'V for Vendetta' Director to Reboot Van Damme's 'Bloodsport' Next

July 24, 2013
Source: Variety


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?

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No. Leave this one alone please. Its a much-loved classic with armies of die hard fans - myself included. The pitch of the reboot doesn't sound ANYTHING like the original anyway, so thankfully, if it ever does get made, the only resemblance will be the name and nothing else.

TurtleDove on Jul 24, 2013


I used to love bloodsport, the dancing scene will never be mastered by anyone.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2013


Ha! Please let them keep the original soundtrack as well.

mooreworthy on Jul 24, 2013


am i crazy or is this scene from kickboxer, not bloodsport? both great films...

tongpo on Jul 24, 2013


That's Kickboxer fool

Bob on Jul 24, 2013


They all blend into one Bob. White dude learns a martial art that takes a lifetime to learn in a week and kicks everyone's ass. I wish Google would stop letting me down, maybe one day I'll use my own memory.

Carpola on Jul 25, 2013


TurtleDove and Lagoya I totally agree. This is one of my favorite JVD movies ever. Its a classic that should be left alone because it was his best movie. Kind of sad right now.

blkstar on Jul 24, 2013


Exactly this is just another Hollywood remake, no more ideas out there,no originality.

blkstar on Jul 25, 2013


Get the fight and stunt coordinators from Ninja Assassin and I will be there day one at Red box. Believe DAT!

mooreworthy on Jul 24, 2013


If it's a movie and not a series, it's a REMAKE not a REBOOT.

octopus on Jul 24, 2013


Love the original..absolute mistake to touch it

Corey Ross on Jul 24, 2013


Soooo, this isn't about Frank Dux? Then how in god's name is this a remake? More bullshit cashing in on an established name, while having nothing to do with the source material. (looking at you World War Z) You want to make this movie, fine. But don't call it Bloodsport!

grimjob on Jul 24, 2013


oh you mean DIRECTOR OF THE GREATEST NINJA MOVIE OF ALL TIME?! Said some one I know and it's on the dvd box >_>

Kento on Jul 25, 2013

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