Relativity Reboots Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Bloodsport’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Project will shoot in Australia and Rio de Janeiro with James McTeigue directing

Relativity is re-booting “Bloodsport,” Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1988 breakout film, with “V for Vendetta” director James McTeigue directing.

Relativity is producing with Edward R. Pressman, Chris Brown, Alberto Lensi, Australia-based Pictures in Paradise and Trans-American Films Intl. The film, which has not been cast, will explore the life of 21st century mercenaries as they collide with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting.

The script, written by “Taken” scribe Robert Mark Kamen and based on a story developed by Kamen and Phillip Noyce, will be rewritten by Craig Rosenberg under McTeigue’s supervision.

Relativity will distribute domestically and handle foreign distribution through its output partners. “Bloodsport” will be shot in Australia and Brazil during the first quarter.

McTeigue’s credits include “Ninja Assassin,” “The Raven” and the upcoming “The Survivor.”

Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and president Tucker Tooley will exec produce along with Jon Katz, Brett Thornquest, Daniel Bernhardt, Heidi Eckes-Chantre, Jeremy Thomas and Mark DiSalle. Richard Potter and Daniel Herther from Relativity are overseeing the project.

Pressman, whose credits include “Wall Street” and “The Crow,” is already partnered with Relativity on a reinvention of “The Crow” with Javier Gutierrez directing. He’s also working on the Joe Paterno biopic “Happy Valley,” to be directed by Brian De Palma and to star Al Pacino.

The original “Bloodsport” was shot for $1.1 million and grossed $11 million domestically.

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  1. cj m says:

    Not too keen on the Vale Tudo thing but I’ll reserve judgement. You need a likable main character portrayed by a likable actor.

  2. CHRISTINE says:

    hi guys. There is a guy in Sydney Australia who is a good martial artist and a good actor. he is relatively unknown at the moment but I have seen him act and I think he is quite talented. His name is David Lewis and he is trained in Muay Thai, kali/silat, mma and boxing. He has the right look and looks extremely fit. I expect big things from him. You might want to have a look at him.

  3. Barbara Rich says:

    This film cannot be called a remake, according to the direct comments made during an interview I did with Frank Dux, last week for L&L Magazine, regarding the 25th Anniversary of the original Bloodsport. You can hear, see and read Mr. Dux’s comments at

  4. Sabi sunar says:

    nice movie “evergreen”

  5. Adriano Torres says:

    Van Damme has to be in the new Bloodsport. It will be the biggest mistake that the producers did not put Van Damme in the project. Without Van Damme Bloodsport is not nothing but one who would take the time to Van Damme, despite his 52 years, the guy still moves as if she were 30, then we will give a chance to the real Great White Dragon eternal.

  6. dAFT pUNK says:

    I wonder what was wrong with Robert Mark Kamen’s script, that it had to be rewritten by another guy..I dont know about everyone else but i wouldnt mind seeing a Bloodsport remake written by him and Philip Noyce.

  7. Mike says:

    Without JCVD this movie won’t hit blockbuster status at all period.

  8. Lisa T says:

    Classic Martial Arts flicks should be left as that….Classic, and never re-produced!

  9. The Kingslayer says:

    awful, just and awful decision.

  10. Freakl says:

    I want to see him as a fighter and win the tournament. JCVD still looks young and great! No reason to make him into a mentor!!!!!

  11. Waleed says:

    Jean-Claude Van Damme is a must in this movie, maybe as a mentor! It would be awesome.

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