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Wait... UNIVERSAL SOLDIER IV? More Van Damme vs. Lundgren? IN 3-D?!?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Somewhere Vern popped a boner at this news... and I can't blame him. I wasn't goofy gonzo in love with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION, but that final fight between Van Damme and Lundgren was epic. Out of Cannes, THR reports that not only are Lundgren and Van Damme back, but they're going to be back in threeeeeee diiiimmmmeeeennnnssssiiiooonnnnsss! I'm not the world's biggest proponent of 3-D, but I love a well done gimmicky genre use of the tech. Tongue in cheek, over the top action... yeah. Although fast movement doesn't translate well to 3-D, so director John Hyams might have his hands full making that work. Filming begins in October! Can't wait to read Vern's review! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • May 13, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    No more 3-D

    by MrLongbaugh

  • May 13, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    No more 3-D

    by MrLongbaugh

  • May 13, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    But 3D direct to DVD? This can't be going theatrical.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 13, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Coming soon to a cinema near you...

    by johnwalanp

    ...'My Ass' in 3D!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeez, talk about jumping on the bandwagon. So is 2D a dead artform then? I loved UniSol: Regeneration, it was straightforward, good quality, top notch action for a Direct to DVD movie. It was perfectly balanced (even if Dolph's role was a bit too short for my liking), and a movie you can watch repeatedly. But does it warrant a 3D follow-up?? Plus, without giving it away, how are they going to resurrect a certain character...AGAIN???!!!

  • May 13, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Can't believe JCVD turned down Expendables

    by MJDeViant

    And now he's doing these things. I actually didn't mind the last Universal Soldier, but still, I'd rather he joined Sly's movie. I hear they are working on a sequel to the Expendables already (probably if it makes money) so here's hoping they get him, Norris, Segal, and Joe Don Baker from Mitchell!!!!!! MITCHELL!*pardon me* MITCHELL!

  • May 13, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • May 13, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    The GA are going to be confused as hell.

    by UltimaRex

    "Oh yeah Universal Solder... I remember that- What? 4? Where's 2 and 3?" Y'see, your average moviegoer are not geeks like us. Though I guess it'll be titled Universal Solder Returns or something like that...

  • May 13, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Hey, why not?

    by Knuckleduster

    This will put 3D where it thrives: good B-movies. <p> As for Van Damme, I'm glad he said no to The Expendables, because he was busy making the great JCVD. I now have new respect for the guy. It would be cool if he could be in the sequel, though (kicking Seagal's ass).

  • May 13, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    There was a Universal Soldier 3?

    by ccRider66

  • May 13, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    I'm in love with my ballsack

    by Bathman


  • May 13, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by Umney

    3-D is kiddie shit.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    I loved universal solider regeneration.

    by awesomebri

    I want more... and in 3D why not! People who give out about 3D DONT HAVE TO GO TO THE 3D VERSION!!!! Stop giving out about it!!!

  • May 13, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I remember back when I was 5,

    by JaimeFoxx

    And the first one was cool.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    So the image will have depth but the movie won't.

    by vic twenty

    Sounds like classic 3-D to me!

  • May 13, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I'm all ears!

    by alan_poon

    Whatever happened to Ally Walker? She was so sexy with that husky voice of hers.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    This will actually be UniSol 6

    by SirFlibble

    but who's counting.. I enjoyed Regeneration though

  • May 13, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    2 and 3 dont count cuz they're canadian...least i think thats why. lol

  • May 13, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    sorry for any typos

    by mrbong

    i am doing my best to type this with my left hand as i just have not been able to stop wanking for joy since i heard this wonderful news.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Too old to be soldiers

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

  • May 13, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    Unisol 2&3 were made for TV Unisol movies and are not considered part of the JCVD franchise. Same name and all that good stuff, but the main franchise doesn't consider them as a part of cannon. So essentially it's two franchises, the JCVD Unisols and the TV movies. Still it's all good and I really enjoyed Regeneration as well, it was actually a good brutal action flick, so heres hoping for more goodness. Though the 3D thing is kind of annoying for a DTV flick.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST 3D is the new justification...

    by MJohnson

    ...for shit that wouldn't even be considered for straight to video these days. Nice.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • May 13, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I saw "JCVD" on a bargain bin

    by ricarleite2

    And I thought he should just kill hilmself already. Or OD.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    the third one actually was kinda fun

    by Bathman

    although am i alone in thinking that it ignored the first 2 and just sorta rebooted the franchise with the same actors? It didn't seem to be a sequel at all, more of a reimagining of the idea from the first one<P>I was fine with that since the second one sucks my balls and the first one was never that great anyways

  • May 13, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    ok, which of you assholes asked for this to be made?

    by Gungan Slayer

    Ah who am I kidding. we're all going to watch this. Universal Soldier flick, in 3D? With Damme and Lundgren? start pitching your tents now.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Re: awesomebri

    by ricarleite2

    You are missing the point ENTIRELY. It is not about 3D. I have no issues with this technique. It's just that it's being used as an excuse to push any crap down our throats for an expensive value - and the idiot audiences are following to this trend. It is hard for a studio to do a good film, but very easy to just film shit and push 3D into it so it can increase revenue.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Can the new Riddick be in 3D too!?

    by DrGoodspeed

    It's this 3D shit, and any kind of news involving Paul WS Anderson (short of him getting hit by a bus) that makes me want to put my head through a stained glass window. I love waking up and being annoyed.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    10 years too late

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

  • May 13, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Oleg exists in 4 dimensions

    by Spandau Belly

    And can punch you from all of them.

  • May 13, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Hollywood should convert all Part 3s in film series into 3D

    by Gungan Slayer

    In the grand tradition of Jaws 3-D, Nightmare 3D, Amytiville 3D, Spy Kids 3D, Hollywood should just convert all Part 3s into 3D...think of the possibilities! RUSH HOUR 3-D, HOME ALONE 3-D, THE GODFATHER PART III-D, BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 3-D, FREE WILLY 3D, STAR TREK III-D: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, SAW 3-D (why wait for part 7?), Scary Movie 3-D, SCREAM 3-D (and release it before Scream 4 in 3D comes out--great way to reintroduce the series before the new movie!), Poltergeist III-D, DEATH WISH 3D, Rocky IIID, MISSING IN ACTION 3D, literally, the possibilities are endless!

  • May 13, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Dammit Gungan!

    by Zardozap2005

    Don't give them anymore "bright" ideas! Lol!

  • May 13, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    BTW - Hyams is a promising director. I'd much rather...

    by JuanSanchez

    see him move into bigger pictures - he could definitely do a Bourne movie quite well for instance. But I look forward to seeing what he does in US4.

  • May 13, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Van Damn the 3d trend

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • May 13, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    JCVD vs. DL

    by btc909

    How many times does JCVD have to kick DL a$$? Does JCVD get to be run through the wood chipper this time?

  • May 13, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Quint, PIXAR cancelled "Newt"

    by D.Vader

    Does anyone at AICN care to report on this sad news?

  • May 13, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Universal Retired Vets

    by umbral_shadow_

    wouldn't that be a more apt title now?

  • May 13, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    US 4?

    by professor murder

    To me, this is Universal Soldier 3, because US2 had no Van Damme. Was just a dvd tv movie quality wannabe money maker off the name. Still, Regeneration(the last one that came out earlier this year) was actually pretty good. I don't remember the MMA fighters name who played the bad guy, but these fights were really believable in the pain they tried to show through the camera. I had fun with it.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Netlfix has fucked me out of Regeneration

    by JackSlater4

    2 weeks in a row. It's listed as no wait, now available, but it keeps getting skipped.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Ditko - No, they don't.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    Because that was announced months ago.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by AngrySmurf

    Universal Soldier = Van Damme vs Lundgren, with Ally Walker as sidekick<p>Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms = Burt Reynolds and Gary Busey in dtv cheapie horror with no name replacements in the Van Damme & Lundgren roles<p>Universal Soldier 3: Unfinished Business = Burt Reynolds, Jeff Wincott and no name replacements for the Van Damme and Ally Walker roles.<p>Universal Soldier: The Return = Van Damme vs Michael Jai White and wrestling dude Bill Goldberg in a film almost as bad as the dtv's<p>Universal Soldier Regeneration = Van Damme vs Dolph Lundgren and UFC dude Andrei Arlovski in surprisingly fun b-movie action film (yes, I'd say Hyams jr may indeed have a future)<p>That's right, I have no life. And fuck you for noticing it.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Gimmickry like this cheapens 3D

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Directors like Scorsese, Scott, and Werner Herzog will follow Cameron's lead and put it right again.

  • May 13, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna step out on a limb...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;....<br>and make a BOLD statement....

  • May 13, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Tremble in fear, AICN...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    behold the awsome power of... &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;....<br>BOLDING TECH!!!!

  • May 13, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    JCVD way way done when time came around for the Expendables to start shooting. As a matter of fact, I think it had already been released.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    why he turned down THE EXPENDABLES

    by Vern

    It was reported at the time that he couldn't do it because he had to concentrate on editing THE EAGLE PATH, a movie he directed and starred in. But it also would've conflicted with UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION. That's why Lundgren has a small (but brilliant) part in that one. I can't wait for EXPENDABLES but I think he made the right decision, because REGENERATION is easily one of his best movies.<p> I can see why people would want to talk shit about this, but only if they don't know what they're talking about. If there's an American action movie of the last couple years that's better than REGENERATION I can't think of what it is off the top of my head. That's due to Hyams being a brilliant director and willing to expend maximum effort even though it's just Universal Soldier. The big news here is that Hyams is making another movie. I can't wait to see it.<p> P.s. but I don't get boners for shit like this, Quint. That is a misrepresentation.

  • May 13, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Vern, Regeneration is that good?

    by Gungan Slayer

    Regeneration one of the best action movies of recent times? Really? Seems a bit of a stretch to me....Admittedly I can't say anything because I haven't seen it. Suppose I'll have to get around to it, for the sake of curiosity at least.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Better action movie of the past couple of years...

    by AngrySmurf

    Rambo. Though as I said above, I enjoyed Universal Soldier Regeneration quite a bit, and agree that Hyams jr could be someone to keep an eye on.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Regeneration was way better than it had any right to be

    by Stryder

    Thanks for turning me on to it, Vern. Even as a low-budget actioner, it really came through. I do kinda wish Dolf had more screen time, but hopefully he'll have more to do in the new one. Maybe we'll finally get to hear what he remembered!

  • May 13, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by AngrySmurf

    JVCD explained exactly why he didn't hop on board The Expendables train at a press conference for one of his other films a little while back, you can find the clip easily enough on youtube. He even does a fun Stallone impression during it. But basically it all boiled down to JCVD didn't want to sign on without seeing a script first, whereas Stallone expected him to jump right on board as soon as he called him up. Van Damme says he was open to the idea of doing the film, but when he pushed to see a script Stallone hung up on him and then basically wouldn't talk to him any more. And through the whole thing he was still praising Stallone, and saying he'd still be happy to work with him any time, despite this odd experience with the guy.

  • May 13, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I liked Regeneration better than the first...

    by The Dum Guy

    Then again, most action movies suck these days.

  • May 13, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    This film...

    by Kelvington

    This film will be too Van Damme Long!

  • May 13, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Taylor Lautner and Zac Effron

    by juwamba

    should star in the fifth installment. You know, for the newer generation of moviegoers. Throw in Gabourey Sidibe as well!

  • May 14, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    yeah, to be fair

    by Vern

    I don't think there have been many good American action movies in the last couple years. But I don't mean it as faint praise. I definitely consider it the best DTV movie made so far, and better than the original UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (although that's an enjoyable movie).

  • May 14, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    This will be sucky 3D for a sucky movie.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Who cares?

  • May 14, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    I liked Regeneration - but not THAT much...

    by Maniaq

    I loved Lundgren's last line - absolute classic!<p><br />but, just off the top of my head, I thought Wanted was better - wait, does that count as an American action flick? <p><br />also... refresh my memory - didn't they pretty much crap all over the possibility of Lundgren returning at the end of that film? <p><br />not that it makes a lick of difference - they churned out countless Terminator sequels, despite there being absolutely no fucking chance of a sequel making logical sense whatsoever - if there's money in it, it will happen...

  • May 14, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    I checked out ReGen. Based on this recommendation...

    by robertplant

    ...and had a fun fucking time. It's flawed but solid. Some really great stunts and cinematography. Van Damme was sorta minor, as was Dolph, and there were def. plots holes, but I'm pretty cynical and I dug it. So bring on the next one.

  • May 14, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    hey maniac re: crapped possibilities

    by robertplant

    The last shot is a shot of like 7 clones of the same guy, so obviously there could be any number of Lundgrens waiting to go. Fuck me for caring this much.