Universal Soldier, the film that saw Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren beat the living hell out of each other is getting a reboot.
That’s according to Richard Wenk, the writer of Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer, who let the cat out of the bag during an interview with Discussing Film.
Outlining his plans for the project, Wenk said:
“I will say that I’m just finishing up a re-imagining – let’s be clear about this it’s not a remake and it is not a redo – but it is a re-imagining of a movie called Universal Soldier…Very much like The Equalizer, it’s the title that inspired me and not the movies…I’m just about to finish [the script] and turn it in this week.”
There’s no word yet on whether Van Damme or Lundgren will return – though it wouldn’t be the first time either of the two actors have returned to the franchise.
Van Damme starred in the sequel, Universal Soldier: The Return, which bombed at the box office.
Both Lundgren and Van Damme also returned for the straight-to-DVD follow-ups 2009’s Universal Soldier: Regeneration and 2012’s Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.
Released back in 1992, Universal Soldier saw the two actors playing deceased Vietnam vets resurrected as part of a top-secret government super soldier programme
The pair soon began experiencing flashbacks of their former lives though, culminating in a violent showdown.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film was a modest hit upon release in 1992 and spawned multiple sequels.
There have technically been six Universal Soldier movies to date: three official sequels and two unofficial straight-to-TV ones involving none of the original cast and crew.
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