So it seems that two of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films are in talks to be remade, Bloodsport (one of JCVD’s first starring roles) and Kickboxer.
Relativity Media has got James McTeigue (The Raven, V for Vendetta) in the director’s chair for Bloodsport, with casting due later this year and production taking place in Australia and Rio de Janeiro in early 2014. According to Variety, the story “will explore the life of 21st century mercenaries as they collide with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting“. Craig Rosenberg will rewrite the script, with McTeigue supervising.
Radar Pictures, who produced The last Samurai and Riddick, has Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) at the helm for Kickboxer, and will be co-written by Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis. Casting is currently underway with production due to commence in early 2014 as well.
Watch this space for more information….
Synopsis: Bloodsport (1988)
Frank Dux has entered the “kumite”, an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. In town for the fight are a number of fighters (all with different styles), as well as a journalist determined to get her story. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favourite.
Synopsis: Kickboxer (1989)
Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother, who was paralyzed in a bout against undefeated champion Tong Po. Sloane also takes on the Thai mafia.