Were you a fan of Roland Emmerich's 1992 sci-fi flick Universal Soldier? We were—and even though the filmed spawned a few mediocre sequels, we still have fond memories of the original one starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. And now it's going to be rebooted for TV.
Deadline has just revealed that there are currently plans to bring Universal Soldier to the small screen:
Those of you who cheered when Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren went mano-a-mano in Roland Emmerich's 1992 sci-flick Universal Soldier will be pleased to know that it is being rebooted as a TV series.
Damian Kindler (Stargate, Sanctuary) is writing the show, which will be produced by FremantleMedia North America, the U.S. arm of the London-based TV producer. Allen Shapiro and Craig Baumgarten, who produced the original movie, will be executive producers.
Shapiro is currently chairman of TV Guide Network and was a founder of Mosaic Media Group, while Baumgarten's movie credits include Hook and Shattered Glass. Baumgarten has a long track record as a studio executive including stints at Paramount, Columbia, Fox and Lorimar.
The film starred a kickass Jean-Claude Van Damme—then at the height of his popularity—as a dead (yes, you read right — dead) Viet-Nam war hero who faced off against another dead Viet-Nam vet who was quite insane (that's 'cause he cut Viet-cong's ears and such things) and was played by Dolph Lundgren.
The basic story went like this: Government uses the bodies of dead soldiers in a secret Army experiment including cryogenics, computer implants and physical alterations to turn them into perfect little soldier boys. Everything goes smooth until two of them (Van Damme and Lundgren) regain their memories. The two were former mortal enemies in Nam a few decades back so they start beating the crap out of each other, again. The good one wins. Ta-da!
We don't know about you, but we think that it's rather a cool piece of news. We just hope they can do something along the lines of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and make a show that's rich in terms of mythology and story.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about Universal Soldier being turned into a TV series, or do you think it's a crap idea?
(via Comic Book Movie)