Deadline reports that “Stargate” vet Damian Kindler has been tapped to write a TV version of “Universal Soldiers” for FremantleMedia North America, with Allen Shapiro and Craig Baumgarten producing. Kindler is a genre vet, and besides “Stargate: SG1” and “Stargate: Atlantis”, he’s currently working on “Stargate” alum Amanda Tapping’s “Sanctuary” on the Syfy Channel. Needless to say, dude knows his sci-fi, so he should fit right in here.
There were no further details about the upcoming show, or what direction they’re taking, so we’ll just have to wait for more details later.
The franchise itself began as an original movie in 1992 by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It has since spun off four sequels, with a fifth one (“Universal Soldier: A New Generation”) currently in production with original stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren back to pound on each other once again.
The original premise found a couple of dead Vietnam War-era badass soldiers being reconstituted as the ultimate soldiers. Of course, as is always the cast with these “ultimate” military weapon types, the soldiers eventually AWOL, and before you know it, the ol military is regretting it. Ain’t that always the case? Ally Walker played a spunky journalist type in the first movie.