Stargate‘s Kindler writing Universal Soldier reboot, Cooper penning Lifetime pilot
Thursday - October 13, 2011
There’s life after Stargate not only for the SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU actors, but for the franchise’s writing and producer talent, as well. Among them are Damian Kindler and Robert C. Cooper, who have just had new projects announced.
Kindler (who is currently working on the fourth season of Syfy’s Sanctuary, which he created) has been tapped to write a pilot for a new television adaptation of Universal Soldier, the 1992 sci-fi movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. The story follows a secret Army project that reanimates dead soldiers and uses them as advanced super-soldiers engineered for secret missions. There were a number of straight-to-DVD and theatrical sequels, most recently 2010′s Universal Soldier: Redemption.
The original film was directed by Roland Emmerich, who would go on to direct Stargate in 1994.
Universal Soldier will be produced by FremantleMedia North America, with Allen Shapiro and Craig Baumgarten serving as executive producers.
Kindler’s production company is also working Sherwood, on a pilot project for Syfy, said to be an outer space adaptation of the Robin Hood legend. There’s been no news on that project since it was announced in the summer of 2010 (story).
Robert C. Cooper
Robert Cooper will write and executive produce a new series for Lifetime, a 1930s period piece that chronicles the life of The Hollywood Reporter creator William Wilkerson. In addition to his work as THR‘s editor-in-chief and front-page columnist, Wilkerson was a well-known restauranteur and nightclub owner, and an outspoken anti-communist.
The series is being produced by GK-TV and Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil.
Cooper comes off a recent stint on Transporter: The Series, in production for a 2012 premiere on Cinemax in the U.S. He helped get the new production up and running along with former Stargate execs Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who unexpected left Transporter in August over creative differences.
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