In major news that has now made this a reality, RLJ Entertainment has acquired all of the U.S. rights to the reboot of the 1989 martial arts action film Kickboxer.
Kickboxer: Vengeance will finally get a theatrical release as well as a VOD release sometime this year. The film, shot on location in New Orleans and Bangkok, stars Alain Moussi as Kurt Sloane, who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother Eric (Darren Shahlavi) at the hands of the hulking Muay Thai champion Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt finds a mentor in Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played Kurt Sloane in the original Kickboxer), who was Eric’s mentor before his death.
MMA legends Georges St. Pierre and Gina Carano, MMA stars Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, actress and model Sara Malakul Lane, and stuntman/actor Sam Medina co-star in the film. John Stockwell directed the film and was co-written by Dimitri Logothesis and Jim McGrath.
“Fans of Jean Claude Van Damme have been waiting for a long time for this reboot of the Kickboxer franchise,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer. “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.”
“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,” said producer and writer Dimitri Logothetis.
Finally, thanks to RLJ Entertainment, look out for Kickboxer: Vengeance
later this year.