Phillip Noyce Set to Remake Jean Claude Van Damme's 'Bloodsport'
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 There's Our Wild Life with Nicole Kidman circling the lead role, an adaptation of an unpublished Navy SEALs thriller Firing Point, the time travel drama Timeless, and the spy flick Wenceslas Square.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?