Van Damme will play an ex-mercenary kidnapping expert tracking a missing girl

Exclusive: After rebooting his image in 2008 action parody “JCVD,” Jean Claude Van Damme will turn to more familiar ground in the Ernie Barbarash-helmed actioner “Six Bullets.”

From scribes Chad and Evan Law (“The Hit List”), “Bullets” reunites Van Damme, Barbarash and producer Brad Krevoy after the trio most recently collaborated on the upcoming “Assassination Games,” for which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has nabbed worldwide distribution rights. Distrib rights for “Six Bullets” are still up for grabs.

In the film, Van Damme will play an ex-mercenary kidnapping expert hired by a martial arts fighter whose daughter has gone missing.

“Six Bullets” is produced by the Motion Picture Corporation of America, which current prexy Krevoy co-founded. MPCA’s Reuben Liber and Mike Callaghan will exec produce, with MPCA sales group head, Francisco Gonzalez, handling international sales.

Pic, which is budgeted for $10 million, marks MPCA’s first foray into international dealmaking.

“For us, this is a changing of our business model that opens us up to the international market,” Krevoy said. “Right now, there’s an opportunity in the marketplace to produce a series of high-quality action films.”

Pic starts shooting in western Europe and North America in August.

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