Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen has said that the forthcoming remake of Bloodsport will resemble the original film in name only and that Jean Claude Van Damme will not be returning.
Speaking to Crave Online about his work on the upcoming remake of the 1988 film, he said: “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 Next Movie about his desire to appear in the reboot. He said: “I want to be in the film as a trainer and I don’t think the writer wants [me] to,” he said. “He knows that Bloodsport is a big film so he wants to get credit with all of that — you know what I’m saying?”
Meanwhile, Salt director Phillip Noyce is set to helm the remake.