The big screen reboot of the classic cartoon and toy line Masters of the Universe has been in development for many years, but it now seems to be closer to actually happening. Following the announcement of a release date earlier this year, it has been reported that a director may have been found.
According to The Wrap, David S. Goyer is in talks to helm the movie. Goyer is mostly known as a writer, having worked on the scripts for a variety of films for DC, including Man of Steel, The Dark Knight, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As a director, he previously helmed Blade: Trinity and the horror movie The Unborn.
Goyer was already involved with writing the Masters of the Universe reboot, so it is not surprising that he might also take on directing duties. The last director to be associated with the movie was Terminator: Salvation director McG, but he has since left the project. In August 2015, it was reported that Thor writer Christopher Yost was working on the script, but it is unknown what stage this reached. The film is currently scheduled for a 2019 release.
Mattel launched the Masters of the Universe toy line in 1982, creating a mythology about the conflict between good and evil on the planet of Eternia. A cartoon based on the property, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ran for two years, in addition to a comic book series, a spinoff animation called She-Ra: Princess of Power, and a number of video games.
In 1987, Cannon Films produced a live-action movie version, starring Dolph Lundgren as muscle-bound hero He-Man. By that point, however, the popularity of Masters of the Universe was in decline, and the toys were discontinued the following year. Subsequent attempts to revive the franchise included a new toy line and a short-lived second animated series in the early 2000s.