Heat Vision has it that former MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano ("Haywire") has joined the cast of the remake of the 1989 action flick "Kickboxer".
The story follows David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a
well-known Californian fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate
World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his
brother's protestations that the man is a crook.When Kurt (Alain Moussi) travels to
Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died at the hands of Tong Po (WWE superstar and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista) and seeks his
revenge with the help of Xian Chow - a famous trainer living in a remote part of the country.
Carano will play a fight promoter here.
In the new version, the original film's star Jean-Claude Van Damme will take on the Xian Chow role that Tony Jaa was set to play. Thai supermodel Sara Malakul Lane is Sloane's love interest, a detective investigating his brother’s death.UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre also stars in the update.
John Stockwell replaces Stephen Fung as director on the film using a script by Dimitri Logothetis and Jim McGrath.
Ted Field, Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi will produce the pic.
Production is currently underway in New Orleans and Thailand.
Mark Disalle directed the original which starred Van Damme and world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio. JCVD's 1988 film Bloodsport and the 1994 Peter Hyams’ film Timecop are getting remakes as well.