Cinemablend has this to report:
it’s hard to imagine what modern actor can possibly fill JCVD’s ass-kicking shoes, and yet Screen Daily reports that Salt director Philip Noyce has been set to handle the remake, with Robert Mark Kamen writing the script.
Unsurprisingly, the story’s details will be updated– the main character this time is an Afghanistan war veteran, and he goes to Brazil “to recover from the violence he has experienced,” only to find himself in, yes, a martial arts contest.
Interesting, considering that the original film was loosely based upon the contreversial and/or contradictory life of Frank Dux, who supposedly participated in underground fighting tournaments. I’m assuming, then the remake has nothing to do with Dux, and if so, how in the world can this be called a remake? I mean, when one really thinks about the remakes premise, that sounds like most martial arts B pictures, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just a title? There’s also another element of Bloodsport, and that’s not just the Hong Kong location, but also ‘within’ the Walled City (since torn down).
I like most of Phil Noyce’s films. He can do fairly good action and suspense, so he probably will be alright here. But I wonder who can not only fit in Van Damme’s ki as Dux, but who gets to play Chung Li?