UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

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My website on the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER saga (1992-2012)

Postby UniSol GR77 on 03 Nov 2020, 02:13

Hello Dolph-ins,

You cannot truly miss this.

My long-time website focused on the Universal Soldier saga, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren:

Universal Soldier (1992)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) - alternate continuity
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)


Everything about the timelines of the alternate worlds, the UniSol biotechnology, the characters and the stories.


THE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER SAGA
http://universalsoldiersaga.blogspot.com


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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby savagesketch on 27 Nov 2020, 23:33

Fun podcast that reminisces on the awesomeness of 1992’s UNIVERSAL SOLDIER...

https://www.retroramble.blog/post/podca ... ldier-1992
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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 09 May 2021, 10:13

At the Berlin premiere with Roland Emmerich (Ralph Moeller was there too)

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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 22 May 2021, 18:23

The 6-minute making of featurette from 1992 was released in France on VHS to coincide with the promotion of NOWHERE TO RUN (and the rental video release of UNISOL) in April 1993. Back then seeing a "making of" was so rare (I remember buying a UK video of the T2 making of for the same price as movie)...

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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 21 Jun 2021, 09:41

The Italian trailers





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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 11 Jul 2021, 16:55

Rare, early (1990) stuff from the Andrew Davis version by the legendary conceptual artist and production designer Ron Cobb 8)
https://www.facebook.com/JCVDcollection ... 3334993152
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ ... ent=safari

It also shows yet another draft of UNISOL was penned by Mike Gray and John Mason who also co-wrote Davis' CODE OF SILENCE and worked on the director's other project in various fashions...

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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Gunner on 13 Jul 2021, 01:07

Damn, looks like this one had more writers working on it than Showdown In Little Tokyo! What's the count so far Jox? Richard Rothstein and Christopher Leitch wrote "Crystal Knights" in 80's (1986 i believe i read around here...?), once Carolco started working on it in '89 or '90 Leslie Boham, Ross Lamanna and Andrew Davis, Phlippe Browning and Davis, and now Mike Gray and John Mason and Davis all worked on it before that early version was dropped and Dean Devlin wrote the final one. I'm still not sure about that John Milius rumor so i don't know should his supposed version be mentioned.

It really seems like this could have ended up going the same route as Carolco's many other cancelled projects (Isobar and Gale Force always come to my mind) which went through bunch of scripts before ultimately not getting made. I'm glad UniSol had better luck, because first film is a classic, and all official sequels were really fun, each in its own way.
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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 13 Jul 2021, 17:15

And count the drafts written back to back by each of those writers...!

(The initial writers Richard Rothstein and Christopher Leitch had renamed it UNIVERSAL SOLDIER themselves.)

Regarding John Milius, I read about his involvement in two sources (one being an interview with JCVD), and the fact that Ron Cobb was a part of it perhaps isn't a coincidence.

You're absolutely right in saying this could have ended the route of another unproduced title for Carolco, which I think almost happened if they didn't tap Roland Emmerich to make it happen...
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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 25 Jul 2021, 19:01

Teaser trailer in HD

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Re: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Roland Emmerich, 1992)

Postby Jox on 03 Aug 2021, 09:12

UNISOL at United Artists movie theatre in Time Square, New York, 1992:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CSGXF5AsUWS/
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