Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Kickboxer' Also Getting Remake Treatment
by Ethan Anderton
July 25, 2013
Just yesterday brought news of some progress on the gestating reboot of the Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts drama Bloodsport with V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue at the helm. Now another Van Damme fighting hit is getting the remake treatment as well. Deadline has word that Radar Pictures, the company behind this year's sequel Riddick, is looking to remake the 1989 film Kickboxer which actually arrived a year after Van Damme made his breakthrough with Bloodsport. Right now, Hong Kong director Stephen Fung is attached to direct, which should make for some great action.
Fung is a rising star right now after making a splash at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and his film Tai Chi Zero topped the box office in China, landing him agency representation in Hollywood. No cast is in place yet (and Fung could always make an appearance himself since he's also an actor), but the script is coming from Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis (Air America). It remains to be seen if this will give another unknown action talent the chance at stardom, or if a bigger name will be brought in to lead the film. It's hard to tell if fans will be interested in a movie with Kickboxer in the title without Van Damme involved, but we'll find out. Radar is hoping to start production this fall or early next year, so stay tuned.