Phillip Noyce Will Direct ‘Bloodsport’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 21st, 2011 at 11:01 pm,

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By now, with an ever-growing horde of remakes and reimaginings en route, it should come as no surprise that no beloved, or even cult, 80s property is safe from remake fever. While some films, such as Stallone’s Expendables, have capitalized on the nostalgia-fueled trend without having to directly remake a beloved film – many other 80s projects have not been so lucky.

Today, another iconic action-flick is on the precipice of a modern Hollywood make-over, Newt Arnold’s Bloodsport starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Famous film producer Ed Pressman (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is in Cannes shopping around a batch of new projects – which include the Bloodsport remake (in addition to the Crow remake).

According to Screen Daily, the remake project has attracted the attention (and subsequently director talents) of Phillip Noyce (Salt). Noyce would helm a film based on a script by Taken-writer, Robert Mark Kamen.

For anyone who grew-up after the 80s, the original Bloodsport followed the (potentially embellished) story of real-life martial artist Frank Dux (Van Damme) who travels to Hong Kong to fight in the Kumite – an underground, no-holds-barred, martial arts tournament – where Dux, reportedly, fought opponent after opponent until he was crowned the contest’s first Western-born champion.

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In the updated version, Dux (presumably) gets a modern backstory as “an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan [and] gets involved in a martial arts contest.”

While there’s no word on who Noyce and Pressman hope to cast in the lead role, it’ll be interesting to see how the modern-update, coupled with the now rampant reports of Frank Dux’ exaggerations, might alter the “based on a true story” angle of the original.

It’s certainly possible that the reboot may simply follow, as mentioned, an American (not necessarily named Dux) who fights in the now Brazilian tournament to forget the troubles of his past – instead of chronicling the series of Dux’ adventure in the Kumite. Meaning, the remake could be a fictional story based on a semi-fictional interpretation of a real man’s (potentially) fictional story.

No word yet on when we can expect to see the Bloodsport remake battle it out at the box office.

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Source: Screen Daily

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  1. Hopefully it is starring Scott Adkins and not Channing Tatum or someone else equally lame.

    Also, this will probably be packed full of MMA fighters

    • Atkins was the first name that popped into my pee brain.

  2. GOD WHYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  3. Great, reboot the ONE good Van Damme movie.

    If this movie is about an Afghan veteran entering a Brazilian martial arts tourney and not the Kumite then how is this a reboot and not just an entirely different movie.

    Oh and great way to escape violence there genius, go to Brazil and join a martial arts tourney.

  4. GREAT!!!
    A remake of a fake story…

    • hate to break the news to you but it’s not a FAKE story. The movie was inspired by RL events. They did most certainly embellish a LOT to make the story fun and interesting but that doesn’t mean there is no basis in fact.

  5. Ten bucks says they just change the name on the “Undisputed 4″ script to ‘Bloodsport’.
    Close enough.

  6. @Dante, it’s not about an Afghan, it’s an American who experienced violence in Afghanistan.

    • Yeah I know, should have said “veteran of War in Afghanistan”

  7. WHY!!???

    • Money.

  8. Statham.

    • Statham? He can’t do an American accent. I don’t think this can work if the star can’t use an American accent.

      (crickets chirping)

      Oh, right. I’ll just leave right now.

      8-)

      • Hahahaha

        Statham probably won’t work, he cannot play the unassuming bad@ss. You cannot get katana sword from stealing! It is very special sword!

  9. They better use the “OK USA” guy, because as we all know his was the best line in the whole movie.

  10. Bloodsport remake, really? I am a child from the 80′s and watched many MA films. Is the mass market still there for big screen MA films? Maybe. What about Timecop? Hardtarget? Cyborg?

  11. Reboot, remake, re…, re-… No wonder all the book stores are closing! Does anyone read, think and/or imagine any more?! Very sad and sickening!!

  12. Kumite, Kumite, Kumite….This was one of mine and my brothers favorite movies growing up. Whenever it was on we always had to watch it – crappy, censored version and all. It is pretty sad they are remaking this. But I guess they can just slap the Bloodsport name on it, call it a “re-imagining” and save it from a direct-to-video release. So Sad.

  13. So when is this DVD coming out ?

  14. What’s next? A remake of Timecop! (Oh wait I think I would like that actually.) How about a Remake of Masters of the Universe,except make it so it doesn’t suck!.

  15. The first bloodsport looked like a plagarized and updated version of ENTER THE DRAGON, now they are gonna remake it??? Hollywood really is desperate…

    • haha, you never saw Bloodsport did you? Because the only similarity the two have is there being martial arts involved and it’s centered around a tournament. That base criteria describes about 50 other movies.

      • @mongoose
        “haha, you never saw Bloodsport did you? Because the only similarity the two have is there being martial arts involved and it’s centered around a tournament. That base criteria describes about 50 other movies.”

        Frank dux’s says to his master, basics of JEET KUNE DO “to not limit to only one style”.

        Frank Dux avenging his master’s son, much like E.T.D

        Frank Dux not relying on his vision to defeat the enemy, much like the hall of mirrors on E.T.D

        The character of chong li, is much like the combined version of O hara/Han/Bolo in E.T.D

        Most of Frank Dux philosophy in fighting is the same as Bruce Lee’s character in E.T.D

        The setting of the tournament is secretly located somewhere in hong kong. Except in E.T.D it is in a island.

        The dim mak… very similar to the one inch punch..

        And Bolo Leong’s quote “Very good. But brick not hit back!” is a copied quote made by bruce in E.T.D, except it was O hara that broke a wooden board.

        And the coin trick in the film is one of bruce lee’s physical feats that he demonstrated..

        So overall the film is totally in the spirit of Enter the dragon and Bruce Lee’s fighting philosophy..

        • Wow, did you pull all that off some website? Most of that is either just plain wrong or grasping at straws, looking desperately for ANY connection no matter how vague or small.

          Lemme cover a few things though:

          “Frank dux’s says to his master, basics of JEET KUNE DO “to not limit to only one style”.”

          lol, so Bruce Lee is the only one who has come up with this philosophy? Not to mention Bruce was not using Jeet Kune Do in ETD, he was a Shaolin Monk. Borrowing from Bruce is not the same as borrowing from ETD.

          Frank Dux avenging his master’s son, much like E.T.D

          incorrect. Dux entered the tournament to honor his teacher. His Shidoshi’s son died young and Dux was adopted and trained in his place.

          Frank Dux not relying on his vision to defeat the enemy, much like the hall of mirrors on E.T.D

          really reaching there considering one was blinded by a powder and the other still had and used his sight through the end fight.

          The character of chong li, is much like the combined version of O hara/Han/Bolo in E.T.D

          come ON. Big mean villain is hardly unique to either movie. In fact it is a widely used bad guy stereotype. You did forget to mention that Bolo Yeung was in both movies ;)

          The dim mak… very similar to the one inch punch..

          are you kidding? The dim mak technique is a death touch while the 1″ punch is about exerting considerable and unnatural force with no initial build up of potential force. Nothing alike.

          So overall the film is totally in the spirit of Enter the dragon and Bruce Lee’s fighting philosophy..

          Sorry but no. I have already explained the only similarities above.

          • So a shaolin monk is not acceptable as having a style to jeet kune do? all those moves that lee used in E.T.D was shaolin fist? i think not.. and I thought you watch martial arts films… seems like bloodsport really was the only film you saw..and the dim mak still has the same principles of the one inch punch except the dim mak is logically impossible..

            One cannot destroy an object without exerting an effort for the object to be destroyed.. while the one inch punch is logically and physically possible.. and my comment Ohara/Han/Bolo did you not see my comment..

            • /sigh

              Bruce Lee was not playing “himself” so HIS martial arts style was not featured in ETD. Did he use some JKD moves in ETD? Possibly but considering it does have KungFu components you are going to have a hard time proving anything. Plus this has nothing to do with using one line….ONE LINE, hardly the basis for being a copy of ETD.

              Dim Mak has ZERO in common with the 1″ punch other they are both martial arts punches. You yourself even admit one is impossible! So you kind of ruined your own theory. ;)

              And yes I saw your comment but you seem to have failed to comprehend mine.

              All of your comments were either wrong (you seemed pass over the ones I pointed were incorrect) or so vague they could apply to any martial arts films. Please stop, you’re embarrassing yourself.

              Face it, your statement that “The first bloodsport looked like a plagarized and updated version of ENTER THE DRAGON” is completely false. A story about a martial arts expert hired by the British Government to attend a martial arts tourney to investigate a drug cartel is nothing like a military guy attending a deadly martial arts tourney to honor his teacher and prove he is the best.

              • yeah, to each his own buddy..there’s nothing embarassing of pointing out a point.. and about the dim mak and one inch punch principles that are similar.. “exerting an effort to destroy and object”. the word death touch is impossible.

                As a guy who watches martial arts films you really don’t get the basics of bloodsport and E.T.D has in common.. but hey.. whadda I know?

                • “about the dim mak and one inch punch principles that are similar.. “exerting an effort to destroy and object””

                  Sorry no. The Dim Mak in “theory” is ultimately about control and pressure points. Being able to direct a point of force in exactly the right place to cause death. This was demonstrated in Boodsport with Dux being able to destroy a particular brick in the stack. Plus, it’s a myth.

                  The 1″ Punch, on the other hand, is all about generating as much force at point black range as with a full on punch. It is not about “destroying” anything. If what you say is true though then the 1″ punch should “destroy” people but multiple demonstrations of the ability prove my case. Here watch this video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx9iPFMriz0

                  The principles (and philosophies) of each are completely different.

                  Lets also not forget that Lee didn’t even use this technique in ETD rendering yet another of your points moot. Both of the punches he threw against O’Hara were from about 1′-18″ away. ;)

                  And I get exactly what both movies have in common and have now explained it twice. You though are grasping desperately at flimsy straws trying to make any connection between the two to keep trying to support your original, erroneous statement.

                  Sure there are a few small lines that are similar between the two but those are nods to a great film, Easter eggs if you will, nothing more and certainly not even close to enough to consider one plagiarized the others storyline. If you can’t understand the difference between the paying homage and plagurism then there is no reasoning with you.

  16. If they could convince him to leave MMA, they should cast George St Pierre

  17. This remake may work but come on Hollywood should stop remaking iconic classics even Jean Claude Van Damme who said on his tv show JCVD: Behind Closed Doors that he was upset that he wasn’t given a part to be in the remake and says the remake will not catch the standard of the classic movie like no CGI, no wires and all that fighting was real.

    Hollywood should do more movie video game adaptions than remaking classics.

  18. I think hollywood needs to remake those films that were bad in the 80′s sure Bloodsport was great. So why bother remaking it? Don’t tell me they are gonna remake ENTER THE DRAGON? DRUNKEN MASTER? ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA? KICKBOXER?

    I think the universe is having an IDENTITY CRISIS, and I mean like the comic book!

  19. I’m almost at a point that I wish that these brainiacs in Hollywood would die in a fire.

    Almost.

  20. Adkins would be amazing! Is it just me though who’s hoping Michael Jai White will also sign on, if Adkins does? Rematch between the two best fighters :D

  21. No no no!! Just no!!!

  22. There is no God…

  23. Its official! Hollywood is creative bankrupt. I am waiting for them to announce the reboot of “Revenge of the Nerds”.

  24. Um.. not only no, but hell no! Not that this was a great movie and all, but it’s just not worthy of the time, nor is the new story exciting sounding.

    • Thank you. One of my favorite all time movies definently does not need a reboot

  25. How about remaking Hollywood with people who have imaginations? :-)

    I wouldn’t mind seeing this movie but it shouldn’t be called Bloodsport. I’m sure there are some mythical South American tournaments to the death they could name this after.

  26. DONT DO THAT…. JUST DONT DO THAT

  27. This should not be done. If all involved want a martial arts movie then make a martial arts movie. Just keep the Bloodsport angle completely out of it. I believe Hollywood needs to fire every writer they have if this is all they can come up with.

  28. Bren foster should get cast for this. His martial arts is amazing and he has that look for Blood Sport!

  29. jenny you hit it right on the money! Bren Foster is perfect for Bloodsport!

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