James McTeigue (‘The Raven,’ ‘Ninja Assassin,’ ‘V for Vendetta’) has been tapped by Relativity Media to direct a reboot of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1988 breakout film ‘Bloodsport,’ says Variety.
The filmmaker replaces Philip Noyce, who was previously set to direct. The reboot will explore the life of “21st century mercenaries as they collide with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting.”
Robert Mark Kamen (‘Taken,’ ‘The Karate Kid’) penned the script based on a story he developed with Noyce. McTeigue has brought in Craig Rosenberg to provide a re-write.
The original ‘Bloodsport’ was shot for $1.1 million and grossed $11 million domestically, it spawned three sequels.
In related news, Deadline is reporting that Radar Pictures has hired ‘Tai Chi Hero’ director Stephen Fung to direct a remake of JCVD’s 1989 ‘Kickboxer.’