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    New Release Date: March 5, 2021 for Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe film

    Updated October 10, 2019:

    Studio Dilemma: Risk a Box Office Flop, or Sell to Netflix?

    After developing its He-Man franchise for years, Sony may take its 'Masters of the Universe' film direct to the streamer.
    Call it Tom's Choice. Like all the major studios, Sony Pictures is questing for new franchises — and after years of development, it might have one with the He-Man movie Masters of the Universe.

    But while the picture is on the calendar for release in March 2021, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that studio chairman Tom Rothman is exploring the prospect of getting risk-free cash for the pricey project by making it for Netflix instead. A studio source says talks are preliminary, but such a deal would make Sony the next studio after Paramount to start making movies belonging exclusively or almost exclusively to the streamer.

    So there's the dilemma: seek a studio or financier to partner on the project, holding on to various rights and territories, or make the safe deal with Netflix (which would not seem quite so safe if the film were a huge hit and it already was sold). Studios selling to streamers is an accelerating trend: Paramount is looking into dedicating a division to that purpose, while a source with knowledge of the situation says Sony's TriStar label is devoting resources to stream*ing deals. And indie studio A24 inked a multi-year agreement in 2018 to produce a slate of films for Apple.

    Even Warners may sell to outsiders despite its parent, WarnerMedia, allocating massive resources to its own streaming service, HBO Max. Disney and Universal are likely to sit this out for now, making movies for their own services, Disney+ (launching Nov. 12) and Peacock (debuting in April 2020).

    As for the others, says a rep involved in a number of deals, "They have this backlog of films that isn’t going to get made and released theatrically." After long seeing Netflix as the enemy, this person says, studios "are turning around and saying, 'Let’s join ‘em. We can’t beat ‘em.'" Meanwhile, Netflix is said to be looking to make a quality tentpole a quarter with international appeal, creating a healthy demand.

    Sony has been developing Masters of the Universe since 2007, perhaps making it that much less appealing to sell given that the studio finally has a version that it wants to make. But Netflix has the series She-Ra and The Princesses of Power plus an upcoming Kevin Smith He-Man anime series. The Netflix negotiation is being handled for now by newly upped Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group co-president Sanford Panitch.

    According to sources, Sony wants to bolster its bottom line, in part following a significant loss on reboot Men in Black: International. At an internal meeting in early October, sources say Josh Greenstein, co-president of the group, raised concerns that the studio has spent too much on marketing, especially on titles that appeared to face headwinds leading up to release.

    The Sony talks come just a month after it sold off Harbinger, an adaptation of a Valiant Entertainment comic starring superpowered teens. While the terms of the deal aren’t known, Harbinger was meant to go into production this summer or fall.

    This year, Sony has had a major theatrical hit with Spider-Man: Far from Home (co-produced with Disney’s Marvel studios), which grossed $1.3 billion worldwide. And, after a public parting over a deal gone south, Disney and Sony are back in business for a third Spider-Man film, slated for 2021. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the year's top-grossing original film at $360 million.


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    Hopefully, this one sticks.

    According to the latest press release from Sony Pictures, March 5, 2021 is the new release date for the live-action Masters of the Universe film. Initially, Deadline listed two other films that are slated for release on the same date as Masters, an untitled Universal Event Film and Noelle Stevenson's animated "Nimona" from Fox, but have since updated to include the new Warner Bros. film that is based on the Mortal Kombat video games.

    Noah Centineo is still attached to star as He-Man. Adam and Aaron Nee are directing and have screenwriting credits. The script was rewritten by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum who are known for "Iron Man." Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch from Escape Artists are serving as producers.

    Deadline.com:
    Sony Pictures has set a March 5, 2021, release date for Masters of the Universe, the latest film adaptation of a Mattel toy line. The film originally had been slated for Christmastime this year.

    Noah Centineo is set to play He-Man in live-action Columbia Pictures movie based on the 1980s action figures that spawned an animated TV show and a 1987 feature with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. Adam and Aaron Nee are attached to direct the pic and are writing the script with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

    Plot details about the new film aren’t know, but He-Man — as any child of the ’80s could tell you — a muscular medieval guy who is trying to ward off the nasty Skeletor and his dark armies as both good and evil fight for control of Castle Grayskull.

    As of now, Masters of the Universe will battle against Fox’s animated Nimona and an Untitled Universal Event Film on that weekend.

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    This is so awesome, I can't wait to see the new Masters Of The Universe movie! It's going to be awesome!
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    Sooo far away. I hope it gets moved to an earlier date.

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    I doubt it will get moved to an earlier date unless by a week or two. I don't view Noelle Stevenson's Nimona as stiff competition. I'm not sure what Universal's movie is, but I could see that film moving particularly since Universal has a 2/26 movie as well. With no Avatar 2 anymore, December 2020 might have worked, but I expect more big films for then will be announced besides Coming to America 2, The Croods 2, and Cruella. A March 2021 date leaves some wiggle room as far as any production delays. This will likely be a heavy special effects movie, so that takes extra time as well.

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    Sounds like a good date to release the movie, less competition and also it gives them enough time to make it. I'd hate the film to be rushed. and the release date brought forward.
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    Nice to see a solid release date!

    Hopefully we'll get a Skeletor casting announcement soon.
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    Mark your calendars and save the date.

    Only 658 DAYS until release day.

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    It’s a good release date. Sony has done well to nab it early. There isn't really any major competition, and most importantly, its not going up against a MCU film. Blockbuster season starts in March now. My guess is that SDCC 2020 will be very MOTU-heavy. That will likely be where the first bit of footage is released. Good thing, also, is that it will have a good solid year and a half of post-production. To have so long is a rarity in this day and age.
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    That’s almost two years from now, lets just hope release date doesn’t get pushed back even further

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    Should coincide nicely with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the vintage toy line.

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    Haha. Warner Bros has just announced that the new Mortal Kombat film will release on March 5 2021. I'm not worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krueger View Post
    Haha. Warner Bros has just announced that the new Mortal Kombat film will release on March 5 2021. I'm not worried.
    Mortal Kombat has actually been more relevant and popular than MOTU so I could actually see it doing more business, especially if the cast is right.

    Of course the same could be said of MOTU if they round it out with some big names lol

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    Mortal Kombat would appeal directly to the same demographic that would watch MOTU. People born between 1975 to 1985 is the main demographic of the original fanbase for both franchises. The same kids who played with He-Man toys in the '80s were into video games like Mortal Kombat in the '90s. Mortal Kombat is a bunch of muscle bound warriors who fight each other in costumes that wouldn't be out of place on Eternia. It is the same visual aesthetic.

    I would almost rather go up against some cruddy Star Wars reboot and cash in on the "Star Wars fatigue" than complete with a movie that will directly cannibalize our demographic.

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    New Masters of the Universe and Mortal Kombat movie in March 2021? As a big fan of both franchises ( MK is my second favorite video game series - just behind The Legend of Zelda ) this is just...I have no words to describe this awesomeness!!!

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    Basically, this is a classic game of Hollywood chicken. Who's gonna blink first? Someone will. It’s all about that first trailer and the buzz that ensues thereafter. SDCC 2020 is about to get very interesting, as both films will probably have a big presence. If Mortal Kambat goes for an R rating (or 15 in the UK), that will make a huge difference. And I wouldn't really say they're going after the exact same audience. Yes, there will be crossover, but MOTU will also be going for families and kids. Mortal Kombat almost certainly won't go for the kiddies. I may just be a biased MOTU fan, but really, I'm not concerned. I think MOTU has a lot more going for it in order to please the general audience, and the GA is key.

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    I just hope they do a decent job. The guys (ugh) who did the Jem movie claimed to be fans and to listen to fans and look what a dumpster fire that turned out to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krueger View Post
    Haha. Warner Bros has just announced that the new Mortal Kombat film will release on March 5 2021. I'm not worried.
    Inevitably one of them is going to change the date ,at least one or two weeks forward. Similar audience,both need a re-install,they shouldn't hurt each other.
    The Aquaman/Bumblebee experience should be considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krueger View Post
    ...SDCC 2020 is about to get very interesting...
    Mattel is going to have a movie motu presence at SDCC 2019, in July. Obviously they won’t have footage ready, but toy prototypes? Concept art?

    It’s enough that Mattel isn’t letting Super7 do their Skeletors Lair booth at SDCC this year. Actually Brian Flynn said they can’t do anything motu at SDCC 2019 at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    This is so awesome, I can't wait to see the new Masters Of The Universe movie! It's going to be awesome!
    Yes you can. Already you've been waiting like 17 years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creedog View Post
    Mattel is going to have a movie motu presence at SDCC 2019, in July. Obviously they won’t have footage ready, but toy prototypes? Concept art?

    It’s enough that Mattel isn’t letting Super7 do their Skeletors Lair booth at SDCC this year. Actually Brian Flynn said they can’t do anything motu at SDCC 2019 at all.
    I was also expecting some news about the movie at SDCC! But Mattels event could be MOTU relatet without a movie...

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    Yeah I think either MK or MOTU will move away from that date. With an MCU movie coming out in Feb 2021 (likely Black Panther 2), I imagine one of these movies will move into a later date in March.

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    I'll believe it when I see it. I've heard movie talk for about 10 years now.

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    Not a single “oh that gives Noah plenty of time to roid up!” comment.

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    Whatever happens, there's still plenty of room to manoeuvre. April 2021 is very sparse as of now, for example. I think Mortal Kombat has a higher hill to climb, TBH. A first-time director (he hasn't done a single film, but loads of commercials), and the main story synopsis sounds cheesy as hell. Still, its not wise to be complacent. MOTU also has to climb a hill, but I do think it could target more people and be generally more appealing to the masses. The first trailer and the buzz that ensues is key. We all saw what happened with Sonic. I think if Sony comes out with a safe, generic movie they could be in trouble. Hopefully the Nee brothers deliver something with personality and charm. They definitely seem like they are capable of doing that. So we'll see.

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