Tuesday, July 31, 2012

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director, Jon Chu, in talks for He-Man reboot

What an ongoing saga!  He-Man: Masters of the Universe may have started as a toy (much like the Transformers did), but has blossomed into much more (much like the Transformers did).  He-Man has been adapted into everything from cartoons, to a live-action motion picture starring Dolph Lundgren.  A live-action reboot has been in development for almost a decade; at one point Brad Pitt himself was rumored to be starring in the film.

Today comes a bit more concrete news.  Jon Chu, director of the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is in talks to reboot the shirtless hero.  Chu's claim to fame came way of the Step Up sequels, as well as the Justin Bieber documentary, Never Say Never.  What do you think?  I'll tell you what I think...

Based SOLELY on the Step Up sequels and the G.I. Joe trailers, he'll be an acceptable choice.  Chu has a distinct style that has shown through on his very short resume of films.  I think he'll be able to create a dark and gritty world for fans that have grown up with He-Man.  And stars seem to want to work with Chu.  He had no trouble recruiting actos for 'Joe', and should have no problem with He-Man either.

You see, He-Man is exactly the type of property the studios are looking for.  Something with a built in audience (past and present), and can possibly be the jumping off point for a franchise.  I wonder who would/could play the hero?  What about Liam Hemsworth?  Or Thor's younger brother in real life, if you will.  Hemsworth actually looks the part of more modern versions of He-Man.  More so than his older brother, Chris.  Elder brother Chris is already a part of multiple franchises including Thor, The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsmen, he doesn't need the work.  What do you think about Chu directing?  Or my idea for casting Liam Hemsworth?  Let me know in the comments!

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