(an outlawvern.com fucking exclusive)
The other day the internet was set on fire and punched in the face with reports from Cannes that John Hyams (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION) would probly be returning with Van Damme and Lundgren for another UNISOL picture, and in 3-D. This is of course great news for people like us who have seen REGENERATION (currently my pick for best DTV movie ever made) and are anxious to see Hyams direct something else, anything else. And of course we’re happy to see more of Van Damme and Lundgren, especially if they can be as great as they were in that movie.
But 3-D? Does that mean they expect to release it theatrically? Couldn’t Variety have explained this more? I’m not trying to be a journalist but since I’m more interested in this than the journalists and I happened to have contact info for John Hyams I decided I had to ask him about it.
Hyams confirms that the movie is at least in the works, saying “Yeah, it looks like this thing will happen and I’m excited about it.” But he says the 3-D part is not definite.
“It’s something they’re interested in, so we’ll explore it,” he says. “I need to learn what’s involved and educate myself about it. The bottom line is we’re so early in the process that nothing is off the table, but it’s my job to make sure that we don’t do anything that is going to end up being lame.”
Judging by the amount of thought and effort that obviously went into REGENERATION, with no guarantee of anybody even appreciating it, I’m sure Hyams will either find a great way to use 3-D or not use it. And hopefully if he uses it they’ll figure out a way to get it on screens so we don’t have to wait for those 3-D tvs we’re never gonna be able to afford anyway. “As for theatrical or not theatrical,” he says, “as I said, it’s all on the table.”
Unlike REGENERATION, which was already in development before Hyams came aboard, this one will be based on his concept and he’ll be writing the script. “I feel like I’m getting a chance to do something different with it, and something that can reflect my sensibilities in a deeper way.”
And if you’re looking forward to seeing those sensibilities applied to other material I’m happy to report he’s got another one he’s trying to get off the ground. He’s hopeful that something he describes as “a horror film – an extremely intense one,” might be able to start right after he finishes US4.
VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.