Articles & Notes — July 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Classic Van Damme films “Bloodsport”, “Kickboxer” to be remade

van damme kickboxerJean-Claude Van Damme made a name for himself early in his career, starring in movies like “Bloodsport” and “Kickboxer” that later became cult martial arts classics.

And considering that Hollywood is constantly proving that it really has no fresh ideas left – both “Bloodsport” and “Kickboxer” are getting remade. Reportedly, without Van Damme’s involvement.

As Collider reported, a few years ago, “Salt” director Philip Noyce became attached to helm a new iteration of “Bloodsport”, however the movement on the pic has been nonexistent in the ensuing months.

Lately, Variety reported that the project isn’t really dead, as Relativity Media has tapped “The Raven” and “V for Vendetta” helmer James McTeigue to direct “Bloodsport”.

According to the report, the production will reportedly take place in Australia and Rio de Janeiro early next year. The original film took place in Hong Kong and found Van Damme’s Army soldier going AWOL and fighting for his master’s honor in a tournament. Three more sequels followed the original film, this time starring B-movie martial arts star Daniel Bernhardt.

According to Variety, the new “Bloodsport” film will take place in South America, as it will “explore the life of 21st century mercenaries as they collide with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting.”

The existing script by “Taken” scribe Robert Mark Kamen will be rewritten by Craig Rosenberg under McTeigue’s supervision.

As for another Van Damme classic, the “Kickboxer”, reportedly the remake of the film will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero). Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis will be working on the script.

The film is set up through Radar Pictures, which produced “The Last Samurai” and “Riddick”. Casting is now underway and producers are looking towards an early 2014 start.

Van Damme himself has shared a link to the news on “Kickboxer” remake, yet did not express any thoughts on it.

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