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Universal Soldier to become a TV show, likely a bad one

10.03.2011by:

Remember UNIVERSAL SOLDIER? That kinda good 1992 movie with Jean Claude Van-Damme and Dolph Lundgren that inexplicably launched a franchise of pretty terrible sequels? Heck, JCVD and Dolph just wrapped a 3D reboot subtitled A NEW DIMENSION that will be released next year.

And now, after a number of crummy sequels, we'll be getting a UNIVERSAL SOLIDER TV show. FremantleMedia, billed as Europe's second largest TV production company, has acquired the TV rights to UNIVERSAL SOLIDER and will develop a "global television property." Damian Kindler, "Stargate: Atlantis," will oversee the series for the studio.

SOLDIER is Fremantle's first foray into sci-fi or action as they mostly produce game shows like "American Idol" or "The X-Factor." Maybe they can have a "The Real Universal Soldier" reality show where they pick the star of the TV series?

Producers claim this series will be a "bold new way" to update the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER franchise. But how does this conflict with the upcoming movie - which stars Van Damme and Lundgren - and is considering itself a bod new way to update the franchise? Does this new series take place within official UNIVERSAL SOLDIER canon? Does such a thing even exist? (It actually does and only three of the five movies are considered "canon"...)

There's a very good chance this series will be terrible (two of the film's sequels were actually intended to be TV pilots and even those were terrible) but do you think you'll give it a chance?

Source: JoBlo.com

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10:25AM on 10/03/2011
Regeneration was the best sequel.
Regeneration was the best sequel.
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10:56AM on 10/03/2011

Whatever

As long as they don't forget the cliche electronic doodad over just one eye, thereby ruining your peripheral vision. Never understood how that's supposed to help. Wouldn't you want both eyes or none? Just saying. It doesn't look cool, it just looks like you didn't finish putting your head on this morning.
As long as they don't forget the cliche electronic doodad over just one eye, thereby ruining your peripheral vision. Never understood how that's supposed to help. Wouldn't you want both eyes or none? Just saying. It doesn't look cool, it just looks like you didn't finish putting your head on this morning.
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11:00AM on 10/03/2011
A bit of a judgemental bit of writing there Mike, how about reserving judgement until we actually see an episode or two? :) Who would have known that Stargate would make such a good series based off just one adequate film? You may be proven right one day, but who knows, they could do a good job of it and it could be awesome.
A bit of a judgemental bit of writing there Mike, how about reserving judgement until we actually see an episode or two? :) Who would have known that Stargate would make such a good series based off just one adequate film? You may be proven right one day, but who knows, they could do a good job of it and it could be awesome.
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11:02AM on 10/03/2011
It sounds awful, but hey, on paper the idea of a Terminator show also sounded awful, but it turned out a lot better than than the last couple of films.
It sounds awful, but hey, on paper the idea of a Terminator show also sounded awful, but it turned out a lot better than than the last couple of films.
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12:34PM on 10/03/2011
The Exec Producers are smoking crack.
The Exec Producers are smoking crack.
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5:04PM on 10/03/2011

Yeah....

If anyone has seen Universal Soldier II - Brothers in Arms and Universal Solider III - Unfinished Business you know what we're in for...
If anyone has seen Universal Soldier II - Brothers in Arms and Universal Solider III - Unfinished Business you know what we're in for...
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11:06PM on 10/03/2011
Yeah, Mike, you oughta give Regeneration a try. Arguably the best Universal Soldier film IMO.
Yeah, Mike, you oughta give Regeneration a try. Arguably the best Universal Soldier film IMO.
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