Jon M. Chu On Dropping Out Of HE-MAN

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu on why he had to drop out of the He-Man & The Masters of the Universe live-action movie. "It was timing. We did so much for Masters, and the script is awesome."

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By Mark Julian - 1/2/2014
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Director Jon M. Chu spoke with Collider to promote his Justin Bieber documentary film, Believe but also touched on G.I. Joe 3 and He-Man & The Masters of the Universe. Chu recently left the director's seat on the He-Man adaptation and shared the reasoning behind that decision, stating, "It was timing. We did so much for Masters, and the script is awesome. I love that project. I would have loved to do it. The problem with Joe is that we have a specific timeline and I need to be on that timeline. Masters wasn’t ready to go, at that moment. And I have a loyalty to G.I. Joe. I don’t feel like I’ve fulfilled the promise I gave, to bring everything I love about Joe to the script. I feel like we did a lot of foundational stuff. We cleared the way. We brought the movie back to life, but at the same time, there’s so much more to do, to make it even better. I learned a lot on the last one, and I want to put that into practice and make this one even better, and make it have life for many, many movies in the future, whether I’m doing them or not."

On the next installment in the Joe franchise, Chu stated, " It’s definitely not about making it bigger ‘cause we went pretty big last time and it didn’t necessarily make it better...I think it’s more about being creative with it and giving the audience something different and new. We’ve had two G.I. Joes now, in two very different ways, and we have to take the lessons that we learned with those two to try to make the best Joe possible. I love G.I. Joe because it’s about heroes. It’s very classic storytelling. There are villains and there are heroes, and there are human beings in the middle of it all, and they have to make choices about their life to become the hero. They have to sacrifice, they have to risk themselves, and they’re fighting for something. I love that it has classic storytelling. I always try to bring that back and try to make it simpler. It doesn’t have to be big, but you have to have more creative fighting and simpler storytelling, so you can enjoy it."

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giannis - 1/2/2014, 3:37 AM
It was a very good timing then.
Bryanavengers - 1/2/2014, 3:37 AM
First and he should just stop Gi.Joe and continue He-Man
sameoldthing - 1/2/2014, 3:38 AM
Good..his work on GI JOE was less than average.
Need a director with some real skill.

MASTERS needs to be epic in scope,a futuristic & yet primitive environment with bizzare characters everywhere.
Need WETA on the CGI stuff.
MarkJulian - 1/2/2014, 3:39 AM
Sounds like even Chu realizes that Retaliation wasn't very good. His willingness to admit that gives me hope for his next Joe film.
MightyZeus - 1/2/2014, 3:44 AM
I guess this is good news. G.I. Joe Retaliation was a bad film but i do give credit to the director for dropping out of He-Man.
BennyFromTheBronx - 1/2/2014, 3:47 AM
So when do they plan on releasing this masters of the universe?
ManDeth - 1/2/2014, 3:54 AM
He-Man should never be live action. It just doesn't work.
And this is all about selling toys, not a movie. But do toys sell enough to even matter? I think the only people buying them are collectors.

These days it seems any CGI movie can do 300-500 Million Worldwide, good or bad. So yeah, it might do 350 Million and be something like Clash Of The Titans so why bother?

Kids of the 2000's don't get their own movies and toys. The get Dads Power Rangers, Transformers, GI Joes. Gramps Star Wars and Star Trek.
Even Marvel and DC stuff is from Granddads generation.

And the 90's is really looking like the decade of nothing to add. Everything is rebooted pre 90's ideas.
StrangerX - 1/2/2014, 3:56 AM
Just get me an actor I can get behind for He-Man, and Kevin Grevioux as Beastman.
iMVuze - 1/2/2014, 3:57 AM
I don't see a movie for He-Man working out but I hope I am wrong.
BenjiWest - 1/2/2014, 3:58 AM
Go BRONCOS!!!!!!!! I JUST WANT A DAMN CENTURIONS FILM.
GUNSMITH - 1/2/2014, 4:14 AM
THANK GAWD I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO SEE HEMAN PLAYED BY FRIGG'N CHANNING TATUM
SuperCat - 1/2/2014, 4:16 AM
Good. It probably would have sucked like the G.I. Joe sequel.

SuperCat - 1/2/2014, 4:28 AM
cnester1 - 1/2/2014, 4:39 AM
MrNiklander - 1/2/2014, 4:39 AM
G I JOE RETALIATION was good!??
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It sucked more ass than the first
JoeMomma29 - 1/2/2014, 4:39 AM
Can we ever get this movie off the ground???????
cnester1 - 1/2/2014, 4:47 AM
Here is my choice for Prince Adam.

superbigguy32 - 1/2/2014, 4:59 AM
GOOD!!! Because G.I.Joe: Retaliation SUCKED!!! Stay away from He-Man. Give it to somebody who knows what the hell they are doing.
supermarioworldE - 1/2/2014, 5:46 AM
Go back to Justin Beiber.
TelaVizion - 1/2/2014, 6:02 AM
G.I. Joe is one franchise I don't want to see go past a trilogy. 1st one was different and cartoony, but only went wrong with some of the character designs (Cobra Commander) and those damn robotic suits.... 2nd was way better than 1st. Now just build off of that, create a great 3rd film and end the live action G.I. Joe world there.
TelaVizion - 1/2/2014, 6:05 AM
If Hollywood would just simply make a He-Man movie, they would have no problems. But they keep mixing it with real modern day and stuff.

You don't mix Conan with modern real world stuff, and you shouldn't with He-Man. Follow the added storyline from the Cartoon Network series that came out (done by the original story creator for He-Men), and make a great movie from that.
CaptShipwreck - 1/2/2014, 6:57 AM
They need a really female looking twink guy to play prince Adam ....
Best twink would be Stephen Amell for prince Adam
JoeMomma29 - 1/2/2014, 7:30 AM
LMAO! Look at CaptShipwreck obsession with Stephen Amell!
Danbojohnj - 1/2/2014, 8:07 AM
GI Joe need more recognizable Joe's not just generic Hollywood actors.
User1134 - 1/2/2014, 8:51 AM
Either Make Tha Damn Movie Or Shut The Hell Up About It....DAMN!
SunfireUrA55 - 1/2/2014, 9:24 AM
The Joe movie was done right for the "summer" movie tone. Stop your whining people and understand the context. It was a fun film for the summer and that equals to success in Hollywood.

Looking forward to the next one.
TheDarkKnightSlap - 1/2/2014, 9:53 AM
Good. Now drop out of anything GI Joe related as well, asshole.
BlackIceJoe - 1/2/2014, 10:19 AM
I would prefer a He-Man movie over another GI Joe film. The world of He-Man is really big. I am surprised no video game maker has not licensed the IP to make a video game of He-Man. Imagine what a RPG game like Bethesda did with Elder Scrolls or what Obsidian did with Fallout 1 & 2. Another thing would be an open world action adventure game like Grand Theft Auto but instead being in the He-Man universe. Plus even a hack & slash game like God of War would work.

I so would like to see a He-Man movie there is a lot of potential. It could be big in scope like The Lord of the Rings movies. If something like that then I could see it doing really well.

I also want him to not do GI Joe 3. Call me crazy but I enjoyed the first one more. Also the next GI Joe film needs to bring a lot of people back from the first movie.

Plus they need to find a way for Sgt Slaughter to be in the film too,
shangho - 1/2/2014, 12:53 PM
Introduce Golobulous,Nemesis Enforcer and Serpentor in the next Joe (actually make it about the creation of Serpentor) and i'd sit through it.Otherwise just cut your losses Chu.
chuckg313 - 1/2/2014, 3:00 PM
I find it ridiculous that he has made two films that suck and they are letting him make a thrid...keep him away from He-Man.
JorEllinator - 1/3/2014, 3:52 AM
Scrap He-Man and make Captain Marvel/Shazam, the guy He-Man ripped off!
JorEllinator - 1/3/2014, 3:54 AM
GI Joe wasn't bad, it was just a mindless action movie.
MarVell - 1/3/2014, 8:39 AM
GIFfreyGinsberg - 1/3/2014, 9:46 AM
They were both sub par movies. Why continue on with him? If you're going to go ahead and make..., nevermind.., why do I bother?

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