It's been quite some time since we've heard anything about director Jon M. Chu's Masters of the Universe, and it seems that project might be put on the back burner, in favor of G.I. Joe 3. We reported last month that the filmmaker signed on to direct the sequel, which Paramount wants to put on the fast track, leaving the status of Masters of the Universe in question. Here's what the director had to say about both projects, discussing the early designs they have completed for Masters of the Universe and much more.

"I think that what helps us is knowing what we do in Joe and knowing that Masters has to be very different and has to feel very different, but the script for Masters of the Universe is what really hooked me. I love Masters of the Universe, but I didn't know necessarily how to make it into a movie until I read the script and thought, 'Oh my gosh, I totally see it. I get how this is going to shake it up, I get how this is different from any other thing,' and it got me really really excited. We're still working on that one and Joe has momentum right now. The audience has been great and they want another one, so we're rushing to get that done and Dwayne (Johnson) has a certain time period so it may end up that Joe goes first in all those things and I don't know if Masters of the Universe will wait for me or where that's going to end up. But right now it's been great. We've been designing a ton of stuff for Masters of the Universe as a really beautiful, grounded, honest world - that's the best way I can describe it. It's everything you want Masters of the Universe to be in terms of the fantasy but not in a way theatrical crazy way. It is actually a gorgeous world that we're doing in the initial visual concepts that we've been making."
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The director wouldn't exactly confirm that Dwayne Johnson has signed on to return as Roadblock, but it seems they are moving forward with the hope that he will return to lead the G.I. Joes on another mission.

"I can't confirm or deny the reports. But yeah we're continuing and of course the Rock is our leader and much of what he displays is what G.I. Joe and what the future G.I. Joe will be, but we're trying to figure all that stuff out right now."

We'll have to wait and see what this means for Masters of the Universe, which was written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), Michael Finch and Alex Litvak (Predators).