Entertainment Weekly reports that McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Terminator Salvation”), who only last summer referred to the film as his “absolute passion,” is no longer attached to the project, leaving the studio to search for a replacement. The website also reveals that David S. Goyer (“Batman Begins,” “Man of Steel”) is writing the script.
The reboot, set to arrive more than three decades after the Dolph Lundgren film, has been in the works at Sony since 2009, with director Jon M. Chu circling the project in 2012. When that didn’t pan out, the studio began its search anew, with McG boarding the project early last year.
It’s not yet known whether Goyer will work from the previous draft, believed to have been written by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch.
According to EW, casting is under way, with “A-List” talent sought to fill out the cast. “Twilight” veteran Kellan Lutz was previously rumored to be in talks to play He-Man, with the actor even teasing a meeting with McG last year. However, the director later clarified they had yet to begin casting.
“Masters of the Universe” is targeted for release on Dec. 18, 2019.