Blockbuster filmmaker McG (Terminator: Salvation, Charlie’s Angels) is promising big things with his big screen adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and recently opened up about what fans can expect from the project.
In an interview with IGN, McG described the film as his ‘absolute passion’, and that he is working hard to create something that will honour the fans and the love that they have for the source material.
While discussing the tone of the film and what it might contain, McG highlighted the current status of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a touchstone:
“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. 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,” McG commented.
It’s interesting to note that the director made specific mention to both the success of Marvel Studios and Game of Thrones, as well as the passion of James Gunn in relation to the adaptation. This gives us an interesting insight into the film’s creative development which will no doubt be serious and adult with the implication of GOT, but will still contain the fun and energy of the original series, with the possibility of characters like the whimsical and lovable Orko.
In the same interview, McG also talked about actor Kellan Lutz who was discussing the project on his social media channels a couple of months back, and insinuated that he was in talks for the role. While McG confirmed that he had spoken with Lutz, he was very clear that casting has not been nailed down yet, but that he still appreciates the former Twilight actor’s passion for the project.
“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.”
If Lutz is cast it will finally give him the barbarian character that he has always wanted to portray. Lutz has been keen on this type of character for a while and was on the shortlist for the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian, but lost the role to Jason Momoa. But only time will tell how this one goes.