However, one upcoming remake that I’m actually pretty excited for is Kickboxer; the original of course starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and is widely considered a classic by fans (like me).
But let’s face it, the original Kickboxer will still be there and this movie might even bring attention to the original and create a new generation of fans.
So why am I excited about a Kickboxer reboot? The cast; first off we’ve got Alain Moussi in the lead as Kurt Sloan and he admitted to me a few months ago that he is completely dedicated to a career as an action star. He has been training in strength and conditioning, kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, fight choreography, gymnastics and doing yoga; so I think Kickboxer will really put him on the map.
When I asked how the new film will be different he said: “We’re taking the themes from back then but the story and many other elements will not be the same. It’s twenty five years later, so Thailand’s not the same, the world doesn’t look the same and the world doesn’t even see martial arts the same way. So there has to be an evolution and the film needs to be modernized for today’s audience. It’s also going to hit a different audience than it did twenty five years ago as well. I think it’s a cool thing and obviously I know what’s going on with the story and everything so I think people will be happy whether they are the new audience or people that love the original. I think it will make audiences very happy.”
Although not 100% confirmed yet, we’ve also got action favourite Scott Adkins in an undisclosed role but it would be rather cool if he played Kurt Sloan’s brother.
One of the best pieces of casting yet though, is the possible addition of Tony Jaa, who is a legend in the martial arts film genre. He is tipped to be playing Kurt Sloan’s mentor Xian Chow who was played to perfection in the original by Dennis Chan.
Jaa has been on a bit of a return to the spotlight recently with roles in Skin Trade, Fast & Furious 7, The Protector 2 and SPL 2, to name but a few. If he is playing Xian then that really would be an excellent piece of casting.
I just want to say though that I would have particularly liked it if he was playing Tong Po, because I’ve never seen him in a villain role before. But no, Tong Po will apparently be played by UFC giant (and Guardian of the Galaxy) Dave Bautista. He’s an intimidating presence so he’ll certainly do a fine job as the big bad.
Georges St-Pierre will also have a role in the film, however at this stage we don’t know which character he is playing for certain; he has a huge fan base and his fight scene with Captain America in this year’s The Winter Soldier was one of the highlights of the film.
We also have awesome fight choreographer Larnell Stovall (Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Undisputed III, Never Back Down 2, Bunraku and more) who will be working on the fight scenes. The fights in all of those movies are incredible, especially Undisputed III which is widely regarded as the best in the series.
Director Stephen Fung is best known for his work on the Tai Chi Hero/Zero films so he is no stranger to martial arts movies.
What I would particularly love to see is a cameo from Jean-Claude Van Damme, even as the boy’s father; it would be a nice passing of the torch to the next generation of action heroes. There’s no word yet on JCVD’s involvement but there is still time as the film isn’t set to begin filming until Fall.
I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be at least a nod the THE dance scene from the original so I’m hoping for something epic there.
I’m also liking how the plot isn’t exactly the same as the original movie so it’s not like it’s a scene for scene remake.
Check out the New Kickboxer Plot Synopsis: David and Kurt Sloan are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California dynasty of champions. Both are top-notch fighters and athletes in the prime of their lives. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong despite Kurt’s protests that the man is a crook. Not soon after, Kurt receives a letter from David and heads to Thailand to meet him. When he arrives, he discovers his brother is dead. The man responsible is the viscous Tong Po. Desperate to seek revenge, Kurt turns to Xian Chow, his brother’s former mentor. To defeat the man who killed his brother, Kurt must look within himself to find the strength and courage of a champion.
This is quite a different spin on things and with all of the talent involved in the project I’m convinced it’s going to be pretty awesome. So there you go, that’s why I’m looking forward to the movie and I will definitely go into it with an open mind.