Universal Soldier

Foresight Unlimited has announced that Universal Soldier IV will go into production this fall, with stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren (who both co-starred in the third installment Universal Soldier: Regeneration)” in 2009. John Hyams is also returning to direct the project, which will be released in 3D.

I’m not sure if we’re ready for JCVD and Dolph in 3D. But what is the point of 3D is movt of the audience for a film like this is direct to video/dvd/blu-ray? I know 3D television is currently being touted at Best Buy, but I just doubt it is going to catch traction quick enough.


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Universal Soldier: Regeneration Movie Trailer

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released a trailer for the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme / Dolph Lundgren movie Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier – an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this “UniSol” (Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud. The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a UniSol who’s been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained, Deveraux must make a full-out assault on the heavily armed fortress. But inside, he’ll discover not one but two of these virtually indestructible warriors. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), Deveraux’s vicious UniSol enemy from the original Universal Soldier, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded. Now, these elite fighters are locked, loaded and programmed to kill; and the fate of millions hinges on this high-action showdown.

Directed by John Hyams (NYPD Blue),  filmed for $15 million and going direct-to-dvd. The movie premiered at Fantastic Fest 2009, and was met mostly with positive reviews from the genre crowd. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Just one movie can turn a whole career around. For Jean Claude Van Damme, that was JCVD. The movie proved (at long last) that the notoriously self-aggrandizing actor had a sense of humor. Folks that hadn’t paid attention to the guy in a decade were suddenly big fans. Who needs The Expendables when you can rope your own persona into a failed bank robbery and subsequent media circus? Now Van Damme is hard at work on a more tranditional new film called The Eagle Path, and Twitch has a new promo. Read More »

I’ll admit, I’ve been a fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme ever since I saw Bloodsport as a kid. While his career and personal life have had their ups and downs over the years, I always hoped that he would somehow make a comeback as a legitimate action star. JCVD showed that he still has some on-screen charisma left, though it still wasn’t enough to redeem his action credibility. I figured a project like Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming action extravaganza, The Expendables, would be perfect for him—but apparently Van Damme thinks otherwise.

In a recent interview with Total Film magazine, JC explains why he turned down a role in the film: Read More »

VOTD: Young Jean-Claude Van Damme

Video footage has been discovered of the exact moment when young Jean-Claude Van Damme became a man.
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Yesterday we brought you the American trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme‘s JCVD. Damme wrote, directed and is starring in his latest project Full Love, along with his two children Kristopher and Bianca Van Varenberg. The movie is filming in Thailand with a $5 million budget. From what I understand, Van Damme is supposedly working for next to nothing or scale, compared to his normal multi-million dollar asking price.  Twitch Film have gotten their hands on the first photos

Cinema Blend describes the script as “a heavy drama with romantic elements, in the vein of True Romance, without the clever dialogue.” The story follows Frenchy, a man who tries to free a Turkish whore with whom he is in love with, from her pimp. His best friend, “a bitter, crippled, alcoholic veteran of the Iraq war” ends up pissed at Frenchy for falling in love with someone from ‘over there’. Van Damme himself describes the film the project as “based on a true story, based in another reality” and “about love, friendship, and dedication.”

I’m not so sure about the film’s plot, but one thing is for sure, Van Damme is doing one hell of a job in an attempt to reinvent himself and revive his career.

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When I first heard about JCVD, I imagined a b-list action comedy like My Name is Bruce. When I finally saw the film at Fantastic Fest in Austin, I was shocked to find that the film is actually a character drama about a down on his luck b-list action star who steps into a bad situation. It’s a movie about a guy who plays the hero on the big screen, but not in real life, and what happens when he is put in a situation which forces him to step up. The most surprising thing about JCVD is that it totally goes against every preconception you have about Jean-Claude Van Damme. You might even leave the theater talking about his performance. Seriously. The American trailer for the film was released on Yahoo over the weekend. Watch it below and tell me what you think in the comments.

Official Plot Synopsis: Being Jean-Claude Van Damme is tough. Sure, he is an internationally recognized celebrity (and possibly the world’s most famous Belgian), but this star seems to have fallen from grace with a recent history of direct-to-video flicks. But the “Muscles from Brussels” is back! In JCVD, Van Damme plays himself – with all his foibles in plain view – in this comeback story of a screen hero who has been on the receiving end of kicks that are getting harder and harder to take. Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri, JCVD is a rollicking action-comedy that explores the nature of fame.

JCVD will hit theaters on November 7th 2008.

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Yep, another day, another brown drip of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li casting news. Actor Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Ravenous, The Hitcher) will fill the shiny boots of the late Raul Julia in the role of the video game adaptation’s muscled militant villain M. Bison (below, nice likeness). McDonough joins a short bus that includes Michael Clark Duncan as Balrog, Chris Klein as Nash, and Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk as the lightning fast gal with the, uh, pinwheel kick. This movie is going to rock so hard.



Discuss: Van Damme’s Street Fighter vs. Chun Li’s, who wins?