March 27, 2016

New Details on American Ninja Apprentice


With the recent news of Cannon films making a (sort of ) comeback we’ve been wondering what was going to happen with the proposed American Ninja Apprentice.

Apparently the story is as follows: When an evil crime syndicate threatens to destroy the American energy market, an elite band of American Ninjas are called in. But after their humiliating defeat, the two remaining Ninja Masters must track down their former student to complete her training so she can become the American Ninja Apprentice, and together they can defeat the crime syndicate once and for all.

Website recently spoke with Richard Albiston about the project.

Albiston states “The film is neither a prequel or a sequel; we took American Ninja 1-4 which form a great story arc for the two ninjas and ends it with relative finality, so we said to ourselves, if those guys lived peacefully for 20 odd years, what would they do, and how would they react if a new threat emerged in the 21st century. That was our jumping off point, but the characters and events are completely unrelated to the others, so new franchise, new timeline etc. We always ignored part 5, because it opened a new timeline with a new lead character.”

The interview continues to ask what we all want to know:

Will the film continue the tradition of being designed for an adult market, with an R rating?

Albiston: Last time they tried to do a re-do of American Ninja (With American Ninja 5) they chose to go PG-13 for whatever reason. This is not something we are going to do. The script features all the stuff we love from ninja films, and really these can only be done properly if rated ‘R’ (15 or 18 in the UK), so that is the route we are going.

Will Michael Dudikoff or David Bradley be reprising their roles from previous American Ninja films?

Albiston: I can’t comment on Michael or David, but we do hope to have familiar faces blended with a new cast of characters. We have approached the immensely talented Debbi James, daughter of American Ninja 1-3 star Steve James, because I can think of nothing better for Cannon fans to see her kick ass in that unique ‘James’ style. She is also a great singer and dancer and fans unfamiliar with her should really check her out on We also hope to include familiar names BEHIND the camera as well, to give the film that real ‘authentic’ feel that fans and audiences want.

Source: WRT


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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. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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