Van Damme’s ‘Bloodsport’ & ‘Kickboxer’ Both Getting Reboots

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Bloodsport and Kickboxer Remakes Reboots Van Dammes Bloodsport & Kickboxer Both Getting Reboots

Two movies that made a star of Jean-Claude Van Damme in the late ’80s - Bloodsport (1988) and Kickboxer (1989) – are both getting reboots. (Does it even feel like pain anymore?)

Relativity Media reportedly has director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) attached to the new version of Bloodsport, while Kickboxer will be re-launched by Radar Pictures (Riddick), with Hong Kong director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) at the helm.

Deadline dropped the news of the Bloodsport/Kickboxer reboots.  The site reports that the new Bloodsport - originally about an army officer who goes AWOL to compete in an illegal underground fight tournament – will now be about “the morally-conflicted life of 21st century mercenaries who clash with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo, the martial arts style used by Donald Gibb’s character in the original film.” So yeah, that’s something… different. The script has an impending re-write by Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited), who is re-working the vision of Robert Kamen (Taken Trilogy) and Phillip Noyce (Salt), the creative team originally attached to the reboot.

Jean Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport Van Dammes Bloodsport & Kickboxer Both Getting Reboots

Kickboxer - which was originally about a man who learns Muay Thai kickboxing in order to avenge his brother in a brutal fight – will get a script by TV writer Jim McGrath (Air AmericaMatlock) and his former collaborator Dimitri Logothetis (The Lost Angel, Air America). No word yet on whether or not the script writers are going to re-imagine the storyline for the rebooted version; however, given the names attached, it seems like Fung’s action prowess (for what it’s worth) is going to have to carry things. Check out a scene from Tai Chi Zero, below:

Of the two projects, Bloodsport has the more promising team handling script and directing duties – but since neither film has a cast picked out yet – particularly stars to replace Van Damme in the leading roles – it’s hard to judge either way whether or not these re-visits to two action movie cult-classics are going to be in any way worthwhile. For now, there’s bound to be more skepticism than optimism.


We’ll keep you updated on the status of both the Bloodsport and Kickboxer reboots.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Say whut!? Is Hollywood even trying anymore? Is stagnation the “new” ish?

  2. They should just combine it into one movie:




    • Haha

      Make it a mash up of Van damme’s classic movies
      - bloodsport, kickboxer, lionheart, double impact, hard target they are more or less always the same plot with tweaks here and there

      • Van Damme already tried that himself. I don’t even remember the movie name, but it was combining elements of a lot of his better movies, but of course it was terrible.

        • I wanna say it was called the quest

        • I think it was called THE QUEST and it was pretty good

          • It had Roger Moore in it, what “moore” could you ask for……

    • Kicksport – but change the story to a kid nicknamed Sport with an abusive father (played by JCVD)

      BAM! Straight to DVD hit!

  3. Okay i am actually excited for this reboot yeah i have been saying this for a long long time … I love the originals but but Van Damme is a terrible actor. yeah has a nice body but he sucks so i say BRING IT ON!!!

    • U can’t remake those movies without van damme fool get that through your head…

    • Van Damme actually had some pretty decent acting in JCVD.

  4. What the heck. Bloodsport is supposed to be based on a true story. It ain’t a reboot if you totally change it and just keep the title

    • ^^^^^ This ^^^^^^

      Seems that now a days the only thing important to Hollywood is the title of the movie so they can leech of the name recognition but then totally change the movie’s premise.

      • cough World War Z cough

        • But….Frank Dux seemed to be a bit of a BS merchant though.

          Sure, Bloodsport was allegedly based on a part of his life but I barely believe any of that or the other things he claims actually happened.

    • That’s what I was going to say. Bloodsport is based on the life of Frank Dux, who also choreographed that movie btw, how can they completely change the story.

  5. As much as I hate this trend of remakes/reboots, i think Bloodsport could be good if done correctly. Think of a more brutal underground version of Warrior (but without the lame final 2 minutes).

    As for kickboxer, meh. I say leave it be. Will they get Van Damme to cameo in them? Maybe as an aged version of the same character?

    • His character got killed off lol. There was at least five sequels that I remember.

  6. Scott Adkins would be the perfect replacement.

    • @deacon:

      Agreed about Scott Adkins.

    • I was thinking that too. Scott Atkins as young JCVD as Frank Dux

  7. This is just another example of Hollywoods attitude towards new concepts, I’m sure there are thousands of new ideas floating around but Hollywoods seemingly lack of vision and bad attitude towards new ideas leave these in no mans land, I loved the originals, people can slate them all they want and moan about JCVD but he was a better actor than he was give credit for, we really are in bad times when it comes to movies, if its not a reboot, from a comic or from a novel, some of which no one has heard of then it won’t get made, come on Hollywood buck your ideas up and get some truly original concepts on the big screen to restore some faith

    • @Dr Revus:

      Shhh… I’m still waiting for the Commando sequel or reboot.

      • Commando sequel you say?

        Schwarzenegger actually turned down the sequel idea, saying he couldn’t make it work and didn’t like the idea. It was about John Matrix saving Jenny from an office block but when he said no, the writers changed a few things.

        Matrix became McClane and Commando 2 became Die Hard.

        Just a fun little fact there about my fave movie.

        • whoah mind blown

          • That’s what’s funny about the Die Hard movie. DH3 is actually a re-written version of what Lethal Weapon 4 was originally supposed to be. For awhile there it was looking like the Die Hard series was a dump for other franchise stories that didn’t work out.

            • Olympus Has Fallen could basically be Die Hard 6.

              I kept thinking “John McClane” during the whole movie.

            • Really????

              According to the commentary on DH3 the 1st half up to the explosion under Wall Street is a minor variation on a script called “Simon Says” which was banded around Hollywood and the script was picked up and the writer was asked to Die Hard it.

              • It’s based on the Simon Says script written by Jonathan Hensleigh, which was originally conceived as a Brandon Lee action film then later re-written for Riggs and Murtaugh for for use as the fourth installment of the Lethal Weapon series (which you can tell given the dynamic between McClain and Jackon’s character). There was no reason in me bringing up the Simon Says aspect because it was never filmed and not part of a franchise (two things outside the purview of my statement).

                Unused parts of the script were also used in The Thomas Crown Affair, most notably the Museum of art sequence.

                My comment still holds that it was originally intended to be Lethal Weapon 4 (the scriptws first consideration post-Brandon) and that the Die Hard franchise was starting to look like a dump for other franchise scripts.

                Hit up Google for “Die Hard 3 originally Lethal Weapon 4″. I figure that many references can’t be wrong.

              • The reason for the dumping ground aspect of my comment was that the first four films in the series were all adapted from novels and/or screenplays starring other characters later re-written into Die Hard films. The fifth is the first screenplay specifically written for Die Hard from inception.

                Die Hard- The Detective (novel/film) adapted as Commando 2 then re-written as DH.

                Die Hard 2- Walter Wager’s 58 Minutes novel adapted as DH2.

                Die Hard 3- Simon Says screenplay adapted to Lethal Weapon 4 then re-written as DH3.

                Die Hard 4- David Marconi’s screenplay re-written as Live Free or Die Hard.

        • Yeah… was aware of the Die Hard connection (I believe they based it on the book Nothing Lasts Forever).

          I don’t really want a sequel/reboot starring Arnold (he can make a cameo), I want it with someone like The Rock or Terry Crews.

  8. Great, just what we’ve been clamoring for: more reboots.

  9. Sounds like these will both be straight to video, who would waste time going to see these… oh wait, probably everyone who paid to see grown-ups2.

    • If Van Damme was the star, I’d go see them.

      Even if he’s not a proper actor, Van Damme is still worth the ticket price compared to crap like Sandler.

  10. pass, send these straight to video…

  11. unnecessary. completely, and utterly unnecessary.

  12. BLOODSPORT was pretty awesome. If you have an unique and interesting group of fighters it could be like a real live action awesome fest of street fighter – esque proportions!!

    • Tong Po!!!!!

      • Not-su-kow! :-D

  13. I’d rather see a remake of No Retreat No Surrender but who would play Bruce Lees ghost?

  14. I’m a fan of reboots. Keep it up Hollywood! Keep churning out this A+ material! I can’t wait to watch it on Netflix in 6 months.

  15. How stupid. I was bad enough when they remade Karate Kid and had a black boy playing the role of ralph macchio and kicking some Chinese boy’s butt. Yeah, like that would ever happen in real life. They better not have any black people reprise the role of van damme.

    • This is one of the most ignorant comments I’ve seen on this sight. And there are a lot.

    • I got to say Ralph Macchio`s Karate skills sucked very badly compare to J. Smith KK, at least it had better fighting scenes.

      • The Karate Kid was one of the best movies of the 80s. Don’t front.

    • My only problem withthe Karate Kid remake was that they were doing kung fu, not karate, they should have called it Kung fu kid.

      • My only problem was that I wanted the Chinese kid to beat on Jaden and win in the end.

        Really can’t stand that kid. Something about him that just oozes “cocky little brat that needs putting in his place”.

  16. Why???????????????????

  17. I dont know why..but im picturing Dwayne Johnson to be in Bloodsport.

  18. Van Damme is not gonna like this !

  19. No Jean-Claude Van Damme as the lead ?
    Then both are epic failures before they even start making either reboot.
    Like rebooting
    1. Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford
    2. First Blood without Sylvester Stallone
    3. Ghostbusters without Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson
    4. Back to the Future without Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox
    5. The first Alien without Sigourney Weaver
    6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off without Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
    7. Die Hard without Bruce Willis
    lol Sorry but there’s movies from the 80s hollywood shouldn’t touch.
    Wanna reboot something then reboot
    1. The Lawnmower Man
    2. Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
    3. Critters
    4. Supergirl
    5. Flash Gordon
    6. Altered States
    7. The Gate
    8. Gate 2: The Trespassers
    There’s tons of horrible movies from 1980 that needs rebooting.
    Hollywood needs to stop screwing up the good ones because they already have fan recognition as so directors can piggy back off it’s fame & hit the top 100 list bad movies from the 80s.

    • Hollywood needs to put they’re talent together use they’re creativity, stop covering crap movies with an overdose of CG, explosions & hot topic cast members, & think up something decent. Not all the reboot these days are bad but crying out loud a large percentage sucks.
      The reboots that are good could’ve been sequels or branching storylines to the 80s version.
      Total Recall
      Could’ve stood on they’re own as follow ups & not reboots.

    • How many times have you seen a reboot/remake have the original actor as the lead?

    • Agreed. Leave the classics alone….

  20. Of course – MMA Bloodsport. Gina Carano or Rhonda Rousey as the token female fighter role in Bloodsport as someone actually knows how to fight rather than just mimic fake moves on screen.

    • van damme isnt a mimic if that whats u sayin…get out of here

  21. The biggest problem with Van Dam movies was scripts that stunk and a actor who could do great fight scenes, but couldn’t act. I think with all the digital magic today that they could find someone who could act well enough for a decent script and still have good fight scenes even if he isn’t well trained for years

    • i saw him in a movie..wasnt a naction movie forgot the title..a b movie
      he did a fcking great job seriously cant remember title

  22. Jason statham is the only guy who should be the lead in a Blood Sport remake.

    • He’s getting a little long in the tooth for the premis of the story….Maybe Tony Ji, but I’m not sure he can speak english…There’s a lot of other young guys who know the basics of martial arts who could probably fake the rest without much problem.

      • do you mean tony jaa of ong bak & protector?

        • If that’s how it’s spelled…Then yes

  23. Are we really calling this a reboot??? I mean, I think of reboots as something you do for established franchises. James Bond, Star Trek, the Batman movies, etc. Those get rebooted. Bloodsport and Kickboxer’s unmemorable sequels don’t make them franchises and as far as I’m concerned these new movies should be referred to as remakes and nothing more. The term “reboot” is being floated around WAY TOO LIBERALLY.

  24. dont touch these movies especialy bloodsport plz…