masters of the universe 1987If you haven't already guessed, this week's Movie Club pick was inspired by the recent news that Sony is planninga new Masters of the Universe flick.

Hollywood's first attempt to bring MOTU to the big screen was a major flop, financially and critically. Director Gary Goddard's incredibly tedious low budget He-Man movie failed to make a dent at the box office for studio Cannon upon its release in 1987. It was slammed by critics for its poor action sequences, stock script and characterizations, and overall flat tone. This was not the fantastic live-action adventure the movie's teaser posters had promised.

But there's still hope for a good MOTU movie, or at least a better one, anyway. Sony has hired Predators scribes Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to pen the new version. I have no idea if these guys can write compelling characters or a decent story, but judging by the Predators footage I've seen, they're more than capable of dreaming up some fun and intense action scenes. And technological innovations in the age of Iron Man and Avatar are giving me hope that Hollywood can finally bring the magic of MOTU back to life in high style.

Forgive me if I sound too optimistic, but I'm a big fan of this franchise and I would love to see it come back in a big way with a fantastic new movie. Still, it's likely that the new MOTU film will end up looking more like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra than, say, the previously mentioned Iron Man or Lord of the Rings. But that's OK. I'm sure whatever we end up with will be a hell of a lot better than watching sweaty-pecked Dolph Lundgren shuffle his way through suburbia for ninety minutes.
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