Just hours after we reported that Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1988 breakout hit Bloodsport is getting remade by Relativity Media, Radar Pictures is developing a reboot of the action star's 1989 thriller Kickboxer.
Kickboxer reboot lands director Stephen Fung
Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Hero) has signed on to direct, working from a screenplay by Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis. The original Kickboxer centered on Kurt Sloane (Jean-Claude Van Damme), who trains in the art of Muay Thai kickboxing to take on a brutal champion who severely injured his brother.
Dimitri Logothetis is also producing alongside Radar's Ted Field and Nick Celozzi, with Mike Weber and Peter Meyer executive producing. Casting is currently under way, with the filmmakers hoping to get production started either this fall or in early 2014.
Kickboxer spawned four straight-to-video sequels, none of which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. Sasha Mitchell starred in Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991), Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992), and Kickboxer 4 (1994), with Mark Dacascos starring in Kickboxer 5: The Redemption (1995).
Kickboxer was released September 8th, 1989 and stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi, Haskell V. Anderson III, Rochelle Ashana, Ka Ting Lee, Richard Foo. The film is directed by Mark DiSalle, David Worth.