It looks like two of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s action movies are going to have a double impact on the cinema in the next few years.
Yes, Hollywood are going to remake a couple of JCVD’s old movies.
Radar Pictures (The Last Samurai, Riddick) are going to remake Van Damme’s 1989 film Kickboxer. Hong Kong director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) is set to direct. According to Deadline, Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis (Air America) will write the Kickboxer script. Casting is underway now.
Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Zion, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life.
Then there is Bloodsport. Relativity are working on this reboot with James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) set to direct. The original had the following synopsis:
Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can’t because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants.
The new version is set to be a bit different from the original. This one will focus on the morally-conflicted life of 21st century mercenaries who clash with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo, the martial arts style used by Donald Gibb’s character in the original film.
How do you feel about Bloodsport and Kickboxer being remade?