Talks between Sony Pictures and David S. Goyer to direct the Masters of the Universe reboot have fallen through.
Although the director gave the studio a draft for the film last fall, Goyer will be unable to direct the movie due to a scheduling conflict, as he's currently working on a mini-series adapting Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Goyer will remain involved with the project as an executive producer and screenwriter.
Sony has worked to get a new Masters of the Universe film off the ground since 2009, with Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) circling the project in 2012. McG was previously slated to direct the film, but stepped aside in early 2017. Goyer worked as a screenwriter on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel, and his directing include Blade: Trinity and The Unborn.
Based on the popular Mattel action figure line of the same name, the original Masters of the Universe live-action film starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, which saw him travel from his home of Eternia to Earth in order to stop his nemesis Skeletor from using the Cosmic Key for evil means. There was also an animated series based on the toys, which ran from 1983 to 1985. Details on the new Masters of the Universe film have yet to be revealed, including who will pick up the Power Sword to become He-Man.
Masters of the Universe is scheduled to arrived in theaters on Dec. 18, 2019.