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A Remake Of CYBORG Is On The Way?! Director Albert Pyun Says It'll Be "An epic of post apocalyptic cyber punk"!!

 

Merrick here...

Back in 1989, director Albert Pyun brought us the now-legendary CYBORG, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a mercenary tracking a cyborg through a plague-ravaged, post-apocalyptic America in an effort to retrieve her - and the cure she possess - from the hands of ill-intentioned assholes.  It's now looking like Pyun is planning to remake his own movie (is a remake OK if the original filmmaker is doing it?  Interesting to think about...)  

Per an e-mail exchange this morning, Pyun reveals that he has engaged in an "acquisition process" with MGM and now has the backing of the same entity who funded DONNIE DARKO, MEMENTO, and MONSTER.  

Vince Klyn (the big bad in the original CYBORG) and Terrie Batson (the love interest in the 1989 version) are already onboard the remake in as yet unspecified roles.   Pyun is in talks with Michael Pare, Sasha Mitchell, and Olivier Gruner - who would appear as a band of "Slingers" (i.e. mercenaries ) a la THE PROFESSIONALS.  

Once the script is ready, hopes are to work out Rutger Hauer and Michael Dudikoff's association with the picture as well.  There aren't many more details availablejavascript:submit_mid('sp_ig') at the moment, but Pyun did indicate that we can expect more "car/vehicle mayhem" (with an emphasis on practical on-set work rather than CGI), and the inclusion of a martial arts fight sequence the director has always wanted to put on screen.   

Here's a trailer for the original iteration of the movie...

 

A Director's Cut of the film is forthcoming - reflecting Pyun's original intent for the picture, it's a bit different than what we saw released.  Learn how to be notified about its issuance HERE!   A preview of the work has been brought online, and is viewable via the embed below.

THIS piece by our friends at TwitchFilm describes the Director's Cut thusly...

 just last week we heard that the Pyun edit had survived and the director had received a VHS copy of the film dubbed from the workprint telecine the day before he left the film. This is Pyun's version of the film, as close as he ever got to completing it. It's a version that would have been rated X for violence. A version that includes a rock score by Tony Riparetti and Jim Saad. A version that has all of Van Damme's dialogue - including extensive narration - dubbed by another actor. And Pyun is making it available to fans.

[EDIT]

A few notes on what you're going to see. One, Pyun has clearly added a rudimentary credit sequence in to fill the blank gap that was left for it so we don't have to look at blank screen while listening to the score. Credits and titles are always one of the last things to be done, so none of that would have existed in this version. Two, video and audio quality are grainy and a bit degraded as it comes from a VHS copy (ie low quality) from a telecined, unmastered work print (ie also low quality). Don't be expecting BluRay here. You'll also notice that this was cut together from a pair of VHS sources as neither is 100% complete on its own.

Here's a tease of said Director's Cut.  More on this version in the coming days.  

 

 

 

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  • April 26, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Sigh!

    by cookylamoo

  • April 26, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Is a remake of I Come In Peace next?

    by PeopleCallMeTheBriMan

  • April 26, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    let me get this straight...

    by JBouganim1

    so we get a workprint remake of Cyborg but not of Nightbreed?

  • April 26, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    "...the now legendary CYBORG..."

    by darthderp

    BWAH-HA-HA!!! Oh, Merrick! You jester, you!

  • April 26, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I really liked Cyborg.....

    by Jeffrey

    But then again, I was around 12 years old and a complete idiot.

  • April 26, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Anyone else think Vincent Klyn resembled Freedom Williams

    by googamooga

    Anyone?

  • April 26, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I want to see a remake of The Hidden

    by googamooga

  • April 26, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    And yes, I personally think a remake by the director is A-OK

    by D.Vader

    Afterall, artist of old used to repaint the same picture over and over, changing things around, trying to improve, etc. I've got no problem with someone trying to do the same with a film they made.

  • April 26, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    I once heard...

    by Joe Damiani

    That the script for Cyborg was originally the sequel to Masters of the Universe. I know that sounds idiotic, but still can anyone confirm either yes or no?

  • April 26, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    George Lucas does it all the time, so why not!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • April 26, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I agree, The Hidden remake FTW!

    by Jeffrey

    That is such an overlooked classic. It that available on Blu?

  • April 26, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Remakes by the same director

    by ltgalloway

    I can think of a couple. The Evil Dead, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Ten Commandments, Ball of Fire & A Song is Born. I can sort of understand Rami wanting to redo Evil Dead, but it still seems kinda crazy considering the years you would have to reinvest in the same material. I would think they would get sick of it, but what do I know?

  • April 26, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I have sent my money in for the directors cut.

    by claxdog

    I hope it gets here soon.

  • April 26, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Yes, ran76; this was gonna be MOTU 2

    by darthderp

    Financial troubles with Mattel, the company that produced the He-Man toys, caused the project to fall apart, so they concocted this ditty instead.

  • April 26, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    @ran76 i have heard the same thing on more than one occasion

    by claxdog

  • April 26, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    One day I wish...

    by Andrew Coleman

    They would remake a movie, but instead of it being a remake it's a totally original movie and they did it just to fuck with people. Cyborg is pretty epic, wish I was older in the 80's movies were bad ass then.

  • April 26, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    KNIGHTS does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I personally think Pyun's KNIGHTS is a better post-apocalyptic movie than CYBORG or NEMESIS. Loads of gore, fantastic fight choreography and an emphasis on hard-action. Cheesy goodness. Please Albert Pyun - get this lost gem out on DVD one way or another (preferably in widescreen)!

  • April 26, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Talking of post-apocalyptic movies - WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO MAD MAX 4: FURY ROAD? Is it in limbo or dead?

  • April 26, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Much better news than that FAST-FIVE-Changing-Genres BULLSHIT

    by Spudwick30

  • April 26, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Thanks movienut401 and claxdog...

    by Joe Damiani

    nice to know a little helpfulness and civility still exist on this site,

  • April 26, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I'll just take the original The Hidden, thank you.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Don't need any GCI to muss it up.

  • April 26, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Re-imagining Cyborg

    by AlbertPyun

    Originally, I had conceived Cyborg for Chuck Norris and something closer to The Road. When JCVD came onboard - as a condition from Cannon - the movie changed dramatically. It became more about flying kicks. I've gotten a ton of feedback from those who saw my Director's Cut and it rekindled my interest to explore this genre one last time. And really do a balls out action opera with cars, fists, bullets and explosions - all done practically I hope. Minimal CG. Cyborg was a hastily thrown together production that producer Tom Karnowski and I worked hard to realize. But it wasn't organic and was really just another brick to Cannon. Now I feel the original Cyborg will be just a starting point to build on. And I'm grateful this opportunity has been presented to me. Albert Pyun

  • April 26, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    ltgalloway - more recently

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The Grudge, Funny Games and The Vanishing.

  • Others have answered, just not as blatantly in the subject line. The script was "MotU 2: Cyborg", and as with the first movie had even less to do with MotU lore. It was reworked into just "Cyborg" and a franchise was born.

  • April 26, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    MOTU2 / CYBORG

    by AlbertPyun

    The Cyborg script was written from scratch and went through a number of hands before the shooting commenced. Honestly, can't remember much about the Masters 2 script. I know a good portion took place on earth (budgetary) and involved Skeletor working with the Military Industrial Complex (Dark Industries). I know Laird trained very hard for the shoot. He was a world class windsurfer then and was competing in France when he got word the film was cancelled. He proceeded to tip cars over in a rage. I can't recall who was cast as Skeletor. The cast was definitely on the unknown side as our budget was pretty small. More was being alloted to Spider-Man. Albert Pyun

  • April 26, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by AlbertPyun

    I don't think we shoot under the Cyborg title. Think that came later. he original title was SLINGER.

  • April 26, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    What about a Nemesis Remake?

    by Stryder

    Weren't we also getting a director's cut of that? I also thought that had a lot of potential as a film and wouldn't mind seeing it given the big(ger) budget treatment.

  • April 26, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I agree with stryder, what about a Nemesis remake Albert?

    by googamooga

    That was always one of my favorite of your movies (though I haven't seen it in years).

  • April 26, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Its true & awesome!!!

    by Charles Auten

    Terrie Batson is actually my girlfriend, and as a geek the only thing almost as cool as being mentioned on A.I.C.N. yourself is to have your significant other mentioned. I can confirm that Albert has been in contact with Terrie since late last year about revisiting her role in a sequel or remake. I am personally excited to see this starting to come together. I also know that from my understanding the sales from the the director's cut were to help fund this project so to hear talk several days ago on Albert's Facebook page of the involvement of MGM was awesome news. Everyone of you can help make this reality by friending Albert on Facebook and ordering your copy of the DC. It is grainy and rough at times, but is a must have for any true fan. On a side note, in the original release Terrie's voice was overdubbed because the studios didn't like her southern accent. The DC has her voice for those who wonder what the voice of an "angel" sounds like.

  • April 26, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    Nemesis

    by AlbertPyun

    Yeah, it was a thought. The film has screened up in Toronto recently and was warmly received. So it was on my mind but I feel by taking the action of Nemesis and bringing that into Cyborg would be a better outcome. Ideally, I want structure Cyborg as one 90 minute continuous action set piece and let story and characters emerge between characters catching their breath, reloading, commandeering vehicles and dressing wounds. Just have it all go at breakneck pace from first frame of picture to the end. Albert Pyun

  • April 26, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    in relation to Cyborg and Cannon's Spiderman...

    by DonLogan

    ...did you see the teaser poster? It had Spiderman IN SPACE!?! Albert Pyun was to direct With Scott Leva (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Bob Hoskins (Doc Octopus) check out the images here: http://tinyurl.com/5wgflkt

  • April 26, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I liked Nemesis, but Cyborg was a bigger hit

    by twogunjames

    So it just makes sense that Cyborg would be the film to "remake" though I think it sounds like it's more of an aesthetic remake than a direct line for line redo. Personally, I liked Nemesis a lot more. Also, thanks for working with Pare again. I think that guy is awesome.

  • April 26, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Let it be faithful to the original ethos. I just said that

    by kabong

    to sound profound.

  • April 26, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Genre mash-up

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Always enjoyed how Cyborg combined Western/Martial Art themes, including the "whistling" in the music score during a showdown. Instead of quick drawing guns, Van Damme mainly relied on his karate skills. The budget Road Warrior-esque design and setting was sweet, too. On paper, a post-apocalyptic "Once Upon a Time in the West" by way of the Shaw Bros. sounds bad-ass to me, and besides Cyborg, nothing like this has really been attempted from what I know. Love the running/knife fight duel up on the metal bridge scene as well as JCVD leaping from the pond to spin kick that pony-tailed douche's head off (if you watch slow-mo I think he is decapitated originally). Now, when can we get a Blu-Ray (or hell even a Region 1 DVD) of I Come in Peace, probably my 2nd favorite Christmas-theme film after Die Hard.

  • So I guess hollywood has run out of crap movies to remake,noe they're re making ultra crap one's, way to go mister lobotomised movie maker person.....

  • April 26, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Albert Pyun has made a lot of incredibly bad films.

    by Ray_Tango

    Seriously, most his films are a COMPLETE MESS: 'Brain Smasher... A Love Story' (yeah... good stuff). 'Adrenalin: Fear the Rush' (possibly the worst film ever made). 'Mean Guns' (incomprehensible editing and terrible action scenes). I'll give him this though. I like the version of 'Cyborg' that exists which he didn't edit. I'm also a fan of 'Nemesis'. Starring Oliver Grunner. It's confusingly constructed and poorly edited like most his films, but it's got a pretty cool atmosphere and some decent action and FX.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Let me re-phrase that...

    by Ray_Tango

    Okay, maybe it's not fair to say all of Pyun's films are 'poorly edited'. But there is a confusing, hacked together quality to his films. Possibly because he's reaching beyond what time frame/budget is realistic for the genre that he's tackling. I recall renting each of his films when they came out, liking the 'idea' of each one, but never really enjoying his execution of that idea. He's obviously a passionate, hard working film-maker, but his efforts very rarely seem to equal a solid end product. He also seems to rub producers the wrong way from what I've read. Which might be a good sign that he's committed to his vision of each film no matter what, or it could be a sign that he's a ego-maniacal prick who can't accept the budgetary limitations set upon him by the producers. Of course this is all just conjecture, but this guy fascinates me. He makes the kinds of films I like, but they never really work.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Also just realised Pyun himself is posting here...

    by Ray_Tango

    ... and now I feel like an right a-hole. Sorry Mr Pyun, but I was just being honest. I rented (and bought) your films all through my childhood & teenage years with anticipation, and was often let down. 'Nemesis' was the highlight for me and I'd buy it on Bluray in a second if I could.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Pyun is a hack.

    by Big Dan

  • April 26, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I Come in Peace doesnt need a remake

    by stu_pickles

    It's awesome as is. I actually liked it better after I recently viewed it than I had when it was on cable every weekend in my childhood.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I also really hope Van Damme is going to reprise his role

    by stu_pickles

    He's still got it and it would make the film grittier with an older, weathered hero in the apocalyptic age.

  • April 26, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    arkhaminmate001, Barry Manilow fucking owns

    by Proman1984

    So be quite, Mandy

  • April 26, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    The original had a nice shot of a girl's bare ass though

    by Proman1984

  • April 26, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    proman1984

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Hell yes! My brother and I loved that scene when we were kids!That booty was meaty. I bet it went against every instinct of Van Damme to "act" and not accept her sexual advances in that scene. I'm guessing some off-camera rehearsals went on though...

  • April 26, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    And Stu Pickles-agreed

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Recently ICIP was played multiple times on Cinemax, allowing me to DVR it in HD. Love the Jan Hammer soundtrack, call me crazy. And like the Dolph/Brian Benben chemistry, almost like DeVito/Arnold in Twins. Dolph is the man. Love to see the check list of that guy's female conquests in his prime.

  • and something about JCVD mumbling about hope. This was on court TV for like a week with them replayingthe fight scene

  • April 26, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    @ jupiterjim - regarding stuntman

    by Ray_Tango

    Wow, that stuntman must have been a fucking pussy. Can you imagine a Chinese stuntman filing a lawsuit for being kicked in the face?!? That's your job RETARD. Hell, in Hong Kong action films they pretty much always make some contact (foot meet face) because it simply looks better, unlike American 80's Canon action films where you can clearly tell its terrible stage fighting. Though at least that can be handled pretty good, like that 7 hour punch-up in 'They Live'.

  • http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/arnold-schwarzenegger-is-back-as-terminator-fast-fives-justin-lin-to-direct/

  • April 26, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Meh? I dunno.

    by Darth_Kong

  • April 26, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Al's Remake Vision + JCVD

    by Stryder

    Doing the whole movie as a non-stop action set piece could actually be really cool. If you got Van Damme back, I would still buy him as the hero. It could be a post-apocalyptic version of 16 Blocks. I would watch that in a heartbeat. Or another possibility would be to have multiple groups of Slingers converging on our heroes, all with their own agendas... kinda like what I was hoping Smoking Aces or S.W.A.T. would actually be.

  • April 26, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Dubbed JCVD's dialogue/narration?

    by georgecauldron

    I couldn't watch a JCVD movie without his voice.

  • April 26, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Dudikoff?!!?! Fuck yeah!

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    I don't see that name often enough! Dudikoff is king. And needless to say, Rutger is riding the Hobo high he's always a top choice.

  • April 26, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Sy Borg

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I like that song "Sy Borg" by Frank Zappa, from "Joe's Garage". It has a beautiful synthesizer solo (I think that was by Peter Wolf). Also, great lyrics - who else but Zappa could write something as poetic as "The golden shower must have shorted out his master circuit"?

  • April 26, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Great idea! Just be sure to keep Pyun away from it!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    He's the dipshit who made a Captain America movie with Cap in jeans and a plaid shirt 90% of the time because he wasn't interested in the costumed hero genre...

  • April 26, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Agreed: Remake Nemesis

    by criticalbliss

    Very underrated film. Though I liked the presence Gruner had in the original. Not sure another actor could fit that role...

  • April 26, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Poor Pyun

    by Movietool

    I, like a lot of us, I guess, consider his first movie to be far and away his best. (and yeah, I know he's posted on this thread). From then it's been a few fun genre romps of decent quality (Nemesis, Cyborg) but mostly forgettable films and many outright bad ones. Still, I have such deep nostalgic love for The Sword and the Sorcerer, I'm always rooting for the guy. My inner voice just keeps screaming "Crap, The Sword and the Sorcerer is so GOOD! Why didn't Pyun ever capture that magic again?" And the above paragraph is the only kind of praise I ever see for the guy - a back-handed compliment that's really a dig on his entire body of work. He gets dumped on like no other director and yet he just seems to let it roll off his back and goes off to shoot another (under budgeted and probably bad) movie. Did you see what I did there? Even in a sentence where I'm trying to be kind of nice, I make another jab at him. It's crazy. Why do I feel like I can't just compliment the guy? Okay, I know the answer to that - because I haven't enjoyed the majority of his films. How complementary can I be and still respect myself? I'd love to get a peek at his inner monologue and see if the scathing criticism actually kills him like it would most of us, or if he really just loves making movies so much that he doesn't care what people say about him. And really, I keep praying that he's got one more Sword and the Sorcerer in him before he retires. I'll watch Tales of the Ancient Empire when it becomes available, of course, but my gut is telling me it probably isn't going to live up to the original. Maybe nothing will. Still, I'll say this. He made one movie I love. Really, really love. That's got to count for something. So here's to you, Albert. You made one of my favorite movies. Whatever my opinion of the rest of your films, I will love The Sword and the Sorcerer and continue to sing its praises to anyone who will listen to the end of my days. It's a genuine film.

  • April 26, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks Movietool

    by AlbertPyun

    I really appreciate your sentiments and words. Yes, I'm not immune to being stung sometimes but I tend to agree with most of the barbs as its oftern what I feel about the films I've made. But that's why I started releasing Director's Cuts so at least people can see what I intended instead of thinking me totally insane or worse, a hack who doesn't care. I must have set the record for most films taken away from me and recut. But you're right that my passion for making movies overrides everything else and is worth the disappointments and heartache and yes, bruised feelings. I think I'm very similar to many on these talkbacks...we all share a love for movies and they take a certain priority in our lives that many will never understand. I am happy that I've been able to maintain a somewhat independent career, not prone to needing reviews, attention or status. I just love the creative process of making movies. Always will. I find it amazing when called a hack because don't get thrown off so many movie over the past 30 years. But I cannot abide changing my vision for money or reputation. I've been offered a lot of the former to adjust and threatened a lot on the latter if I didn't. But it just doesn't mean anything. I only care about the movies I make and dearly wish that was reflected in the release versions. Well, the Cyborg DC was the first effort to rewrite history and perceptions. I just released my DC of TICKER a few weeks ago and next will be MEAN GUNS and then CAPTAIN AMERICA. I don't mind the barbs really as long as they are aimed my version of the films. Thanks for your support Movietool. I'll try to give you another The Sword and Sorcerer experience soon! Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The original is Legendary, all right... For Sucking!!!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I saw this in a theater when it came out, and everybody was groaning. I'll still give it credit for being so bizarre as to be memorable... in that I've never forgotten it. The bad guy is truly strange. The plot is dumb beyond belief. There's no denying this is true MST3K territory. Remember how the Cyborg of the title is only in the movie for about 45 seconds and/or the cybernetics part of it is basically irrelevant to the entire movie, except for a single, totally unconvincing shot of a fembot head?

  • April 27, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Pyun are ya gonna give that money back to Guam?

    by Sleazzy

    that you jacked with your scam film Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon? The fraud trials going on soon here. You're such a POS.

  • April 27, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    The Sword and the Sorcerer

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I have a lot of affection for that movie, and there are some GREAT scenes in it (the resurrection of the sorcerer, the one scene of the 3-bladed sword that barely justifies the title, the crucifixion scene, the sorcerer ripping his flesh disguise off, etc) ... but it's just as stupid as Cyborg! Pyun certainly entertained me in formative years. But he's not exactly Orson Welles.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    If We Can Can A SE for "The Wraith"...

    by JohnIan

    We should get a special edition DVD for "I Come In Peace" and a CD soundtrack. Damn it, make it happen.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Cyborg was a fucking horrible fucking awful movie

    by Mel

    It was one of those movies you were dying to see....and then when you saw it you realized it was just a piece of fucking shit snoozer with a dude who couldnt speak English. It was like Mad Max if Mad Max gave people aids.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Will the profits from the Cyborg remake

    by GhostDad

    Go towards paying back all the folks you never paid for their work on your movies, Albert?

  • April 27, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Mr Pyun, with All Due Respect...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I'd trust you to entertain me with a 1 million budget more than a lot of "big" directors with half a billion dollars. PS - What does your name rhyme with? Sun? June? Pie-On? Always wondered.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Really guys, Pyun's a shyster.

    by Sleazzy

    Look around even a little bit and you'll see evidence of his BS

  • April 27, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Albert Pyun and Guam on youtube:

    by Sleazzy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdJF8TfYmoI

  • April 27, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Why the hate???

    by Charles Auten

    Judging by the talk backs you would think there were dozens of burgeoning film makers on the verge of making the next most incredible contribution to film history. The reality of course is that most of you have no experience or idea of the realities that go into making a film; nor do you have the drive, passion, or fortitude to do anything more than sit by your computer and dump on someone else. I do not know Albert personally, but Terrie has nothing but fond memories of working with him. The same cannot often be said about co-stars or producers. As a artist trying to carve his own way I have only respect for those who fight for the integrity of their artistic vision. Charlie Kaufman is one of the best writers in Hollywood, but he will never enjoy the success of George Lucas, because quite frankly he is not concerned with dumbing it down enough for most of you to understand. Not to knock Lucas because he is a genius in his own right, and y'all also get pissed at him when he creates a character most of you should be able relate with. I wish all of the Jar-jars here the best, and look forward to seeing you accept your Oscar sometime in the near future. Until then, grow a pair and put up or shut up, the world doesn't have enough peanuts to keep you all fed.

  • April 27, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Why the hate? Seriously? Learn some fucking film history

    by AngrySmurf

    Albert Pyun is a liar, a fraud and a cheat. He doesn't pay his crews, embezzels budgets, rips off film funds and small governments, takes the credit for other peoples works, lays any blame for anything at other peoples feet, and neglects to actually deliver on any of his promises. He shoots films as cheaply and quickly as he can so he can get away with personally funnelling out and pocketing as much of the budgets as possible. He is the very model of the film shyster, who talks up a great game and who could probably sell ice to fucking eskimoes, but who has no talent whatsoever, and only uses the fringes of low budget film making to steal and line his own pockets. The fact that AICN has given this asshole so much play over the past year is a damn black spot on their own limited reputation, and a testament to their own gullibility, or at the very least desire to know and link themselves to any 'name', regardless of their reputation or the way they do business and treat people. How anyone can be a fan of this guy in anything other than an ironic sense is beyond me. Seriously, he has the worst filmography of pretty much any director on the planet in the last thirty years. Plus on top of that, and his corrupt nature he's a completely egotistical cunt to boot from all accounts. If you must see an Albert Pyun film, for fuck sakes download it illegally, don't pay money and further encourage this wretched skinsack of maggot infested shit, lest he might get funding for yet another one of his painful cinematic excretions, at somebody elses expense of course, somebody else who will quickly learn to regret it later and who will see no money back, ever. The cinematic world has already suffered enough at the hands of Albert 'talent vacuum' Pyun, thank you very much, so AICN stop giving this fucker yet another voice he can then use as a self promotion tool in order to try and manipulate and rip off yet others unfortunate enough to cross his path in the future. Oh, and just for the record, his best and most noteworthy film, the original Sword & the Sorcerer, had huge chunks of it ghost directed by cinematographer Joseph Mangine, after Pyun proved himself to be so completely fucking inept on set, and this along with his difficult nature and frequent outbursts meant that pretty much no one in the industry would touch him for the next few years, despite the film itself being a surprise hit when it was released. That's probably as much to do with why there was never a sequel (until recently) as much as anything. It is also much rumoured that much the same thing basically happened again on Radioactive Dreams, and after that his reputation was set, and his hollywood bridges were basically all burnt up. So it was independantly financed, mostly offshore movie making from there on out, and done in a manner that got progressively more dodgy as the years wore on. I also know that Van Damme basically hated his guts, and has said as much, and Steven Seagal once called him "probably the worst director I have ever worked for" in an interview I read, and honestly, has there ever been a worse movie with Seagal in it than Ticker? He does have the gift of the gab in talking himself up though, I'll give him that much. But then, so do most good thieves and con artists I guess... I truly hope that Guam's lawsuit against this fucker nails him to the god damn wall, but he'll probably manage to slither out of it. Snakes always seem to manage to do so...

  • April 27, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    @ angrysmurf

    by Ray_Tango

    Wow. That was epic. Are you a producer he burned or a film geek who spends a lot of time researching 'hack' directors? Anyway, that was entertaining. Thanks.

  • April 27, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Sweet

    by Omar B

    I gotta say Pyun has made some movies I enjoyed. Nemisis, Cyborg, The Sword & The Sorcerer, I even enjoyed the others to differing extents. I'm glad to hear that Dudikoff and Grunner are gonna be in this. Needs more American Ninja though, get Mike Bradley and double the awsome Pyun! Still waiting on Tales Of An Ancient Empire, Road To Hell and the Nemisis with new sfx.

  • April 27, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Needs Van Damme, or it can't be made. Period.

    by CodeName

  • April 27, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    And Van Damme looks awesome with white hair, too. Link inside.

    by CodeName

    http://youtu.be/N69qWtJ_hFo

  • April 27, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    DARK TOWER BOOKS PLAGURIZED THIS MOVIE!!

    by klebart

    If you watch the movie and then read the books you'll notice that King copied this movie for the Dark Tower. It's not even a coincidence.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    The 1990 Captain America

    by photoboy

    By sheer coincidence I re-watched Albert's Captain America film last night. I've always rather enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to the director's cut on the way. The best part of the film was the Red Skull I think. He looked really fucking scary when I was younger, and still looks pretty bad-ass even now. In actual fact while Hugo Weaving's Red Skull has a better costume, the original probably had the better mask (I've no idea which is more faithful to the comics).

  • April 27, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    A couple things...

    by Stegman84

    As some folks on the site might know/remember, I work crew on film and tv sets for a living, mostly low budget and smaller productions, and have done for a few years now, and so I know people who have worked for Pyun. Hell, I know people who he still owes money to. Fact is, he is one of the guys that people in this side of the show get warned about NOT to work for. His reputation within the industry really is as black as night. Probably why he shoots everything these days in the eastern bloc states. From what I've been told, even Roger Corman has bad blood for the guy, and Corman is one of the genuine good guys of film. He's the real deal that Albert Pyun pretends to be and sells himself as being. You guys interviewed Roger Corman, if you ever get another chance ask him about his opinion on Pyun, I'm sure you'll get some colorful stories. Word is even Charles Band had a falling out with the guy in the early 90's and refers to him as being a 'filmic sociopath'. When the kings of low budget think you're a charlatan and a shyster that really says something... Also, from what I understand, Pyun does not own the rights to many (most? all?) of the films he sells 'directors cuts' to, most of which are just poor quality workprints by the way. This is why he only now sells them through his site via email (at least last I heard), in true bootlegging fashion, so he's basically lining his pockets with other peoples hard work (again), not only cheating out the front camera talent of royalties and the legitimate rights holders missing out on money owed, but on some of those films there are still crew members that were never even paid. But hey, just as long as Pyun can squeeze out a few more dollars from unsuspecting film fans before having to shut down the site and move onto his next film related scam I guess he'll be happy... Albert Pyun is a cancer of the film world. Please don't support this guy or throw your money his way. Two,

  • April 27, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by Stegman84

    If you check Pyun's facebook, a whole bunch of people who sent him money for discs sold through his website have yet to recieve either jack or shit. Seriously folks, fair warning.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Van Damme

    by AlbertPyun

    It would certainly be great if the project could entice JCVD back but I'm not sure if where he wants to go at this point in life works with his revisiting one of his older films. He doesn't need it as he's moved into some interesting work. I will try to bring back many who worked on the original. It would be great and many of whom I've worked with time and again over the years. The last film I did had Cyborg's original DP Phillip Waters as well as my longtime collaborator George Mooradian as camera operator. So I think its a real possibility. The company that would finance the film is a very director friendly group and fans of what I have done with them in the past (5 films since 1996) so they might provide the resources to bring Jean-Claude back for one more go around. I will reach out to Seagal as well. We almost closed a deal on another film in January and he and I had long creative conversation last year. I think he still wants to do one more kick ass movie he can get behind. I've talked directly with Michael Pare as well as Sasha about joining and both are game and excited. I'm hoping my long time stunt coordinator/second unit director, Bob Brown will be available. He's doing something for me next month so I will try to get him to enlist during that shoot. Its likely my last larger scale action movie so I hope to get most of the cast and crews I've collaborated with back for one more go around. In fact composer Tony Riparetti and I have already to experiment with what structure the score would take. Tony and I will be celebrating almost 30 years of working together and I think this would be our 30th film collaboration. So we'll really want this to be special. I think the music trend heard in Tron Legacy via Daft Punk and in Hanna by the Chemical Bros. is the direction we're discussing going with the music. The screenplay is taking shape now so its a little early to say much about story specifics. Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Van Damme 2

    by AlbertPyun

    Jean-Claude was recently in Hong Kong and sent a nice greeting to me via third party, so there's a small possibility once the script is finished that I could get it to him and he might respond. Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    The guy's a sociopath and fraud

    by Sleazzy

    If you've got to see his turd movies, just download them. Pyun's a fraud. He'll steal your money then help you look for it. Truly a low life and crumb of the Earth.

  • April 27, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Maybe AICN would like to interview Tom Karnowski re: Pyun?

    by Sleazzy

    Tom Karnowski was Pyun's child hood friend and then became the Executive Producer on Pyun's films until Karnowski became disgusted with Pyun's deceits. Really, any of you film makers out there ever run into Tom Karnowski, ask him about Pyun's shyster ways.....

  • or anyone in the Hawaiian film making community or, hell, the list of Pyun's victims goes on forever

  • thanks, but (hell) no thanks.

  • April 27, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    To Pyun's credit, i did like Nemesis and Sword and the Sorceror

    by Stalkeye

    I'll give him that at least.

  • April 27, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    stegman84 thanks for the heads up.

    by Stalkeye

    BTW your name sounds familiar. You wouldn't happen to be Class of 1984 fan would ya?

  • April 27, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    It wasn't all about the dude taking off his glasses?!?!

    by impossibledreamers

    There was no plot to that turd and there could have been.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Glasses/Cyborg Plot

    by AlbertPyun

    @impossibledreamers - there was more plot in my director's cut but it was a pretty bare bones screenplay because we just weren't convinced JCVD's accent could navigate more dialogue. So everything was clipped and shaved down. But I agree we could have done with a little less sunglass action. lol. In whichever direction the remake goes in, it will definitely have less sunglass action. One of the things I wanted to do back in 1988 but didn't have the budget or schedule to do was vehicle mayhem action. But with this remake, I can revisit those action ideas. Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Captain America

    by AlbertPyun

    Stalkeye - hopefully you'll find my director's cut of Captain America an improvement (no where to go but up I guess). It better reflects the movie we shoot under horrible funding conditions. Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Cyborg 2 was suprising good

    by AsimovLives

    Sure, it's made of cheese, but it's good cheese. The ending in particular had remarkably pathos and was even moving.

  • April 27, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Albert Pyun is the reason Masters of the Universe 2 was not made!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Albert Pyun... That fucking asshole! He told Cannon Films that he could make Masters of the Universe 2 for under 5 million dollars, so they ditched the director of the first film, Gary Goddard. Goddard developed a very good relationship with Mattel during the making of the first film, that lead to him developing the TV show Captain Power! Anyways, when Mattel saw Pyuns treatment for MOTU 2, they pulled funding. That is why Cyborg was made, and why so many costumes from MOTU 1 were recycled for the film. If it hadnèt been for Pyun, all the He-Man fans would have had MOTU 2, which was going to deal with Skeletor, Hordak, and the Snakemen! Sigh.... :(

  • April 27, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks for responding back, Albert.

    by CodeName

    Things are much clearer now and I certainly hope that you can get Van Damme again. I'm sure all JCVD fans would agree to have him back as well. Best of luck to your remake.

  • April 27, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Sorry Albert Pyun ...

    by Jake Pantlin

    Yeah, my post was a little harsh. That was the 12 year old disappointed kid from 1989 talking... lol... Cyborg was a fun film, but I can not help but be disappointed that MOTU 2 wasn not made. What gets me though is that you thought it could be made on the cheap. The first film cost $17 million. To try to make a film for one-third of that was impossible.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Thanks Codename

    by AlbertPyun

    I appreciate the support and interest. Glad to see people care and I hope to deliver my definitive post apocalyptic film! Albert Pyun

  • April 27, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Atherron

    by AlbertPyun

  • April 27, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Atherron -- with my talkback

    by AlbertPyun

    No need to be sorry. Because I understand your bitter disappointment. I think with masters 2 cannon was in a tough situation financially. And Mattel was tough for them to deal with. I don't know Gary and didn't know he had a go from Cannon. I became involved because they were under pressure to start shooting per their Mattel agreement but had a severe cash flow crisis. Albert Pyun

  • AICN should be fucking ashamed of themselves for giving you yet another outlet to self promote and try to draw unsuspecting people into your web of back alley bullshit. But hey, you just keep ignoring all the posts about your shady practices, and instead talk to the three people on this talkback actually foolish enough to be starstruck by you, and who don't seem to care what you have done and how you have treated people and the shocking reputation you have built by most who know you, have worked with you, or know those unlucky enough to have done so, and suffered because of it. And stop pretending like you can get Seagal back, or Van Damme, when both have utter disdain for you and the film experiences they had with you. Just more lies you use to draw people in, after all if you pretend that certain known names are interested then it is far easier to get that funding, then you pretend they dropped out, and replace them with someone cheaper and more desperate for work at the last minute. And the fees set aside for a Van Damme, well it doesn't all go to the new guy you actually manage to get, and yet it never comes back into the kitty either, does it Albert? Funny that. Also, are you still feverishly rewriting your wikipedia page and imdb profile to constantly remove as much negativity as you possibly can? How about still deleting all those facebook comments of 'customers' who purchased your shady directors cuts only to have the money disappear but never to actually get the product as promised? How about the investors who you promised a full refund to if they didn't see profit within a year, that still haven't seen a cent back, no profit, no refund, no nothing? How's the Guam lawsui going, slithered out of that one yet? What about all those crewmembers of you last three or four films that are still chasing you for their damn wages? Or even how about the money owed to legitimate rights holders who never gave you any permission to basically bootleg the films that you have sold through your website? Or doesn't it count if you don't actually deliver the product to those silly enough to buy from you? Keep ripping people off and padding those offshore accounts, you currupt son of a bitch. And hopefully on the day that Karma finally catches up to you it gets you good and proper.

  • April 28, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    angrysmurf

    by CodeName

    I try my best to be courteous and I respect everyone on here in the talkback. Can you list some sources to your claims?

  • April 28, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I remember

    by Tony

    I remember seeing this in the theater with my College roommate long long ago. LOL. I remember because my roommate made a home made boot knife afterwards and wore it for about a week. The movie was low budget, low quality, and the story was a bit silly as I remember...

  • April 28, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I come in Peace... the flying Cd's lol

    by Tony

  • April 18, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Seriously Pyun, How is your lawsuit with Wikipedia going?

    by Sleazzy

    You know the one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Albert_Pyun#And... your lawyers working overtime?