One of the most underrated films of the 90’s was Jean Claude Van Damme’s action piece Hard Target that was directed by the legendary director John Woo.
Now Woo is producing a sequel to the cult hit and while JCVD is nowhere to be seen, his replacement is Scott Adkins who has developed quite a huge fan base thanks to his straight to DVD action films.
Here is the official statement from the studio regarding Hard Target 2.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Forced into a deadly cat-and-mouse game, a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter is hunted through the jungles of Southeast Asia in Hard Target 2, wrapped production in Thailand. A no-holds-barred battle for survival through treacherous terrain inspired by John Woo’s hard-driving 1993 action-thriller, Hard Target 2 Unrated Edition premieres exclusively on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD Fall 2016 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to reboot this much-loved action film for a new generation,” says Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “With exciting hand-to-hand combat, mind-blowing stunts and a plot that raises the stakes even higher, Hard Target 2 will thrill fans of the original as well as and anybody who enjoys a top-notch, adrenaline-fueled action-adventure.”
Filming through November 21, 2015, Hard Target 2 boasts an impressive international ensemble including Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2), Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman), Rhona Mitra (Shooter, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Ann Truong (“Sonnigsburg,” “Neighbours”), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith, Green Lantern), Adam Saunders (“Blue Water High,” A Heartbeat Away), Jamie Timony (The Hunter, The Eye of the Storm), Peter Hardy (Chopper, Sweat), Sean Keenan (“Lockie Leonard,” “Puberty Blues”), Sahajak Boonthanakit (Man with the Iron Fists 2, Zero Tolerance) and Anteo Quintavalle (D is for Detroit, Bang Bang).
Hard Target 2 is directed by Roel Reine (Death Race 2, Dead in Tombstone) who also serves as director of photography. It is written by Matthew Harvey & Dominic Morgan (Futureshock: Comet) and George Huang (S.W.A.T., Swimming with Sharks). The film is produced by Chris Lowenstein (The Hangover Parts II and III). Editor is Radu Ion (Death Race 2, The Man with the Iron Fists 2). Unit production manager is Oliver Ackermann (The Hangover Parts II and III).