Of all the bright ideas Hollywood has had in recent years like tapping Chris Nolan to redefine the comic book genre or actually coming up with original story ideas like Inception (Ok, maybe Nolan is the only one with the bright ideas), the recent trend of remaking every hit film and TV show from the 80’s and 90’s is not one of them. They just can’t leave well enough alone, and one of the movies near and dear to my heart growing up and maybe many of yours is the latest victim.
Screen Daily, via Cage Potato, is reporting that the 1988 classic fight film Bloodsport starring Jean Claude Van Damme is being remade, or as they put it, “reinvented” by veteran producer Ed Pressman. Pressman has hired Phillip Noyce, who most recently directed Salt starring Angelina Jolie, to direct the film and Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote Taken and The Karate Kid remake, to pen the script. While it sounds like the plot will be centered around some kind of martial arts tournament, it won’t involve Frank Dux going AWOL to compete in the Kumite to honor his Shidoshi. Instead, the story will reportedly 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.” No word if Van Damme will be involved in the project, but it’s probably a given that he won’t play the lead.
Maybe I should reserve judgement until I actually see it — the people involved have made decent movies before after all — but dammit, some things are better left in the past.