MCG Talks He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe Villain, Tone, And More

He-Man Masters of Universe

McG's reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has been a bit of a mystery thus far, as we know next to nothing about it, including any cast affiliations or story beats.

In a recent interview with IGN however, the Director let down his guard a bit to talk about a few details pertaining to his next big project, including what the status of the film is at this time.

"It's a very exciting moment for Masters of the Universe. We have a big meeting with Sony regarding prep of the movie on Wednesday. And we're in the middle of a bit of a script polish, and it's my absolute passion. I'm laser-focused on that being my next film. But I mean, you know how it works in contemporary filmmaking. You really, really have to earn the good will of the parent studio, and Tom Rothman runs a tight ship at Sony, and we're going to get there. I'm so happy to report that to the fans."

Next McG addressed the tone that the he's going for with this new version of the franchise, and is taking notes with what HBO and Marvel are doing with their respective franchises.

"I think we want 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. 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. How's that sound?"

You can't have a hero without a superb villain, though, and they don't come much more iconic than Skeletor. McG is fully aware of this.

"By the way, to me: Vader, Gruber, Skeletor. That's how powerful the antagonist is to me. Maybe I'm just a weirdo. No, but, for real. I think that's how important Skeletor is to the world."

When asked if it would be a CGI character, McG added that "I'm doing the [makeup] testing right now. Right now." He also addressed how he will cast the important role.


"As Skeletor? I think the characters are bigger than any given actor. I think the right actor is going to be what's most important. I'm not really hung up on, "Oh, it's got to be a star." I just want someone who's right for it. I enjoy working with big movie stars. I enjoy working with discoveries. We're going to do what's right, so it embodies the energy. Skeletor needs to be an incredible menace. I really think -- again -- I mean it when I say Vader, Gruber, Skeletor."

Hopefully, we'll hear some good news on the production front soon.