The KICKBOXER remake lands Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins

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As you may have heard, there are remakes of Bloodsport and Kickboxer in the works. While the idea of a new Bloodsport chills my blood, a revisit to Kickboxer is a different story. And it has now attracted some serious martial arts talent.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project can count Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins among its cast. They are joining lead Alain Moussi, pro-wrestler-turned-galactic-hero Dave Bautista and Georges St. Pierre, one of the best MMA fighters to have ever lived. If you have seen the original, you’d notice that this is a rather big cast for Kickboxer. This is because the producers appear to be confusing it with Bloodsport – the film will feature over 20 different fighting styles, suggesting either a tournament or just a crazy amount of cameos.

Still, whatever the direction, this is an impressive cast. Jaa needs no introduction – that is unless you have never seen Ong Bak or The Protector. Then again, if you haven’t why would you care about a Kickboxer remake? Adkins is a bit of a b-movie star, but fans of the genre will remember his work in Ninja and The Expendables 2. Bautista is a big star now, yet has cut his martial arts teeth in the under-rated Man With The Iron Fists. This is Moussi’s first major part though, having done a lot of bit roles and stunt work.

But this roster really needs a feminine touch: is anyone giving Gina Carano or JeeJa Yanin a call?

Here’s the plot:

Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, California, fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother’s protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died and seeks his revenge.

Kickboxer will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero).

Bonus trivia: Jean-Claude Van Damme was not supposed to make Kickboxer. But Bloodsport took so long to get released that he signed up to do more b-movies, the first being Kickboxer.

Last Updated: August 6, 2014

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