Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’ Set for Release in 2016

Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Kickboxer: Vengeance' Set
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RLJ Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and will release the sequel in theaters and on demand later this year.

John Stockwell directed from a script by Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath. The cast includes pro athletes Alain Moussi (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Gina Carano, former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (“Captain America”) and Cain Velasquez.

The film was produced by Logothetis along with Nicholas Celozzi, Ted Field, Allen Knudson, Samuel Cory Timpson and Rob Hickman, who also orchestrated the majority of the financing.

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“Kickboxer: Vengeance” is an update to the 1989 original with Moussi playing a martial artist, Kurt Sloane, who travels to Thailand to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Bautista’s Tong Po character. Van Damme played the Sloane character in the original 1989 “Kickboxer,” which grossed $14 million on a $1.5 million budget.

About 180 union crew members had to wait two months to receive their pay on the film last year. Producers, who blamed a bridge lender who pulled out of the project, made over $500,000 in late payments.

Recent RLJ releases include “The Rewrite,” with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei; “The Cobbler” with Adam Sandler, written and directed by Tom McCarthy; “Blackbird,” starring Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington and Julian Walker; and “Bone Tomahawk,” starring Kurt Russell.

Jess De Leo and Mark Ward negotiated the deal for RLJ with Logothetis, Field, Brian O’Shea and Mike Weber on behalf of the film.

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  1. rossmitchell says:

    when are they going to learn to stop remaking films and just release the original at the cinema this just looks average to what ive seen I saw a nightmare on elm st back to the future and the thing at the cinema all classic films and they had a good turn out I even saw the terminator rerelease it was mobbed when genisys came out last year please stop remaking good films

    • Anonymous says:

      Your delusional if you think movies should not be remade. Please read below:

      Let’s take Superman for instance – Do you think they should have left that series alone? I’m not talking about George Reeves from 1952 TV show or even Christopher Reeve from the 1978 trilogy – I’m referring to the original 1948 film starring Kirk Alyn. Nothing against the film but I guarantee most kids and even adults for that matter, even know that exists and if they did and watched it, how many would really appreciate it with the standards of movie making today?

      If your a fan of a book, comic or film why would you not want the world to revisit a great story? We are in a different culture, kids see things differently to how they did 10, 20, 30+ years ago. We have new stars that people like to see on the screen. If you remember the original film and preferred it, then that is your opinion and you do not have to watch the remake – However, for those who have never heard of or seen the film before get to experience it for the first time with actors they can relate to. Not only does this resurrect the story, It’s also statistically proven that when films are remade, the original film sales also increase – Basically a remake breaths life into what sometimes is a forgotten movie. Not to mention that we have lost so many great classics to poor storage before digitization was implemented and even now, films are still not backed up.

      I am so tired of people saying they should never remake a film – This is an art and art is interpreted in many different ways – You have to remember, films based on books are not original either…. Think about it. Someone read a book, took someone else’s idea and thought it would be good to make it into a film – Sometimes a bad one. Then someone else many years later feel they can do the book justice by making a better film and reintroducing it back to the masses. How many interpreted versions have there been of Shakespeare or the Bible?

      Opinions are what makes this country great – Your’s is your’s and mine is mine – Simple solution for all… “Do not judge before the jury is out.” Some one spent a lot of time and passion to bring a film to the big screen – That is a monumental task within itself and should be respected, you can always comment on the film once you’ve seen it – or not…!!!!!!

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