Yes, it seems to be true. Hollywood director Phillip Noyce is set to direct the remake of the classic, cult martial arts movie “Bloodsport”, with Jean Claude Van Damme and Bolo Yeung (and, with Forrest Whitaker, who has an oscar!).
According to Screen Daily, the remake project has attracted the attention (and subsequently director talents) of Phillip Noyce (director of “Salt”). Noyce would helm a film based on a script by the writer of “Taken”, Robert Mark Kamen.
For those of you who don’t remember (or don’t know), the original “Bloodsport” was a story of a real-life martial artist Frank Dux, who travels to Hong Kong to participate in the Kumite – an underground, no-holds-barred, martial arts tournament – where Dux, reportedly, fought opponent after opponent until he was crowned the contest’s first Western-born champion.
Now, the new story of the “Kumite” will go into a different direction – reportedly, Dux (presumably) gets a modern backstory as “an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan and gets involved in a martial arts contest.”
Changing one type of violence to another? Big deal. Anyway, this is what we got for now. So far there have been no news on who would Noyce and producer Edward Pressman want to play the lead. I am almost sure it’s not going to be Van Damme, as he should be starring in the Expendables 2, as he stated in his interview to me.
To me, original “Bloodsport” was a great film, with great directing, camera work (thanks to David Worth, whom I also talked to), and of course Bolo and Van Damme. Characters carried the first film. Now, the new film depends on the actors that will be cast. As far as my opinion goes, below are the points that must seriously be taken under consideration for a new movie.
1. Get someone from the original Bloodsport in a cameo, or small part.
2. Make sure the fight scenes are shot in slow-motion, like in the first film. No Steven Seagal-like directing where you cant see a thing. This is “kumite” after all!
3. Remember the melody that starts playing in the background, when “blind” Van Damme starts beating on Bolo Yeung? Why not remix it, and put it into a movie? To me, this was one of the best moments of the film – this music fit in just perfectly.
4. Find a worthy opponent for the lead hero. Original was great partially because of Bolo Yeung. That’s food for a thought.
5. Hire actors who can actually fight (remember Street Fighter?). Why not take the action stars of the 90s, they still have sometime left and they can fight. Get Jalal Merhi, find Jeff Wincott and Lorenzo Lamas…track down Matthias Hues, Loren Avedon and Billy Blanks. People would love to see those guys again.
6. Study the later movies in the “Bloodsport” series. I am talking about Daniel Bernhardt and “Bloodsport 2”, “Bloodsport 3”, which were great martial arts films, by the way (yes, the 4th one sucked).
Until then, we can relax and wait, what will this idea of remaking “Bloodsport” turn into.
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