It’s back to the drawing board for Sony in their hunt for a director for Masters Of The Universe. Variety is reporting that David S Goyer, who had been in talks with the studio to direct their planned live action adaption of the toy and cartoon franchise has dropped out of those discussions citing other commitments.
Previously, Goyer had written a screenplay draft for the project that the studio liked enough over to want to get him behind the camera to direct as well. However, Sony has a planned December 2019 release date set for the film and Goyer is already at work on Foundation, a mini-series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s classic trio of science-fiction novels, The Foundation Trilogy.
Goyer’s involvement isn’t completely severed with the project. The studio will still be using his script and thanks to that he will get an Executive Producer credit as well.
Sony was moving fairly quickly towards getting a cast in place. Presumably casting has been placed on hold while a replacement director is found.
The Masters Of The Universe has been a property that has been in development for years, first at Warner Brothers before moving to its current home at Sony. Over the years a number of creatives including John Woo, John Stevenson, Jon M Chu, Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow, Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, Justin Marks, Evan Daugherty, and Adam Rifkin have all worked on trying to get the franchise back up on the big screen.