McG, the director best known for the Charlie’s Angels films and executive producing shows like The O.C. and Supernatural, is currently in talks to direct a live-action movie version of Masters of the Universe, according to sources close to the project.
The Masters of the Universe franchise began as a line of toys in the early ’80s, and became a successful comic and TV show, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The cartoon premiered in 1983 and aired until 1985, when a spinoff series titled She-Ra: Princess of Power took its place.
Two years later, in 1987, Gary Goddard directed a Masters of the Universe film starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. The movie was panned by critics and only grossed $17.3 million.
News of a new film first surfaced in 2009, but production has been moving slowly since: The movie has gone through multiple writers, the most recent being Thor’s Christopher Yost, who came on in 2015.
Deadline first reported the news of McG’s involvement.