UPDATE: The FULL TRAILER is here!
SYNOPSIS: After his brother is brutally killed by the fighter Tong Po (Dave Bautista), Kurt, Etop Udo-Ema Sloane (Alain Moussi) travels to Thailand and trains with the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to avenge his brother’s death.
KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE hits theaters, VOD, and DIGITAL HD on September 2nd, 2016.
UPDATE: KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE have been officially acquired by RLJ ENTERTAINMENT for U.S. distribution. The plan is to release the film in theaters and On-Demand later this year.
MARK WARD, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, stated: “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. Fans will not be disappointed.”
Producer and writer DIMITRI LOGOTHETIS added: “There is a spectacular beauty in martial arts films that audiences have been deprived of for a significant period of time. Making KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE has been a priority and passion of mine for several years and I’m thrilled to be able to partner with RLJ Entertainment to bring this genre back to theatres.”
Stay tuned for the official release date.
(Thank you to KATRINA WAN for contacting us with this update.)
UPDATE: Check out the latest image featuring ALAIN MOUSSI’s ‘Kurt Sloan’ vs DAVE BAUTISTA’s ‘Tong Po’!
UPDATE: First images of the late DARREN SHAHLAVI as ‘Eric Sloane’!
UPDATE: Meet ALAIN MOUSSI as ‘Kurt Sloan’, GINA CARANO as ‘Marcia’, and GEORGES ST. PIERRE as ‘Kavi’!
UPDATE: Have a FIRST look at JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME as ‘Master Durand’!
UPDATE: Latest image featuring DAVE BAUTISTA as ‘Tong Po’!
UPDATE: ALAIN MOUSSI just shared via his Official Facebook Page an image from the set featuring himself, DAVE BAUTISTA, and the late DARREN SHAHLAVI. He will be missed…
UPDATE: Take a closer look at DAVE BAUTISTA as villain ‘Tong Po’ in this behind-the-scene photo!
SOURCE: City On Fire
UPDATE: Leading man ALAIN MOUSSI announced via his Official Facebook Page that production have wrapped after 13 days of filming in Thailand. Stay tuned for a trailer soon. In the meantime check out the first poster below!
UPDATE: Former MMA Champion and action star GINA CARANO (Fast & Furious 6) will be joining the cast of KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE to reunite with her ‘In The Blood’ director JOHN STOCKWELL! She will be playing a fight promoter in the film.
Okay, now THIS just got me more excited for the project! The pair worked great together and showed a lot of promise with ‘In The Blood’, lets hope they can build on that and deliver with ‘Kickboxer’.
UPDATE: Martial arts star DARREN SHAHLAVI (Ip Man 2) have joined the cast as ‘Eric Sloan’, the brother of ‘Kurt Sloan’ played by lead actor ALAIN MOUSSI!
Shahlavi will be re-united with Jean-Claude Van Damme after having worked together on the upcoming action thriller ‘Pound Of Flesh’.
UPDATE: The KICKBOXER reboot have found its new leading lady in Thai supermodel/actress SARA MALAKUL LANE (Jailbait)!
Our best guess is she will be playing ‘MyLee’, the same love interest character from the original.
UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS!!! JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME himself will be returning to the KICKBOXER franchise! JCVD will be replacing Tony Jaa in the mentor role.
“We are so excited to have Kickboxer roll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a new generation ” said Ted Field of Radar Films, who is producing the movie with Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
UPDATE: Two stars from the action family drama ‘The Martial Arts Kid’, MATTHEW ZIFF and T.J. STORM (Punisher: War Zone) have been added to the cast of KICKBOXER. Ziff recently revealed the news on his Twitter page.
There are no details yet on what roles they will be playing. Stay tuned for updates!
SOURCE: Film Combat Syndicate
UPDATE: Wow. Just throw more gas onto the fire. Looks like Hong Kong director STEPHEN FUNG (Tai Chi Zero) have also dropped out of the project. Words are that director JOHN STOCKWELL (In The Blood) will be filling in.
This reboot went from “I can not wait to see this” to “I guess I MIGHT check it out” status in a blink of an eye.
SOURCE: Film Combat Syndicate
UPDATE: More bad news for KICKBOXER. According to TONY JAA’s manager MIKE SHELBY (via Film Combat Syndicate), he have dropped out of the project stating “the production changed schedule to a period where Jaa would not be available.” This is another HUGE blow for the film considering fan favorite SCOTT ADKINS previously exited the film as well. Lets just hope they will find a worthy replacement for Jaa. This is unfortunate considering he was so excited for the project during our exclusive interview a couple of weeks ago HERE. Never the less, fans of Jaa can still look forward to next year’s FURIOUS 7, SKIN TRADE, and SPL 2.
UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS, ‘Boyka’ will NOT be appearing in the KICKBOXER remake after all. Reported via City On Fire:
During a Q&A session at the recent Seni Event, SCOTT ADKINS confirmed that he won’t be in the Kickboxer remake. He was offered the role of the brother, but explained that after reading the script and realizing just how much of a small role it was, with very little action involved, he didn’t feel like it was a role which would suit either him or his fanbase, so decided to turn it down.
This is definitely disappointing to hear. Everyone was so excited to finally see Adkins work with TONY JAA. But considering the small role that he was offered, he made a good call in turning down the project. Who knows, maybe Adkins can invite Jaa to work with him on the next installment of UNDISPUTED. I got my fingers crossed.
UPDATE: Via Film Combat Syndicate, reports are saying SCOTT ADKINS, TONY JAA, and DAVE BATISTA have NOT officially signed on to the project…YET. Negotiations are still on-going. Lets cross our fingers that all three will finalize their contracts soon.
Martial arts star SCOTT ADKINS (Undisputed, Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning) have been confirmed to join the cast of director STEPHEN FUNG’S KICKBOXER remake!
Yes. That’s right. ‘Boyka’ will be entering the kickboxing ring! Coming along for the ride is none other than Thai superstar TONY JAA (Ong Bak, SPL 2)!
Filling in for Jean-Claude Van Damme in this remake is stuntman ALAIN MOUSSI as ‘Kurt Sloan’, UFC star GEORGE ST. PIERRE playing his brother with DAVE BAUTISTA as villain ‘Tong Po’.
OFFICIAL Announcement by BRIAN O’SHEA:
Aug 5, 2014 – Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Batista, star of GUARDIANS OF THE GLAXY, former UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the 3D reboot of KICKBOXER will boast two additional action stars: Scott Adkins (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, ZERO DARK THIRTY) and martial arts legend Tony Jaa (ONG BAK trilogy, FAST & FURIOUS 7).
The high-octane KICKBOXER remake is directed by Stephen Fung (TAI CHI ZERO, TAI CHI HERO). It stars Alain Moussi (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST),
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, KICKBOXER features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY star Batista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling along with a vast array of talents stemming from a Mixed Martial Arts background.
Adkins has a lengthy resume in the action genre with roles in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE EXPENDALES 2, and a slate of other action-centric films. Adkins has also worked alongside the original KICKBOXER, Jean-Claude Van Damme, battling the legend on screen in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING. Adkins has backgrounds in Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Judo.
Jaa is a veteran of the martial arts genre. His groundbreaking, blitzkrieg-paced ONG BAK films are cult classics. He also starred in THE PROTECTOR. Jaa is trained in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Aikido, Judo and Wushu.
KICKBOXER follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films (RIDDICK, THE LAST SAMURAI), Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.
“Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with,” said O’Shea, “Along with Tony Jaa, KICKBOXER has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form.”
Fight choreography will be handled by LARNELL STOVALL, who worked with Adkins on UNDISPUTED 3 and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING.
With a cast and crew of this magnitude, martial arts action cinema fans is in for one hell of a treat!
SOURCE: Twitch Film