No, you’re not imagining things, another Jean-Claude Van Damme movie is set to be remade for our modern age. Yesterday, we told you about the “Bloodsport” redo moving ahead with James McTeigue and now comes word that the remake to JCVD’s 1989 follow-up “Kickboxer” has nabbed a filmmaker of its own.
Deadline is reporting that actor-turned-director Stephen Fung will be at the helm of the remake with TV veterans Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis handling scripting duties. Fung last directed the Chinese box-office hit “Tai Chi Zero” which we caught at Venice and had fun with (read our review here). That film saw the director attempting to play on the same big-budget plane as U.S. studio films, so it’ll be interesting to see how Fung does on American soil with a possible franchise.
Strangely this is the third JCVD film this year to have a remake either announced or have had progress made (the aforementioned “Bloodsport” and the ludicrous “Timecop” announced earlier this year). How long until we get a “Double Team” remake? Casting is underway now and “Kickboxer” is eying to start shooting late fall or early 2014.