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Jean-Claude Van Damme Set for ‘Kickboxer’ Remake; Filming Begins This Week

Jean-Claude Van Damme has joined the solid of ‘Kickboxer’, an upcoming remake of the martial arts motion star’s personal 1989 car.

The upcoming Kickboxer – a remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme motion car of the identical identify – was beforehand reported to have lined up the Ong-bak trilogy’s martial arts star, Tony Jaa, for a pivotal position. Nonetheless, Jaa has now dropped out of the undertaking resulting from a scheduling battle and, in an sudden improvement, been changed by Van Damme himself.

Kickboxer, based mostly on the script by Dimitri Logothetis (The Misplaced Angel) and relative newcomer Jim McGrath, reportedly will not stray removed from the plot of the unique film. The protagonist position originated by Van Damme – younger proficient martial artist Kurt Sloane – shall be dealt with by stunt man/actor Alain Moussi (Pacific RimX-Males: Days of Future Previous); Van Damme will tackle the mentor position of Grasp Chow, dealt with by Dennis Chan within the 1989 model.

Radar Movies producer Ted Discipline commented on the casting information (through THR), saying the movie’s producers are excited to have Van Damme “passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a brand new technology.” Manufacturing on the undertaking begins in New Orleans this week, but it surely shall ultimately transfer to Thailand; an official launch date has not but been set, however proper now an early 2016 arrival for Kickboxer appears a robust risk (what with 2015 already fairly jam-packed full).

Kickboxer is being co-directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and John Stockwell (Blue CrushWithin the Blood), and follows Moussi’s Sloane, a proficient martial artist, as he travels to Thailand to be taught the secrets and techniques of Muay Thai – as handed down by his brother’s previous trainer (Van Damme) – and take revenge on a harmful fighter, Tong Po, who’s accountable for his sibling’s dying. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s David Bautista is ready to play the film’s antagonist, whereas UFC champion and fellow Marvel Movie vet Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) can be a part of the solid.

Van Damme’s 1989 Kickboxer film is mostly thought-about to be a cult basic motion B-movie, and gave rise to a handful of sequels; if the 2015 model finds an viewers, it might wind up rebooting the franchise shifting ahead. There’s additionally a Bloodsport remake (one other JCVD car remake) in improvement proper now. Much like the Kickboxer redo, it is not clear but how that movie will “modernize” the tropes and motion filmmaking of the unique Van Damme film; and thus, the opportunity of it attaining comparable cult standing, is much from a given.

The choice to carry Van Damme aboard for the Kickboxer remake is a great one, for sure; his latest films have flown under the radar of your common filmgoer (with exceptions like Expendables 2), however Van Damme shall be very a lot a draw for martial arts cinephiles. The identical goes for having rising star Bautista onboard because the villain; rumor has it the Drax actor shall be a henchman within the subsequent James Bond film, which will even assist carry consideration to his position in Kickboxer.

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