Van Damme Wants to Beat His Kids
Those are totally the eyes of a kid beater!
So Jean Claude Van Damme wants to do a sequel to Bloodsport in which the title character, Frank Dux, beats his kids.
You know, like, we’re gonna do Bloodsport 2. Which was my first movie. And I want to do it now in a very mature way, where the guy from Bloodsport is a complete bum, maybe abusing his son. They told me, ‘No, no, no! You cannot make a movie in America where a father is abusing his son physically! It’s wrong. And you cannot be a guy on drugs doing karate and shit like that.’ I said, ’Why? Why? Tell me why.’ It’s against the rules of success. But I believe the other rules of success. To show something real.
You tell ’em JCVD! Show something real!
So basically, Van Damme wants to play himself. Again. Yes, JCVD is getting critical acclaim. And yes, it’s certainly high on my list of flicks I must see. But portraying a drugged out, abusive father does not a Bloodsport make. The JCVD formula may not translate well to Bloodsport. Frank Dux has not been established as a family man of any sort. Jumping ahead to when he’s down and out and beating his kid sort of resets the franchise. Bloodsport is about fighting to prove one’s worth, not a heady and emotional family drama. You could probably do a story similar to The Wrestler, a washed out tournament fighter trying to figure out how to live life as a father or something to that effect. But it would do far better as a stand alone film rather than trying to tie it to a franchise that killed itself. Remember Bloodsport IV: The Dark Kumite? Didn’t think so.
Alternatively, if the film were to focus on the kid overcoming an abusive father, I could see a decent Bloodsport out of that. More as it happens.
Source: Total Film