by: Chris Eaton source: Screen Daily
Get ready for new age AWESOME!
Do you love Bloodsport? If your reading this site you probably do. It’s a movie of sheer awesome, and makes you wonder what the fuck happened to Van Damme. Well, it seems that with the rise of MMA, that it was destiny for some one to take a crack at Bloodsport and give it a nice new age twist. According to Screen Daily, Salt director Phillip Noyce will be handling the directorial duties, while Karate Kid (og)/Taken screen writer Robert Mark Karmen is penning the pic.
The story will follow the basic outline of the original film, a martial arts free for all tournament.
the story will follow an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest.
Knowing my MMA, Brazilian Jujitsu will probably figure heavily into this new story. The Van Damme version had him doing Ninjutsu, which, for all matters, isn’t a masterful combat art. Seeing that there’s been a few MMA films already that have tried to capitalize on the rise of the sport, all so far have yet to truly get the concept down. The upcoming Warrior so far seems the closest to doing this. Bloodsport on the other hand, could do today what they did in the 80′s, go ape shit. Make an off the wall bloodbath of a fighting film. The only problem is finding a replacement for Jean Claude Van Damme. He wasn’t the greatest actor in the world, but he oozed charisma and had enough acting skills to get by on. So far, there have been very few real MMA fighters to do so. Maybe Quinton Rampage Jackson? Or we wait and see how Gina Carano dose in Haywire.
Between the guy that made Salt and the guy who’s written every major action film with Luc Besson in the last decade, I have little fear that this new Bloodsport will have a hard time living up to the original.