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The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
Things get explodey in the Empire Podcast this week, what with Expendables 3 in cinemas, and Terry Crews and Wesley Snipes in the booth. Look forward to the former talking about his love of Nando's, the robot dance and pec-popping, as the latter does the Blade voice and imagines what an Expendables character called "Jazz Gumbo" would sound like.Elsewhere, Empire Podcast fan (and martial artist / Expendables 2 star) Scott Adkins gets a special shout-out-cum-apology, Timur Bekmambetov and David Michôd get their names horribly mangled, and petrol stations in the movies get their chance to shine (and hopefully not catch fire). P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
When i first heard the news that Kickboxer was to be remade, i wasn’t very happy. The original movie starred a younger Jean Claude Van Damme and has a cult following around the world, but do hollywood really need to reboot it?
The latest version will star Alain Moussi as the lead role, Ufc champion George St. Pierre and the villain Tong Po will be played by wrestler Bautista. But now we are hearing that Martial Arts icon Tony Jaa will play the role of Alain Moussi’s trainer and also Scott Adkins. The movie will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and be released sometime in 2015.
The original 1989 version had Van Damme showcasing some excellent skills, the villain of Tong Po was perfectly cast with Michel Qissi doing a terrific job. They are some great training sequences in the original and lots of fight scenes throughout, »
The upcoming reboot of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Kickboxer has added a couple of martial arts experts to its cast, with Scott Adkins (The Legend of Hercules) and Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) signing on to appear in the new film.
The remake is being directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and will follow Kurt Sloan – played by Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) – as he travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po, who will be played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Also featuring in the cast is George St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
“Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange. “Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form. »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) The "Kickboxer" remake just pulled in some next-level talent. Directed by "Tai Chi Zero‘s" Stephen Fung, the 3D action film has added Thai muay thai master Tony Jaa and British martial artist Scott Adkins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jaa gained international fame after starring in "Ong-bak" and "The Protector." He took a break to become a Buddhist monk, but is back making films, including his first American feature performance in "Fast & Furious 7." Adkins has made a name for himself in the "Ninja" films, and appeared alongside original "Kickboxer" star Jean-Claude Van Damme in "The Expendables 2," "Assassination Games" and "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning." “'Kickboxer' will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with,” producer Brian O’Shea said. “Along with Tony Jaa, 'Kickboxer' has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
English Martial artists Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa have been added to the cast of Kickboxer, a remake of the 1989 cult classic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Chinese director Stephen Fung is set to direct.
Moussi will star as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to get revenge for his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins will play Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa plays a Muay Thai master who trains Kurt to beat Tong Po.
The film is being produced by »
- Laura Frances
It's hard to replace the Muscles from Brussels, but the reboot of Jcvd's cult classic "Kickboxer" sounds more fun than Jason Momoa in a top hat. Scott Adkins ("The Legend of Hercules," "Ninja: Shadow of a Tear") and "Ong-Bak" star Tony Jaa are in talks to join an already jam-packed cast of fightin' folks. That includes Dave Batista from "Guardians of the Galaxy," Alain Moussi from "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and former Ufc champ Georges St-Pierre. Stephen Fung ("Tai Chi Hero," "Enter the Phoenix") is directing.
Kurt Sloan (Moussi) is hell-bent on avenging his brother's death. Naturally, he heads to Thailand to learn kickboxing, just so he can kickbox his brother's killer, Tong Po (Bautista), to kingdom come. Adkins might take on the role of Kurt's older bro, while Jaa is likely to play Kurt's Muay Thai mentor.
"Kickboxer" is still in pre-production limbo, with no slated start date. »
- Jenni Miller
Two top-tier action stars have been added to the upcoming Kickboxer remake, with word that Tony Jaa (pictured above, Ong Bak, Fast & Furious 7) and Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum) are in negotiations for two key supporting roles. Both stars have gained a rabid following in the martial arts community over the years.
Stunt man Alain Moussi is starring in the remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Guardians of the Galaxy breakout and professional wrestler Dave Bautista). Former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) also stars in Kickboxer, which is being helmed by Chinese Tai Chi Zero director Stephen Fung.
If talks result in a deal, Jaa will be taking on »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Kickboxer,” one of two upcoming remakes of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie from the ’80s (“Bloodsport” being the other one) has officially added a pretty impressive list of fighters to its cast. At least, if you like your martial artists in a movie to know actual, you know, martial arts. The film, set to be directed by “Tai Chi Zero’s” Stephen Fung (who is also bringing a kung fu drama called “Badlands” to AMC later next year, can’t wait for that one myself!), will star proven asskickers Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa (of “Ong Bak” fame), and Alain Moussi. The trio will join “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Dave Bautista and former Ufc welterweight champion George St. Pierre (last seen getting his ass kicked by Captain America) in the flick. Despite those big names (well, in the realm of action movies, anyway), the lesser known Moussi will be your star. »
Kickboxer will follow Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a karate champion 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).
Stephen Fung will direct the movie, which is expected to feature over 20 different martial arts disciplines including Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and Judo.
Van Damme's original Kickboxer was released in 1989 and earned $15 million at the box office from a budget of $1.5 million. A sequel, written by The Dark Knight trilogy's David S Goyer, followed in 1991.
Watch some classic training scenes from Kickboxer below: »
We've been hearing that a number of Jean-Claude Van Damme films are in the process of getting remakes. And now comes word that "Kickboxer" is moving forward and has announced the official cast. That cast includes Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), former Ufc champion George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tony Jaa (Ong Bak). The story 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 new movie will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero). »
More cast members for the planned Kickboxer remake have been announced. Joining the remake/ reboot of the superb 1980s Jean Claude Van Damme actioner, is none other than martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty). The two join the already cast George St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Alain Moussi (X-men: Days Of Future Past), who takes the Van Damme role.
Kickboxer revolves around the story of Kurt Sloan (Moussi), who journeys to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother by taking part in an infamous martial arts tournament. There he fights his way through to get to his brother’s killer, the fearsome Tong Po (Bautista).
What do we think? »
- Paul Heath
Suddenly, it's become impossible for an action nut to ignore that Kickboxer 3D is happening. The film was to star newcomer Alain Moussi, with Marvel grads Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) onboard. But now, the production has gotten an unexpected infusion of badassery. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa are joining Kickboxer 3D in unspecified roles. If you want badass toughies who will dominate the ring, you can't get two better picks than Adkins and Jaa, the fiercest onscreen fighters in the industry. Together with Moussi, Bautista and St. Pierre, that's one fierce collection of heavies. Adkins has risen through the ranks of the direct-to-dvd world, starring in some of the better entries in the action-fighting field. He was the star of both Ninja and Ninja II from director Isaac Florentine, films that brought a »
The planned reboot of the Kickboxer movie series has added a few more names to its cast. Already on board were Dave Bautista (currnetly being seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy), George St Pierre, Stephen Fung and Alain Moussi. But it's now been revealed that both Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa have been added to the line-up.
There's a fair whack of martial arts talent in one movie. The film will centre on Moussi as Kurt Sloan, who travels to Thailand. There, he learns kickboxing secrets, so he can avenge the death of his brother.
There's no confirmation as of yet as to when the new Kickboxer will start filming, but it can't be too far away now. We'll, of course, keep you posted on it...
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• English martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum; Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Thai star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) are in discussions to join the Kickboxer reboot. The film will be directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and will star Ufc’s George St. Pierre, stunt man Alain Moussi, and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Moussi will star as martial artist Kurt Sloan, who travels to Thailand to learn kickboxing techniques and avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins is looking at the role of Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa »
- C. Molly Smith
The remake of Kickboxer just got a major martial arts upgrade. Directed by Stephen Fung and starring rising martial arts star Alain Moussi, the film has landed Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum). They join a cast that already included Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter […]
- Germain Lussier
Action star Scott Adkins ("Zero Dark Thirty") and martial arts legend Tony Jaa ("Ong Bak") have joined the cast of Stephen Fung's 3D remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme action classic "Kickboxer" for Radar Films.
The pair join Dave Bautista ("Guardians of the Galaxy") stunt man Alain Moussi ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"), and George St. Pierre ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") who were previously announced.
Moussi plays Kurt Sloan, 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).
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Another day, another remake. But this doesn't sound so bad after all... Or maybe I'm going crazy. News has arrived via the Brian O'Shea, the CEO of The Exchange, the company producing the remake of Kickboxer, that the cast has been confirmed and it includes some big names. The last we wrote about this Kickboxer remake, it was announced that WWE star Dave Bautista (who is in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ufc champion Georges St. Pierre would appear in the film. But now we can add a few more names: Tony Jaa (of Ong Bak, The Protector, Fast & Furious 7) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty). Commenting on the casting news, The Exchange CEO Brian O'Shea says: "Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with. Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to »
- Alex Billington
Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Bautista, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, former Ufc welterweight champion Georges 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).
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, Kickboxer features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista 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, »
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