Phillip Noyce to direct and Robert Mark Kamen to script a reinvention of iconic Jean Claude Van Damme actioner Bloodsport, and best choice for teh role
Courtesy of Screendaily we now know that veteran producer Ed Pressman has closed deals with Phillip Noyce to direct and Robert Mark Kamen to script a reinvention of iconic Jean Claude Van Damme actioner Bloodsport (1988).
Alberto Lensi is producing with Pressman the story will follow an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest. Mark DiSalles is executive producing.
Kamen’s recent work includes the Transporter franchise, Taken, Bandidas and Kiss Of The Dragon for EuropaCorp, while Noyce’s last film was the Sony hit Salt starring Angelina Jolie.
For those not familiar with bloodsport, it tells the story of an American man named Frank W. Dux (Jean Claude Van Damme), who was trained from his youth in the ways of Ninjutsu by a Japanese master of the art, Senzo Tanaka (Roy Chiao). Primarily to honor his mentor out of gratitude and respect for having been allowed the training in place of Senzo Tanaka's deceased and only son, Dux leaves for Hong Kong to participate in the Kumite — an illegal and underground, freestyle, single-elimination and occasionally deadly full-contact martial arts tournament to which the world's best martial artists are clandestinely invited every five years.
The movie propelled JCVD to stardom, and as a reminder of how awesome it was, here is a clip of the infamous training scene...check out the scene at the end with splits!
So who could play Van Damme? Many are saying Jason Statham, but that's too contrived. There are other action stars ready ad keen for there break, so why not make this their breakout film in the same way bloodsport was for JCVD?. I say they go for Scott Adkins, who played weapon x in Wolverine and Boyka in Undisputed!
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