'V for Vendetta' Director to Reboot Van Damme's 'Bloodsport' Next
Over two years ago, news came from Cannes that Salt director Phillip Noyce was going to direct a remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1988 underground martial arts drama Bloodsport. However, no details have emerged since then. Now Variety reports V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue has boarded the project with Relativity Media behind the reboot. The script still comes from Robert Mark Kamen, the writer of The Fifth Element, Taken and The Transporter franchise, who developed the story with Noyce, with a rewrite coming from Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited), supervised by McTeigue himself.
Though a cast still needs to be rounded up, the story is said to follow mercenaries in present day as they get involved with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo (which means "anything goes") fighting. Originally, we heard the story followed a single American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan and gets involved in a martial arts contest, but maybe some changes have been made to follow an ensemble as opposed to a single fighter. The film is looking to begin production early next year, shooting in Australia and Rio de Janeiro. Will the film strike a chord with fighting fans?