UPDATED: James McTeigue to update the Kumite by directing the BLOODSPORT remake! KICKBOXER remake also in the works!!
Howdy do, everyone, Papa Vinyard here.
UPDATE (19:50): We now have word from Deadline that Radar Pictures is developing a remake of another early Jean-Claude Van Damme pic, 1989's KICKBOXER. They've signed on Stephen Fung (TAI CHI ZERO) to direct, and have lined up TV writers Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis to do the script. No word as to casting, shooting dates, or how closely they'll follow the original's framework, which involved a fighter who gets crippled by the freaky-as-shit Tong Po, and his brother (played by JCVD) who subsequently gets his ass in gear to get some in-ring revenge.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW:
The Wachowski Siblings' go-to director, James McTeigue, has signed on to Relativity's BLOODSPORT reboot, according to Variety. The pic is gearing up to shoot early next year in Australia and Brazil, and McTeigue, along with Craig Rosenberg (AFTER THE SUNSET, THE UNINVITED), is currently rewriting the old draft by Robert Mark Kamen and Philip Noyce (who was previously lined up to direct). In Kamen/Noyce's draft, the story isn't directly a remake of the '88 Cannon version, and is about a group of mercs who get involved with a no-holds-barred MMA (also known as Vale Tudo) tournament . There are no current plans to get the original Frank Dux (well not the original, considering he was a real dude), Jean-Claude Van Damme, involved, in order to create thematic distance between the somewhat-cheesy original and this modern-day update.
It impresses me that Relativity and producer Edward R. Pressman (whose credits range from PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE to CHERRY 2000 to the CROW series to BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL - NEW ORLEANS) sprung for a director with McTeigue's clout and experience instead of pulling a Golan/Globus and signing some random dude like Newt Arnold, who directed the original. I dig V FOR VENDETTA, and the less-interesting NINJA ASSASSIN, as well as his AD work on the MATRIX films, showed that he has a good eye for action choreography. I hope that the new script does not try and make the film too character driven, and keeps it focused on the in-tournament melees as well as the plot stuff. Lest we forget, a lot of the less successful material in the original BLOODSPORT has to do with out-of-the-ring hijinks and melodrama (although you gotta love Forest Whitaker chasing JCVD around Hong Kong).
And, for gods sake, I pray they don't shy away from the training montages, the splits, and especially the kicking. What the hell are they trying to do over there anyway? Win Best Picture?
If BLOODSPORT shoots Q1 2014 like they're aiming for, we should see it in cinemas sometime late 2014/early 2015.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
- Darker ZORRO Reboot Finds its Writer! -- 189 total posts 189 posts
- Nordling Reviews THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL! -- 84 total posts 82 posts
- Learn What Happens Next On HBO’s GAME OF THRONES!! -- 75 total posts 75 posts
- Idris Elba to voice a great, big, bloody Bengal tiger by the name of Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's JUNGLE BOOK! -- 86 total posts 60 posts
- Sam Raimi to produce an adaptation of THE LAST OF US!!! -- 150 total posts 46 posts
- From The Director Of GRAVITY!! The First Two Minutes Of NBC And Bad Robot’s BELIEVE!! -- 45 total posts 45 posts
- Jeremy Returns With More Tales From The CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Set! -- 71 total posts 45 posts
- "Just another Saturday night" Marv and company are back in the first trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR!! -- 185 total posts 43 posts
- Eric Bana Wants to DELIVER US FROM EVIL in this New Trailer! -- 43 total posts 43 posts
- Merrick Stands Up In The Milky Way To Be Pummeled By The Greatness Of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY!! -- 39 total posts 39 posts