McG Calls "Masters of the Universe" Movie His "Absolute Passion"

"Terminator Salvation" director McG is "laser-focused" on the long-brewing "Masters of the Universe" being his next film.

Talking with IGN during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, the filmmaker referred to the project as his "absolute passion," saying wants "to honor the fan base, first and foremost."

"We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment,"McG continued. "That it's both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero's journey. It's the genesis of He-Man, it's the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We're not going to stop until we get it right. Listen, I love that movie with Frank [Langella] and Dolph [Lundgren]. I watch it, and it's a tremendous pleasure for me to watch. I'm raised on the toys, and I'm down at Mattel all the time. We're just really focused on getting it right. I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we're all cognizant of what's going on with 'Game of Thrones.' It's incredible. We're cognizant of what's going on in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' James Gunn's doing a great job. We're going to try to answer the call and take it higher."

Although "Twilight" star Kellen Lutz teased in June that he'd met with McG about "Masters of the Universe," the director said casting for the Sony Pictures film hasn't begun.

"He'll be considered very, very closely. We haven't gotten to the casting process yet," he said. "Kellan's a good guy, and we had a great meeting, and he's passionate about He-Man, he's passionate about the Adam story. He really knows a lot about it. I was charmed by his focus and intensity. He'll be considered very, very carefully. We're just not there yet. We've got to get the movie on its feet, then we'll cast the movie."

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