His Taken 2 in theaters now, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen spoke with CraveOnline about his work on the upcoming remake of the 1988 Bloodsport and explains why he doesn’t believe Jean-Claude Van Damme should be involved.
“This film resembles the original in title only,” he says. “It has nothing to do with any Kumite contest. It has nothing to do with Frank Dux. If the title was not the same, you would not associate the two films. To use JCVD would make no sense because the association would be lost as the story has nothing to do with the first one. If anything it would be a distraction.”
Earlier this year, Van Damme spoke with NextMovie about his desire to appear in the remake, voicing his dissatisfaction with Kamen.
“I want to be in the film as a trainer and I don’t think the writer wants [me] to,” he told the site. “…he knows that ‘Bloodsport’ is a big film so he wants to get credit with all of that you know what I’m saying?”
It’s been more than a year since significant news last broke on the project, but it’s still believed that Salt director Phillip Noyce will direct.