"Bloodsport" Reboot! Really Phillip Noyce? 


Focus. Action. Skill. Strategy. Tactics.

I have no idea why Phillip Noyce, the director of such films as 1992's "Patriot Games" and most recently, "Salt," is interested in rebooting the 1988 Jean Claude Van Damme martial arts flick "Bloodsport." But according to Screen Daily, veteran producer Ed Pressman ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") has closed deals with Noyce to direct and Robert Mark Kamen to write the script.

Kamen, whose previous screenwriting credits include "Taken," "The Transporter," and um, "A Walk in the Clouds," is giving the reboot a modern backstory. This time, our hero, an American, goes to Brazil to chill from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan, only to face a whole new kind of violence -- a martial arts contest.

The original film, loosely based on the life of martial arts artist Frank Dux (Van Damme), told the tale of the first ever Westerner to eve win the Kumite -- an illegal and dangerous tournament. Of course, Van Damme aka Dux was able to develop his own fighting style by infusing Focus, Action, Skill, Strategy, Tactics. The End.

Pressman is currently shopping the project around in Cannes. Will Van Damme make a cameo? Stay tuned. For now, let's watch the original "Bloodsport" trailer and relive the glory days of the 80s!



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