April 30, 2011
Director John Hyams says
"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
April 26, 2011
Scott Adkins announces
on Twitter that he's in the film.
March 28, 2011
excited about doing Universal
Soldier: A New Dimension. I cant say whos going
to star in it right now but its somebody Ive worked
with. If everything works out, it will definitely surprise a
lot of people. The action is very heavy. Its a lot of fight
action, a lot of shoot outs, a lot of brutal killing here and
there. Its basically a play land for a fight choreographer.
Thatll probably be my next big one... Im really proud
of what we were able to put into it. John Hymes is a great director.
Weve been having great meetings and I got a good feeling
this is going to surprise a lot of people." stunt coordinator
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
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 DElysee).
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
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."
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.
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
before. I'm excited about exploring these new directions, as
"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
"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
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