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You may know that Jean-Claude Van Damme originally had a faceless but significant part in John McTiernan‘s Predator. Specifically, he was going to be the guy in the Predator suit, back before the alien design we all know and love was totally finalized. In fact, Van Damme spent a couple days running around doing tests in a lobster-like costume and feeling pretty pissed-off about the fact that his martial arts skills were going to waste. The costume didn’t work, and eventually it was scrapped for a different design, worn by the much larger actor Kevin Peter Hall.

Stan Winston’s son recently had effects guy Steve Johnson (Ghostbusters, Species, Blade 2) as a guest on the inaugural episode of The Monster Show. Therein, Johnson told the story of the original Predator design and Van Damme’s involvement. It isn’t the most kind retelling of the story, but elapsed decades erase the need to maintain decorum. The story is so weird you’ll probably think it is a joke. You must watch the video below. 

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Whether you like family-friendly animated adventures or hard-R action thrillers, someone out there is trying to make a sequel for you. After the jump:

  • Kristen Bell would do Frozen 2 “in a heartbeat”
  • Sullivan Stapleton really wants there to be another 300
  • Jean Claude Van Damme would like to be in Expendables 4
  • The Raid 3 won’t get going “for a couple of years”
  • Fast & Furious 7 is heading to Abu Dhabi to shoot
  • Leigh Whannell doesn’t know anything about Saw 8
  • … but does have a few details to share about Insidious 3
  • Transformers 4 reveals a bunch of (human) character posters
  • The GNN staff goes wild in a deleted scene from Anchorman 2

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OK, seriously, what’s going on with Jean-Claude Van Damme? I would have never pegged the guy as light-hearted, but he actually looks like he’s been having fun of late. There was that volvo commercial with the impressive split. Then there was yesterday’s trailer for Welcome to the Jungle, JCVD’s first outright comedy.

Now we’ve got a look at Enemies Closer, an action film about a sort of bayou manhunt that definitely has it’s own comic edge. In fact, Van Damme is really drinking from the same well Javier Bardem was when he did The Counselor. Just check the whacked-out hair and mannerisms. The movie looks awful, but ol’ Jean-Claude just couldn’t give a Damme. (The marketing people wrote that, not me. *runs away*) Read More »

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I might ask “why has Jean Claude Van Damme never done a comedy?” and someone could scoff “dude, didn’t you see Cyborg? Or Double Impact? Or Street Fight—” and I’d say “shut up, why hasn’t he made a movie that was billed as a comedy?” That conversation can go around and around, but the truth remains: there really isn’t a JCVD movie that is obviously designed for laughs more than anything else.

Enter Welcome to the Jungle, in which the Muscles from Brussels plays a boot camp instructor at a team-building retreat where, naturally, things go very wrong. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

JCVD 22 Jump

With post-production in full swing on one movie, directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are currently in-production on their next movie. That movie is 22 Jump Street, the college-based follow-up to the 2012 hit film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. It’s scheduled for release June 13 and while a teaser trailer will likely be out before the end of the year, the directors have made even more work for themselves by crafting a viral spoof of an incredible commercial starring Jean Claude Van Damme. Check it out below. Read More »

James McTeigue Directing ‘Bloodsport’ Reboot

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There will be a new version of Bloodsport, the ’80s martial arts thriller in which Jean-Claude Van Damme fought Bolo Yeung and his pecs. (Above, JCVD shows off the reaction most of us would have when faced with the magnificence of said pectorals.) We’ve known about the remake for a long time, but now the movie has a director. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Raven) will make the movie. Read More »

Universal Developing Reboot of ‘Timecop’

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Whenever the topic of “Best Jean Claude Van Damme Movie” is on the table, someone always brings up Timecop. Deservedly so. The 1994 film, directed by Peter Hyams, told the story of a time travelling police force and one officer (JCVD himself) who tries to bring down a politician abusing the time-hopping technology.  It’s a solid flick, based on a Dark Horse Comics publication, and led to a TV show and a direct-to-DVD sequel.

So what’s the next step for a generally well-regarded sci-fi action film with a fairly unique plot that’s already proved successful over multiple mediums? Reboot it, of course. That’s exactly what Universal Pictures is doing with Timecop. Read More »

A few sequel-related odds and ends for the afternoon. After the jump:

  • David Paymer lands a role as a diplomat in Jack Ryan
  • Katt Williams is the latest to sign up for Scary Movie 5
  • Sam Mendes probably won’t direct more Bond movies
  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning goes red-band

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