'Masters of the Universe' Director Rumors Heat Up

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The new Masters of the Universe movie has been in and out of development for about as long as it took everyone to get tired of Masters of the Universe in the first place during the toy line/cartoon's '80s heyday, but Sony Pictures hasn't given up -- even after losing director Jon M. Chu last year.

According to Collider (reporting largely on information from the Wrap), the studio has put together a shortlist of potential replacements for Chu, including Harald Zwart, Chris McKay, Mike Cahill, and Jeff Wadlow.

No one at the studio is talking yet, but if it's true, this quartet is a bit of a mixed bag. Cahill is an intriguing choice, given his roots in audaciously conceived low-budget fare like Another Earth, and McKay had a hand in The Lego Movie, which gives him a free pass for his next project. Zwart, however, is the guy behind the Karate Kid reboot, while Wadlow's most recent project is Kick-Ass 2.

It all adds up to a cloudy picture of what Sony's hoping to achieve with the Masters movie. Creative left-field indie spirit, or blockbuster retread? We won't know until someone signs on the dotted line.

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