Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Kickboxer' Also Getting Remake Treatment

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.

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  • Insert drunk Van Dammage video here. While they're at it, they should remake No Retreat No Surrender and set it in North Korea.
  • ?
    Can't wait for the remakes of the sequels to Kickboxer. It sure helped Sasha Mitchell's carrier .
    • They made Kickboxer 3?!
      • ?
        Dude ,they went all the way to 5 check IMDb
  • lewinston
    There's not enough male denim shorts in the world.
  • truong18
    van dammes can make a cameo
  • Lagoya
    Oh for feck sake!!! first bloodsport now kickboxer...*sigh*
  • grimjob
    How is it that I'm still surprised every time some assholes want to remake a great movie from my youth? God what a sorry fucking state the industry is in right now. That comment about Fung being a filmmaker and actor reminded me of Stephen Chow. What the hell ever happened to him? I love his movies.




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