It has been a long and rocky road for the Masters of The Universe reboot. First, it started out as a Warner Bros. project back in 2007 and it would eventually switch studios landing at Sony Pictures in 2009. The various directors said to be involved over the years include John Woo (Face-Off), John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), McG (Terminator Salvation), and David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity).
Goyer left the project last year over creative differences with Sony and The Nee Brothers hired to take over directing duties. According to concept artist Carlos Huante in HN Entertainment’s exclusive interview with him in February, Goyer had exited over budgetary issues with the studio as his script was just too big. Carlos suggesting Goyer’s vision for the project was similar in scope to The Lord of The Rings and Star Wars.
It looks like the fantasy project might see one more production delay before cameras roll.
DiscussingFilm has an update of sorts concerning when Masters of The Universe will begin shooting as they now claim that the start date has been delayed from July 15th to August 19th. Filming is still expected to take place in Prague, Czech Republic.
‘MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE’ is set to begin filming on August 19th in Prague. (EXCLUSIVE) pic.twitter.com/KU1HtJQnZQ
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 28, 2019
A month delay isn’t terribly uncommon and production delays can happen for a lot of different reasons including set construction hiccups, script rewrites (confirmed to have happened recently) and even scheduling conflicts with actors they want to hire for the film.
While they don’t mention a wrap date this would also suggest it completing filming around mid-to-late November or early December, that’s just my own speculation give previous information from ProductionWeekly stated that it would wrap on October 18th.
The film’s script has undergone rewrites from screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, whose credits include Iron Man, Men In Black: International, and Punisher: War Zone.
TheWrap recently reported that Charlie’s Angels actor Noah Centineo is in talks for the lead role of He-Man in the film, which is a little odd given the hero was previously played by Dolph Lundgren in the 1987 film and is known to have a large hulking stature in a majority of the imagery of the character. I’m curious if they’re going to have Noah play Prince Adam and then hire another larger actor to play He-Man when he transforms, not unlike Billy Batson in Shazam!.
If Masters of The Universe finally gets cameras rolling in August we suspect that more casting announcements are going to be coming very soon.
Sony Pictures had previously given Masters of The Universe a release date of December 20th, 2020. However, considering that it would be going head-to-head against James Cameron’s Avatar 2, I get the impression Sony will move that date in the coming months.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT