February 17, 2013

Why a New Bloodsport Movie NEEDS Van Damme!

Remember a couple of years ago some “genius” thought it would be a good idea to remake one of the greatest martial movies of all time? Well I certainly do and the plan was to make it and not have Jean-Claude Van Damme involved in any way.

Well I’m sorry but that is utterly unacceptable; never mind the fact that it’s yet another movie that doesn’t require a remake. The original is still awesome and there is no one around today who can come close to JCVD in terms of skill and on screen likability.

The only way I would like to see a new Bloodsport movie is if it is a sequel to the original as I’ve discussed before. Have Van Damme still play Frank Dux, but maybe make him a mentor to a younger fighter like Scott Adkins ,where it goes wrong. I’d also love to see Bolo Yeung return in some way as Chong Li. In fact here is a potential story which I did in a recent Dreamteams.

Frank Dux has long since retired from professional fighting; these days he trains students in martial arts but also to use their minds rather than their fists. When an ex-student called Ivan Kovalenko returns and uses intimidation and violence to scare off Frank’s students, Dux will will have to do whatever it takes to protect his martial arts school from being destroyed. Ivan never agreed with Frank’s training of think first, then fight so he found a new instructor: Chong Li. Still bitter after his defeat many years ago, he will stop at nothing to destroy everything that Frank has built up. Chong Li encourages Ivan to challenge Frank to fight in an underground Kumite more vicious than ever before. Weapons are allowed and there are no rules except fight… to survive. Frank eventually agrees to fight and settle the score once and for all.

Jean-Claude Van Damme IS Bloodsport and to me it’s like watching Rocky without Stallone. JCVD even said that in his fascinating TV series Behind Closed Doors. When he hears that they were going to make a new Bloodsport movie without him, his reaction is heartbreaking and extremely moving.

His passion alone should get him in the movie in some way and as far as I’m concerned he has long since paid the price for his mistakes in the 90s. Because no one else have ever made mistakes right?

With Van Damme’s triumphant return to the limelight in the Expendables 2, the world found out that Van Damme still has it and that his fans have been waiting to see him on the big screen again for a long time.

So, to anyone who plans on doing a new Bloodsport movie, make it a sequel and make damn sure you have the Muscles from Brussels involved in some way, otherwise don’t even bother making it!

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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