was a minor update made to the THR story (either that or I somehow missed it). The article indicates that the director who had been previously announced for this movie, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was no longer attached to this project. There was no explanation given as to why, though perhaps there was some type of conflict of interest since Chu is going to also be directing the third G.I. Joe movie as well. Maybe their is some kind of clause that says he can't direct two movies based on toylines from two different toy companies?

What do you think, is it a good thing Chu is no longer attached to the MOTU movie?



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megachickmagnet - 2013-10-09 @ 1:35 am

Well, hundreds of millions were spent on far worse movie concepts... so why not MOTU?

I agree that it will never receive the budget and attention that it deserves... but it should. I've said it in other threads, MOTU has the potential to be an epic masterpiece of a saga. It's just that most people can't think outside the box and look past it's history of campiness.

Eric - 2013-10-08 @ 11:54 pm

Glad to hear Chu is no longer involved, but at this point... I don't think any filmmaker has the ability to do this film justice. UNLESS...

...I don't think live action is the way to go with MOTU. They need to take lessons from James Cameron's AVATAR. If it was full CGI with motion capture, there would be no limit to what they could achieve with a MOTU film(s).

Audiences don't tend to respond terribly well to full motion capture CGI and nothing but (the Uncanny Valley effect starts to kick in). Even Avatar had plenty of human characters in the mix at various points in the movie. Certainly though, MotU would pretty much demand some mocapped CGI characters.

Beyond that, it's doubtful they'll devote the kind of budget necessary for something on that scale to a very unproven (on the big screen) franchise without someone like James Cameron or Steven Spielberg on board (which seems unlikely to happen). Which is probably one of the big reasons this movie hasn't already happened: Trying to make it happen on a budget.

I agree. I don't think this will receive the budget to pay for a lot of CGI, especially the quality and quantity of CGI that we would like to see to really do it justice.

I would love to see a MOTU movie, but I don't think I've heard one good thing about the one currently in development. The first idea for a MOTU remake was a soldier named Adam who stumbled through some warp in the Middle East, I believe. Seriously.

CaptainTriumph - 2013-10-08 @ 8:36 pm

Chu who?

Jmacq1 - 2013-10-08 @ 8:16 pm

Glad to hear Chu is no longer involved, but at this point... I don't think any filmmaker has the ability to do this film justice. UNLESS...

...I don't think live action is the way to go with MOTU. They need to take lessons from James Cameron's AVATAR. If it was full CGI with motion capture, there would be no limit to what they could achieve with a MOTU film(s).

Audiences don't tend to respond terribly well to full motion capture CGI and nothing but (the Uncanny Valley effect starts to kick in). Even Avatar had plenty of human characters in the mix at various points in the movie. Certainly though, MotU would pretty much demand some mocapped CGI characters.

Beyond that, it's doubtful they'll devote the kind of budget necessary for something on that scale to a very unproven (on the big screen) franchise without someone like James Cameron or Steven Spielberg on board (which seems unlikely to happen). Which is probably one of the big reasons this movie hasn't already happened: Trying to make it happen on a budget.

megachickmagnet - 2013-10-08 @ 7:51 pm

Glad to hear Chu is no longer involved, but at this point... I don't think any filmmaker has the ability to do this film justice. UNLESS...

...I don't think live action is the way to go with MOTU. They need to take lessons from James Cameron's AVATAR. If it was full CGI with motion capture, there would be no limit to what they could achieve with a MOTU film(s).

Jmacq1 - 2013-10-08 @ 7:13 pm

Not too big a surprise. He hinted at this a couple weeks back in an interview. Probably just decided to focus on G.I. Joe 3 (which I guess might be getting fast-tracked).

MotU is probably going to remain in development hell for quite a bit longer. I imagine it probably will make it to screens someday, but like G.I. Joe, it's probably going to take several years before it materializes.

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