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Bloodsport the latest project aboard the reboot train

May. 17, 2011by:

It comes as no surprise when I hear any movie announced as being rebooted. At this point, I'm numb to the concept.

You want to reboot Jean Claude Van Damme's Bloodsport? Sure, why not? Go for it. Nothing I can say will stop you anyways.

The new version will be directed by Phillip Noyce, most recently known for the not-as-bad-as-it-should-have-been SALT with Angelina Jolie. The plot of the new film differs a bit from the original as it tells of the story of "an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest."

Despite appearing in the upcoming EXPENDABLES 2, it's pretty obvious JCVD will be not be starring, despite it being his original vessel to martial arts stardom, and they'll have to find a new young action star to take his place. Just not Taylor Lautner please.

Should Bloodsport be remade? Probably not, but it's par for the course in Hollywood today, so there's no use complaining really. I guess just try and make the least disaster out of it possible, and that will be considered a success.

Extra Tidbit: When meeting the producer of the original for the first time Jean Claude did a spin kick that barely missed his head. He got the job on the spot.
Source: Screen Daily

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12:12PM on 05/18/2011
I have a soft spot for "Bloodsport", believe me, but I'd be OK with a remake with some better fight choreography. Bring on the "thumbs down", boys!!!
I have a soft spot for "Bloodsport", believe me, but I'd be OK with a remake with some better fight choreography. Bring on the "thumbs down", boys!!!
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12:15AM on 05/18/2011
Of course there's no problem with making what could be a fun action flick with international flavor, but to call it a "remake of Bloodsport" is disingenuous at best. Bloodsport was based on a true story about a real person. With this, there appears to be no effort made to adhere to that true story, thus it's not aesthetically equatable. They might as well produce a Spanish-language kung fu heist melodrama and call it a remake of The Wizard of Oz.
Of course there's no problem with making what could be a fun action flick with international flavor, but to call it a "remake of Bloodsport" is disingenuous at best. Bloodsport was based on a true story about a real person. With this, there appears to be no effort made to adhere to that true story, thus it's not aesthetically equatable. They might as well produce a Spanish-language kung fu heist melodrama and call it a remake of The Wizard of Oz.
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11:09PM on 05/17/2011

I wish instead

Tony Jaa would learn English and be in more mainstream english martial arts,he truly is incredible when it comes to martial arts and I know this is borderline blasphemy but he is if not better just as equal as Bruce Lee and I'm leaning towards better.
Tony Jaa would learn English and be in more mainstream english martial arts,he truly is incredible when it comes to martial arts and I know this is borderline blasphemy but he is if not better just as equal as Bruce Lee and I'm leaning towards better.
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10:10PM on 05/17/2011
Ludicrous. I think a lot of people miss the point when it comes to the reason(s) people hate remakes so much. The supporters always try to point out the original films' flaws and some of those "flaws" are what make the films so special. A film is like a time capsule--all of the elements come together (the actors, the music, setting, etc) all in a very short period of time and it is immortalized and people fall in love with it for a reason. It doesn't matter if there are a few corny things here
Ludicrous. I think a lot of people miss the point when it comes to the reason(s) people hate remakes so much. The supporters always try to point out the original films' flaws and some of those "flaws" are what make the films so special. A film is like a time capsule--all of the elements come together (the actors, the music, setting, etc) all in a very short period of time and it is immortalized and people fall in love with it for a reason. It doesn't matter if there are a few corny things here and there about it, people love it for exactly what it is and that's it. It's kind of a slap in the face when they're remade. It's tragic that a lot of younger people don't even know that half the films they are watching are remakes. If they enjoy them, fine--they're entitled to--but it's too bad they don't know about the originals which more than likely were a million times better.
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7:13PM on 05/17/2011

Let's not give Bloodsport too much credit

after all - this sub-genre of martial arts flicks are a watered-down rip-off of the much better Shaw Bros HK kung-fu films. I'm a sucker for classic Van Damme-age, but they aren't remaking Citizen Kane or anything. Besides - if you love the original, who cares if they remake it and it bombs? That shouldn't take anything away from the original or how you feel about it.

Its like people are worried that younger generations aren't going to revere the classic action movies that you enjoyed.
after all - this sub-genre of martial arts flicks are a watered-down rip-off of the much better Shaw Bros HK kung-fu films. I'm a sucker for classic Van Damme-age, but they aren't remaking Citizen Kane or anything. Besides - if you love the original, who cares if they remake it and it bombs? That shouldn't take anything away from the original or how you feel about it.

Its like people are worried that younger generations aren't going to revere the classic action movies that you enjoyed. Trust me, as a 36-year old who has been visiting this site since almost day one - I can tell you that disconnect is inevitable.
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5:05PM on 05/17/2011

NO!

For this, I shall scissor kick the producers while listening to Fight to Survive.
For this, I shall scissor kick the producers while listening to Fight to Survive.
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4:43PM on 05/17/2011
I beg your unbelievable pardon hollywood, but why would you even bother calling this Bloodsport? Its got nothing to do with the original. Maybe they couldn't think of a name for the movie and thats why its a "reboot".
I beg your unbelievable pardon hollywood, but why would you even bother calling this Bloodsport? Its got nothing to do with the original. Maybe they couldn't think of a name for the movie and thats why its a "reboot".
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4:31PM on 05/17/2011

Dear Hollywood

STOP REMAKING GOOD $%#@ING MOVIES! If you can't make it better than the original we aren't going to watch that shit! I would rather see the original back in theaters.
STOP REMAKING GOOD $%#@ING MOVIES! If you can't make it better than the original we aren't going to watch that shit! I would rather see the original back in theaters.
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4:19PM on 05/17/2011
Hell yeah. Give me a kid-friendly version of Bloodsport. That's what I want! Shoot the fight scenes so that kicks and punches never connect. Shoot it with shaky cam, and excessive post-production lighting filters! Make it as horrible as you possibly can. BECAUSE THAT'S WHY I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING!
Hell yeah. Give me a kid-friendly version of Bloodsport. That's what I want! Shoot the fight scenes so that kicks and punches never connect. Shoot it with shaky cam, and excessive post-production lighting filters! Make it as horrible as you possibly can. BECAUSE THAT'S WHY I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING!
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5:02PM on 05/17/2011
Now THAT is nice sarcasm. :)
Now THAT is nice sarcasm. :)
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3:34PM on 05/17/2011

bad idea!

Bloodsport is one of the classic martial arts movies along with Enter of the Dragon and Kickboxer.
However, something bothers me more about this article... when was JCVD announced to appear in Expendables 2? Did I miss something?
Bloodsport is one of the classic martial arts movies along with Enter of the Dragon and Kickboxer.
However, something bothers me more about this article... when was JCVD announced to appear in Expendables 2? Did I miss something?
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3:10PM on 05/17/2011

I'll kill these lazy producers...

.....after I take a shower.
.....after I take a shower.
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2:51PM on 05/17/2011
This will not be good for one reason...YOU CANNOT REPLICATE THE BADASSNESS OF CHONG LI!
This will not be good for one reason...YOU CANNOT REPLICATE THE BADASSNESS OF CHONG LI!
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2:38PM on 05/17/2011
So we can expect some Brazilian Jujitsu action? Some hardcore rolling?
So we can expect some Brazilian Jujitsu action? Some hardcore rolling?
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2:22PM on 05/17/2011
How about Bloodsport remade with muppets? Kumite the Frog, anyone?
How about Bloodsport remade with muppets? Kumite the Frog, anyone?
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2:16PM on 05/17/2011
kumite Kumite KUMITE
kumite Kumite KUMITE
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1:48PM on 05/17/2011
Well if they HAVE to remake it, then at least stick Scott Adkins in the lead role and hopefully make him the star he deserves to be. Otherwise, sod off and don't make it at all. Like Stick Around! says below, it's already been done over and over.
Well if they HAVE to remake it, then at least stick Scott Adkins in the lead role and hopefully make him the star he deserves to be. Otherwise, sod off and don't make it at all. Like Stick Around! says below, it's already been done over and over.
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4:39PM on 05/17/2011
I was thinking of Scott Adkins as well, the dude's great
I was thinking of Scott Adkins as well, the dude's great
5:02PM on 05/17/2011
Yeah the Undisputed movies are wicked. I think he has real charisma on screen as well.
Yeah the Undisputed movies are wicked. I think he has real charisma on screen as well.
1:40PM on 05/17/2011

Bloodsport already HAS been remade.

Just under various different titles. The concept has been done to death over the years.
Just under various different titles. The concept has been done to death over the years.
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1:38PM on 05/17/2011
Not sure if I like the plot change, but this is one movie that if done right, could be a good remake. I hope they can get JCVD for at least a good cameo. I wonder if Forest Whitaker will come back haha
Not sure if I like the plot change, but this is one movie that if done right, could be a good remake. I hope they can get JCVD for at least a good cameo. I wonder if Forest Whitaker will come back haha
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1:35PM on 05/17/2011
Bloodsport is one of my favorite movies of all time. No way they can make anything nearly as good as the original.
Bloodsport is one of my favorite movies of all time. No way they can make anything nearly as good as the original.
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1:18PM on 05/17/2011
Who cares, get it on, get it off already. I'd have to watch this on an illegal DL or something. Not sure if it's worth the ticket price.
Who cares, get it on, get it off already. I'd have to watch this on an illegal DL or something. Not sure if it's worth the ticket price.
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