Kickboxer and Bloodsport Remakes Greenlit. Reboots of Jean-Claude Van Damme films Kickboxer and Bloodsport are on the way. Both will be brought to the screen by different directors at different studios. Jean-Claude Van Damme will not star in either films but cameos are not out of the realm of possibilities.
On Kickboxer‘s director and the people behind the scenes:
Radar Pictures aims to reboot the franchise with Hong Kong director Stephen Fung at the helm…Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis (Air America) will pen the Kickboxer script, with Logothetis producing alongside Ted Field and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will exec produce.
On Kickboxer‘s casting and production schedule: “Casting is underway now eyeing a fall or possible early 2014 start.”
On the original Kickboxer:
Kickboxer is a 1989 American martial arts sports drama film written, produced and directed by Mark DiSalle, and also directed by David Worth, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion, Dennis Alexio.
On Bloodsport‘s director and the people behind the scenes:
James McTeigue will direct…Robert Kamen wrote the script from a story by Kamen and Phillip Noyce which Craig Rosenberg will rewrite under McTeigue’s guidance. Relativity is producing alongside Edward R. Pressman, Chris Brown, Alberto Lensi, Pictures in Paradises and Trans-American Films International.
On Bloodsport‘s plot:
a plot that deviates from the the 1988 original…Relativity’s version will instead 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.
On the original Bloodsport:
Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts drama film directed by Newt Arnold, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roy Chiao, Donald Gibb and Leah Ayres. The film is based in part on fiction as well as in part inspired by claims made by American martial artist Frank Dux. It sold well at the box office, grossing $11,806,119 domestically on a budget of $1,100,000. Bloodsport was one of Van Damme’s first starring films and showcased his athletic abilities.
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