Following nearly a decade in development hell, the live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe is finally picking up steam.
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, directors Aaron and Adam Nee (Band of Robbers) have signed a contract to helm the project and reboot the cult franchise alongside screenwriter David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and others.
Masters of the Universe was originally scheduled to begin principal photography in Europe this month but it appears that the production slate has been pushed back by a bit. Since the movie has found its directors, there is no reason why filming should not begin by next month at the latest.
The premise centers on He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, and his close allies as they band together to defend Eternia and Castle Grayskull from the evil clutches of Skeletor.
Sony Pictures obtained movie rights to the franchise back in 2009 but a troubled journey meant that the project was more or less kept on a dusty shelf for all these years. It was not until last year when the top brass shifted gears to search for someone to write the script and direct the reboot.
Masters of the Universe is slated to arrive in theaters on December 18, 2019. However, the release date could possibly be delayed into early 2020.
Elsewhere for the franchise, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will feature in a new miniseries inbound for Injustice. Batman will cross dimensions to forge an alliance with the champions of Eternia in order to take down the tyrannical reign of Superman. The setting pits two powerful characters with unmatched strength (from different universes) against each other. Who do you think will prevail, He-Man or Superman?