Phillip Noyce Set to Remake Jean Claude Van Damme's 'Bloodsport'

May 17, 2011
Source: Screen Daily


After helming the 2010 summer action flick Salt, director Phillip Noyce has been linked to several different projects. There's Our Wild Life with Nicole Kidman circling the lead role, an adaptation of an unpublished Navy SEALs thriller Firing Point, the time travel drama Timeless, and the spy flick Wenceslas Square. Now the filmmaker finds himself linked to another project as Screen Daily has heard news out of Cannes that Noyce is set to direct a remake of the 1988 Jean Claude Van Damme action flick Bloodsport with Robert Mark Kamen, writer behind Fifth Element, Taken and The Transporter franchise, scripting it.

While the original film took place in Hong Kong following a fighter competing in an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. This time, the story has some slight changes following an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest. Obviously the incorporation of Afghanistan is what makes it a contemporary take on the story, but I'm betting the action and fighting probably won't make this too much of a departure from the original. The real question is who will step up to take the role filled by Jean Cladue Van Damme? Thoughts?

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  • Scott Adkins
  • YourName …No Seriously =)
    Looking at the writings of Robert Mark Kamen, could be good. But why REMAKE!! Do a complete different movie, with JCVD as lead. He still has potential to act. THUMBS UP if you agree!! =)
  • Abi
    It would be good if they include Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Sasha Mitchell, Gary Daniels, Michael Jai White and Kurt Angle in the film's martial arts tournament.
    • Steven
      A martial art version of The Expendables, that sounds well cool. 
  • Loser
     has jason statham written all over it don`t you think
  • jah p
    My vote would be Statham or like Jason mentioned above Scott Adkins, in which btw is doing a movie with JCVD.
  • Jesse Arias
    I have the perfect person. George St. Pierre!!! From the UFC. He's familiar with Martial Art's and Combat sport. And French Canadian. Perfect cast 
    • rocKKicker
      but can he act? 
      • peimeilotus
        did jcvd ? 
      • peimeilotus
        did jcvd ? 
      •  Can JCVD act?
  • rocKKicker
    statham hardy those are my two votes 
  • Anonymous
    What for? You might as well just use any fighting video game for the usual revenge-join illegal fighting tournament story
  • avi3316
    bloodsport is a classic movie, leave it alone!
    • grimjob
      Agree! besides, if its not about Frank Dux, then it can't be a remake. Just a worthless rip off. 
      • …………..
        Exactly I was hoping someone would point this out how can you make changes to a story based on real events? Fact is you don't make a true story "contemporary", you don't replace JCVD, matter of fact you just don't touch Bloodsport. If you want to remake Bloodsport 3 I have no objections, I might even help you with ideas, but leave the original alone.
  • Anonymous
     Kickboxer was better, remake that instead:)
    • Lagoya
      They are both classics! But I thought bloodsport was better myself 😉 nevertheless, neither of them need a remake!
  • Kaim
     Hope they find a good replacement for Bolo.
  • Silvester
     Jean Cladue Van Damme is still fit for this role. I cant believe that no one is protesting, Bloodsport is nothing without Van Damme in the credits. Show some love for JCVD.Jean Cladue Van Damme is still fit for this role. I cant believe that no one is protesting, Bloodsport is nothing without Van Damme in the credits. Show some love for JCVD.
    • Manny
  •  There's only one question, 'Will there be a double split kick to the head?'.I can't believe the original had Forest Whitaker in it, also from the trailer there seems to be some semblance of a plot, which I don't remember from watching it as a 12 year old. And it was based on a true story? Madness. 
    • Lagoya
      Yeah thats why I loved the original! It was based on the life of Frank Dux who supposedly actually fought in the "kumite", he even created his own martial arts style, Dux-Ryu.
  • Syko
    Another perfect example of why I never go to see movies anymore....I used to see at least 2-3 new movies a month. Now I see 2-3 a year. I'm tired of Hollywood not coming up with enough original projects and remaking/reimaging ever damn movie, cartoon, or already made anything! BLAH!
    • Have Hope
       movies suck these days
  • Spider
     Terrible idea!! Hollywood, especially Noyce, should leave this JCVD classic alone!
  • Gerry
    If you want to keep it real then you need a real fighter in the lead role, My vote goes to the Best Fighter on the Planet George St-Peairre. ps he can act to. 
  • AB
    JCVD has done a fly on the wall series about his life, Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, which has just finished broadcasting in the UK. Anyway, in one of the episodes, he gets the news about the sequel/remake and that he is not being considered for the role and he lets rip. It's a bit of a rant and you need to watch the series to appreciate/understand the content of his rant as he goes off in a tangent but he is, understandably, disappointed. Link below - you need to fast forward to 7m 32s.
      Yeh i seen the series aswell, he can still act, looking at his age he still got the moves, he deserves more. Like he said "It's like making Rambo.Rocky without Stallone" 
  • Brian
    Can Hollywood PLEASE leave classics to stay as classics?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?! It's almost to a point of absurdity.  There are a TON of writers out there foaming at the mouth for their chance; with amazing ideas, and all Hollywood can do is remake; reboot, and sequelize everything!
  • TreidoN
    This idea is reh-tard. I agree with Brian, it's a damn classic. The alteration to the story already sounds terrible. Casting is the only thing they can do to possibly salvage such a terrible idea. It's like the idea of remaking the Crow, wtf? Maybe they can get Brandon Lee to play Frank Dux.
  • read about this i dont want a remake but it could be good if its made right though
  • Tomit
    Bren Foster is the only guy for this job! I heard they are in talks
  • Tomit
    another photo!
  • Snoophawk
    Bloodsport was based on  a true story, you cant change the staory and still call it bloodsport. It is a totally different story.
    Yeh i seen the series aswell, he can still act, looking at his age he still got the moves, he deserves more. Like he said "It's like making Rambo.Rocky without Stallone.and Jacky chan as well.




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