Dolph Lundgren on Universal Soldier III
Just last week Jean-Claude Van Damme was talking about Universal Soldier III. Van Damme had said that he would only be filming for 10 days. And also that Dolph Lundgren may not be back, as the studio thought it didn't have value.
Well now Dolph Lundgren has spoken, and he says he has had discussions about starring in the film. It is him that is reluctant, and he puts that down to the script.
Jean-Claude Van Damme recently gave us an update on Universal Soldier III. He didn't seem to have a huge role though, and will only be filming for ten days. And when it came to his co-star in the first, Dolph Lundgren, he said the studio didn't think there was any value in him being in it.
Lundgren though says that he has been talking about an appearance in the third film. But that there are some things holding him back. And that the idea the studio thought there was no value in it, is false.
Absolutely untrue. I’ve met with the producers many times, and I AM the one resisting. I want it to be a good picture, and I’m working with the producers on the materials and trying to work it out. The truth is it’s still a script and I think it needs some work.
So it's more like he doesn't want to appear in a shoddy film. He also told MTV that he was not happy with the screen time that he and Jean Claude Van Damme would get.
Neither me nor Jean-Claude were carrying the picture and I didn’t agree with that. I think we have to be in the film more to give the audience what they want. You want some young guys in there too and you want a good story, but at the same time you want to use some of that old story element as well so that it does connect back. If [Van Damme and I] were to end up on screen together there’d be a large, built-in audience and we want to take advantage of that, to get what the audience came for, what they paid for.
He's pretty much making sense here. Not only that but he isn't interested in appearing in another film just for the sake of it.
’Universal Soldier’ is a great franchise, a great trademark, and I think it should be done very well and not rushed. I’m not begging for anything. I wrote and directed the last two movies I did so I’m a little bit concerned about the material. What I’m doing is I want it to be a better film, a more intriguing storyline and not something you’ve seen before.
I'm not sure I'd agree that it is a great franchise. The first film was good stuff though, and Lundgren thinks the dynamic between the two characters should play a part in the next one.
[My character and Van Damme’s character] were team members and enemies, I think that’s a good way to go. I think that’s one of the strengths of the story. Plus my character tends to turn, so I mean that’s something that can be used in several ways and that’s what we are working on right now. I think if all parties want to do something together then usually there’s a way to work it out. If you make a shortcut on the script then you pay the price later.I guess we’ll see how it goes.
I don't know about you, but I'm with Lundgren here. Why do a third film if you aren't going to do it right? And why be involved if you don't like where it's going. I do think a third should use the interaction that the two had going on though. Maybe as leaders of two different squads?
Who knows, but it doesn't sound like Lundgren is in it just for the sake of it. He wants a decent Universal Soldier III. Don't we all? Or would you rather they didn't bother at all?