In a recent interview with Discussing Film, the writer of the much-loved action series The Equalizer, Richard Wenk announced some details about an upcoming Universal Soldier project he’s been working on with the help of producers Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal.
I will say that I’m just finishing up a re-imagining – let’s be clear about this it’s not a remake and it is not a redo – but it is a re-imagining of a movie called Universal Soldier…very much like The Equalizer, it’s the title that inspired me and not the movies…I’m just about to finish [the script] and turn it in this week.
Wenk seems to be aware that there was some mixed reception for some of the past entries into the franchise, two standalone movies were released in 1998 without any of the original cast and crew, then a year later Jean Claude returned to the role in Universal Soldier: The Return.
The Return was met very critically and it performed rather poorly at the box office. At that point the franchise was seemingly dead.
Years later, in 2009, both stars of the original – Lundgren and van Damme – returned to make the films Universal Soldier: Regeneration and in 2012, released Day of Reckoning. The 2009 and 2012 films were both received very well from fans and critics alike.
Did you enjoy the old Universal Soldier productions? What aspects of the old films do you think Wenk should or shouldn’t include in his new project that aspires to differ so greatly from the originals?
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