RLJ Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the US rights of the film Kickboxer: Vengeance, a reboot of the original 1980 film Kickboxer, starring Jean Claude Van Damme.
“Fans of Jean Claude Van Damme have been waiting for a long time for this reboot of the Kickboxer franchise. The film delivers more action and an amazing ensemble of fighters from Dave Bautista to George St.Pierre to Cain Velasquez and Gina Carano,” said RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward.
In an article published in Entertainment Weekly, Van Damme returns to the movie but just in a mentoring role. He plays Master Durand who trains Kurt Sloane (Alain Mousasi) to fight and get revenge for the death of his brother Eric (Darren Shalavi). The movie follows the story of Kurt who travels to Thailand to seek revenge for the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
Kings Road Entertainment was supposed to release a 3D version of the film. However, legal squabbling within the company resulted in this version as well as other planned remakes from the company not being made. Development of the reboot started in 2013 with Radar Pictures at the helm. Shooting began in New Orleans and Thailand in November 2014. However, Radar Pictures left the production after completing the filming in New Orleans.
After the New Orleans shoot, actor Darren Shahlavi, who plays Eric Sloane, died in January 2015. The film is dedicated to his memory.
The movie stars Alain Mousasi, a stuntman, and martial arts bit actor, who had roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Pacific Rim, and Whitehouse Down. The movie also stars a slew of UFC fighters such as George Saint-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, and former WWE star and one-time MMA fighter Dave Bautista, who plays the villain Tong Po. Gina Carano stars as a fight promoter.
RLJ Entertainment sets to release the film on limited theatrical release and On-Demand.
Here is a sneak peek of the movie:
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