Yes, this is really happening. Screendaily is reporting that a remake of Bloodsport is in the works. Phillip Noyce (Salt and Clear and Present Danger) is set to direct. Robert Mark Kamen will pen the script. Kamen has a long list of credits, with his best-known works being The Karate Kid, The Transporter, The Fifth Element, and Taken. The story will be updated to modern day, as the main character will be an American Afghanistan War veteran who goes to Brazil to escape the violence of his past. And, of course, he gets caught up in the fighting tournament the original was all about.
I can’t say I’m shocked, but, honestly, this was one of the last films I expected to get remade. And it’s mainly because I can’t picture anyone filling JCVD’s shoes. Very few actors today possess the combination of martial arts skill and pizzazz that Van Damme brought. The first name that does come to mind for a project like this is Jason Statham. But, I think he might be a little too… British. Christian Bale has trained in Kung Fu and has the charisma, but I don’t see him taking on a role like this. Perhaps you could go with someone like Tom Hardy or Sam Worthington.
Harder than that, however, would be casting another Chong Li. Bolo Yeung was the go-to guy for intimidating Asian villain back in the day. He was an absolute monster and had such a menacing glare. Off the top of my head, I really can’t think of anyone today who fits the bill. Maybe, Daniel Dae Kim if he bulked up a little bit. There’s also the possibility that they change the ethnicity of the character, since the film is taking place in Brazil. But, what do you think? Who do you see filling these roles?