Jean-Claude Van Damme is ready to retire from making action movies, but he’s set up a new film project titled What’s My Name?, and it’s said to be his final action film project.
According to Van Damme, the story “will dip into his cinematic and personal life — as did the 2008 film JCVD — and that it will bring to an end his long career as an action film fighter.”
Van Damme will play himself in the movie, and this is the description, “Left in a coma following a serious car accident, he wakes up with amnesia, unrecognizable to everyone, including himself. Through a series of fights against iconic fighters from across his legendary career, Van Damme begins a quest for his own identity and life meaning. This leads him to one final match.”
I actually kinda love this concept! It sounds like it will be an incredibly fun flick! Green Book scribe Nick Vallelonga and Paul Sloan (Stilleto) wrote the script, and it’s based on a story by Van Damme. The movie will be directed by Jeremy Zag (Miraculous: Tales of Lady Bug and Cat Noir).
Van Damme said in a statement, “I wanted to leave the stage but with a revisit of my career, starting with Bloodsport, the one where I started to become famous. I want this to be a new Bloodsport but on a higher level. In the film, I am on my way down in terms of career, and as I come out of a premiere of another action movie, I am not happy because I’ve been living in hotels the past 30 years, which is actually true.
We’re going to bring real elements from my real life and what happened to me. I came from Belgium, all the way to Hollywood. I succeeded, I failed, I came back. So I’m walking out on the street after the premiere, and boom! — a car hits me because I’m drunk. When I wake up from the impact, I don’t know what’s my name, and no one recognizes me.”
Zag added: “He’s trapped in this catch-22 where his heart is his only guide and that road will lead him through a journey that includes a lot of fights, in what will be a real action mainstream movie where we treat JC as a real human superhero.”
Zag went on to reveal that they will shoot the film in Paris, in unexpected locations like the catacombs beneath the Opera of Paris. This is where he’ll square off against the nemeses of his long-screen career. He went on to say, “I grew up watching JC and want new audiences to do the same thing, and when he stands against Tong Po, he’ll begin to flashback in his mind, and we will reproduce some of the best fights from some of his biggest movies.”
It’s also explained that some of the other on-screen opponents that he might fight will include Universal Soldier‘s Dolph Lundgren, Double Impact‘s Bolo Yeung. The actor said, “We are getting all of the iconic people I fought and have most of them come back. All of the UFC fighters grew up watching my movies, and we will have some of those great champions as fighters, and some as managers like Randy Couture. We’ll have a great mix and the fights will have a real feel to them.”
As for what Van Damme plans on doing after he’s shot his last action movie, he said, “I’m canceling everything to get in shape, and after this movie, I’ve bought a small boat. Not a big boat — that’s not for me — but I want to go around the world, and relax.
I work all my life, I live all my life in hotels for 30 years. That all will be explained in the movie, how I became far away from my family. After this, I want to relax and enjoy my life and family, because life goes by fast.”