Ed Pressman's always been a busy man. The producer has brought a number of classic action films to the world, including Conan the Barbarian, The Crow and, of course, Cherry 2000. Now he's busy in Cannes setting up a new project: a remake of the 1988 action classic Bloodsport, the film which put a young Jean-Claude Van Damme on the map. The original film told the based-on-a-true story of Frank Dux, an American fighter who enters the Kumite, an illegal fighting tournament. Along the way he fights badass martial arts master Bolo Yeung and teams up with the big guy from Revenge of the Nerds.
As American martial arts movies go Bloodsport remains a highlight, featuring strong fight choreography, a decent story and likable characters. But it was also a small film, made by a relatively unknown director with a relatively unknown cast. The remake already has a much more impressive pedigree. The script is being written by Robert Mark Kamen, who writes many of the better (and a couple of the worse) Luc Besson action movies, including Taken, Kiss of the Dragon and the Transporter trilogy. Phillip Noyce is attached to direct, and brings with him a similarly impressive pedigree of great action movies, including Blind Fury, Clear and Present Danger and last year's Salt. Screen Daily had the scoop.
So basically, this might actually be good. What were the odds?
Crave Online will be back with more Bloodsport news after we finish a quick round of bloodgolf.