Deadline is reporting that not one, but two late 80′s Van Damme films are getting reboots.
Relativity Media reportedly has director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) attached to the new version of 1988′s Bloodsport, while 1989′s Kickboxer will be re-launched by Radar Pictures (Riddick), with Hong Kong director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) at the helm.
The site reports that Bloodsport, originally about an army officer who goes AWOL to compete in an secret underground fight tournament, will now be about “the morally-conflicted life of 21st century mercenaries who clash with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo, the martial arts style used by Donald Gibb’s character in the original film.”
The original script for the reboot was written byRobert Mark Kamen (Taken) and Phillip Noyce (Salt),and it will be rewritten by Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited).
Kickboxer, which was originally about a man who learns Muay Thai kickboxing in order to avenge his brother in a brutal fight, will get a script by TV writer Jim McGrath (Air America, Matlock) and his former collaborator Dimitri Logothetis (The Lost Angel, Air America).
There is no word yet on whether or not the script writers are going to re-imagine the storyline for the rebooted version. Casting is underway now eyeing a fall or possible early 2014 start.
There is also no word on whether original star, Jean-Claude Van Damme, will be involved with either one.