Netflix may be the answer to Sony’s Masters of the Universe dilemma.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, talks are underway between Sony Pictures and the streaming giant to make the long-in-development MotU film a Netflix exclusive. The report suggests Sony needs to bolster earnings in the wake of Men In Black International‘s weak performance. And despite the studio’s confidence in the current iteration of the MotU project — to be directed by Adam and Aaron Nee and feature Nick Centineo as He-Man — it is said the sure-fire gain of selling the film to Netflix outright may look better on the ledger than holding out hope it can market the film to boffo box office.
The site goes on to say Sony may end up making more films for Netflix as the streamer is hungry for tentpole-level content and may use the recently revived Tri-Star Pictures unit to facilitate the endeavor.
For Masters of the Universe, this would mean a home along-side the current She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated series and the upcoming Kevin Smith He-Man and the Masters of the Universe continuation. It would also mean Netflix would take on the marketing costs of the film, which may actually prove to be more lucrative for all involved. And for fans, it means a guaranteed opportunity to see finally see a large-scale MotU film.
But as the deal is not yet done, Masters of the Universe is still set for a full theatrical release on March 5th, 2021.