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Universal Soldier: A New Dimension (3D)



plot summary (subject to change)
In a world without government, surviving Unisols (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) must battle anarchy and build a new order ruled by Unisols, weeding out the weak and testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat. (from The Film Catalogue)

John Hyams Director
Jean-Claude Van Damme Luc Deveraux
Dolph Lundgren Andrew Scott
Scott Adkins N/A
Andrei Arlovski N/A

genre Action - Sci-fi
budget N/A
production co(s) Foresight Unlimited / Signature Entertainment / BMP / Sony Pictures
location(s) Bâton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
writer John Hyams
producers Moshe Diamant, Mark Damon, Craig Baumgarten

web links
Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
Foresight Unlimited

news & updates

April 30, 2011
Director John Hyams says on

"I've been extremely busy preparing for the shoot. But, yes, Scott Adkins is one of the stars of the film, and I feel we're incredibly lucky to have him at this stage of his career. Andrei is back as well in a role we wrote specifically for him, and I'm equally excited to have him. I loved what he did in Regeneration, and I wanted to work with him again. None of this diminishes JC or DL's contributions to the film -- I feel these guys will only enhance the product as a whole, which is all I care about. The story is of my own creation, and, as I've told you before, in no way was dictated by anyone's schedule. It's the story I want to tell and it's designed to move, terrify and thrill the audience in the most intense way possible. I think it's going to be great and I'm unbelievably excited to work with everyone involved.


April 26, 2011
Scott Adkins announces on Twitter that he's in the film.

March 28, 2011
"But I’m excited about doing Universal Soldier: A New Dimension. I can’t say who’s going to star in it right now but it’s somebody I’ve worked with. If everything works out, it will definitely surprise a lot of people. The action is very heavy. It’s a lot of fight action, a lot of shoot outs, a lot of brutal killing here and there. It’s basically a play land for a fight choreographer. That’ll probably be my next big one... I’m really proud of what we were able to put into it. John Hymes is a great director. We’ve been having great meetings and I got a good feeling this is going to surprise a lot of people." stunt coordinator Larnel Stovall

March 25, 2011
"-- JC's role is substantial and pivotal to the story. The size of the role, like that of Dolph and anyone else in the movie, has everything to do with the script that I wrote and what it called for. It serves the overall story. Shooting schedules reflect only what the script called for. How many actual minutes anyone has on screen, I don't know, but I believe it's the right amount and I stand by every idea in this movie.

-- It will definitely be theatrical overseas and it is my sincere hope that we'll be in theaters domestically as well. I believe the movie will speak for itself. We have a brilliant fight choreographer in Larnell Stovall, a great cinematographer in Yaron Levy. Between those two, myself and the rest of the cast and crew we're assembling, I believe this will be the best film of the series." John Hyams

March 24, 2011
"These days I'm splitting time between the Dragon Eyes edit and US4 pre-production. We're about mid way through the first cut of Dragon Eyes, and it's starting to take shape.

I spent a good part of today working with production designer Nate Jones, discussing design concepts for US4. Unlike US3, which was basically a location shoot, this one will involve a number of sets to be built, due to size of the 3D rigs, that call for larger spaces and removable walls. This allows us to design the sets to fit the action, instead of the other way around, which is nice. Still, this one will be an incredible challenge -- to shoot this amount of action in 3D on a tight schedule will require great preparation. We don't have the luxury of figuring things out on the set. Everyone will have to be extremely prepared.

Stylistically, I'm planning on staging some action that plays out in long takes, where things transpire without cuts. In many ways, it's not just an action film -- it has horror elements, and also plays like a psychological thriller. It has a very dark, menacing tone. I want it to be an extremely intense experience for the viewer -- one that literally beats the shit out of the audience.

As far as 3D is concerned, I still feel like Avatar did it better than anyone else, and it's not just because of the big budget. I feel like Cameron used 3D to make the experience more visceral, but he did it without gimmickry. Instead of having things pop out at the viewer, he created an environment that you could look into. I plan on taking that approach -- no gimmicks, no arrows flying at the camera. I want it to be another element of the overall design -- something that enhances the experience but doesn't draw attention to itself and take away from the story." John Hyams

February 16, 2011

"Foresight Unlimited owner Mark Damon has announced a slew of sales on Universal Soldier: A New Dimension, the fourth entry in the action canon set to begin production in a month.

Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Jai White star and John Hyams will direct following his work on Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

Pre-Berlin deals closed in the UK (Optimum), Germany (Telepool), Australia (Transmission), Japan (Nikkatsu), Taiwan (SSG), South Korea (Joy n Contents Group), Russia (Daro), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), English-speaking Canada (eOne) and Benelux (Les Filmes D’Elysee).

Rights also went in Latin America (California), the Middle East (Shooting Stars), Thailand (IPA), Turkey (Mars), South Africa (Nu Metro), Eastern Europe (SPI), China (HGC), India (Superfine), Indonesia (PT Amero) and Malaysia (Ram Indo). Sony holds US rights." from Screen Daily

August 7, 2010

"I haven't seen the script. I don't actually even know who is in it", says Lundgren.
The amiable actor says he's until he sees a script, and until he knows who is involved (he's likely referring to Jean-Claude Van Damme), he's not committed.
"I don't know if I'm going to do it. It's just hard to say whether it's going to be any good, but we'll see. I suppose the hard thing is, I've died twice - got chopped up at one stage - so they'd have to think of a clever way to bring me back again."
Dolph Lundgren on Moviehole

May 14, 2010

"It looks like US4 is going to happen. I'm writing the script right
now, so I'm not going to release any details at all about it. What I
can say is that it will be quite different from any of the previous
films. I feel like this is a great opportunity, since I'm involved
from the inception this time, to take my ideas even further than I did
before. I'm excited about exploring these new directions, as are the

"Yeah, for the most part it is true, though too early to go into detail about. We've come up with a concept that we're excited about and looks like we're moving forward. "

director John Hyams on the Van Damme fan board

May 12, 2010

" 'Universal Soldier IV,' 'Recoil' forge ahead
Shoots on Foresight Unlimited films set for the fall
By Jay A. Fernandez
May 12, 2010, 08:23 AM ET
Updated: May 13, 2010, 05:21 AM ET
CANNES -- Foresight Unlimited is pushing forward with fall shoots for two action thrillers: "Universal Soldier IV" and "Recoil."

"Soldier IV" may reunite Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, who co-starred in the third installment, "Universal Soldier: Regeneration" in 2009. Only this time they would be unleashing their barrages of fists and lead in 3D. Van Damme's deal is still being negotiated.

John Hyams is also returning to direct the project, which is set to begin filming in October.

"Ghost Rider" and "Daredevil" helmer Mark Steven Johnson will direct "Recoil," a $35 million project about a former FBI sniper dragged back into action when his ex-wife is targeted by a deranged sniper. "Recoil" is set to begin filming in November.

Foresight will be selling "Soldier" and "Recoil" at Cannes along with two other new projects, "Flypaper" and "The Ledge," which just wrapped production." from The Hollywood Reporter


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