Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren were action movie staples in the 1980s and 1990s, and the two have often shared the screen before – but they’ve always appeared as adversaries. But this year, the duo is finally going to be up on the same side in a new action thriller called Black Water. Anyone who grew up watching these guys blast their way through films like Universal Soldier and The Expendables 2 will probably perk up at the notion of watching these two truly team up for the first time. Read More »
Three comedies have gotten the axe from Amazon Studios.
On the heels of the renewal of superhero comedy The Tick, the streaming service has cancelled three other shows, One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
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Good news, fans of movies with casts that make you say, “Hmm??” There’s a Kickboxer: Retaliation trailer with your name on it! This all new action extravaganza features Jean-Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson and the guy who played The Mountain on Game of Thrones. Retaliation is the second film in the rebooted Kickboxer series, which first began back in 1989, when the idea of an entire Kickboxer franchise was only a beautiful dream.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Fred Topel
Last year’s Amazon Pilot Season included Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in the self-referential comedy, where Van Damme movies are only the cover for his real mission: he is actually a super spy. The full first season premieres this month on Amazon Prime.
Van Damme has already revealed some mild spoilers in previous appearances. Filip, the Van Damme lookalike with the funny voice whose favorite movie is Timecop, will return and there will be actual time travel. The show’s trailer also showcased part of the epic riverboat fight on the set of Huck, a gritty reboot of Huckleberry Finn, in which real bad guys come after Van Damme and the director mistakes them for stunt men.
Van Damme himself sat down with /Film to discuss Jean-Claude Van Johnson’s take on his epic career in action movies. Show creator Dave Callaham and director Peter Atencio (who spoke with /Film last year) joined Van Damme for our interview. Jean-Claude Van Johnson premieres December 15 on Amazon.
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Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme has made a meta film commenting on his career before with 2008’s JCVD, but now the Muscles from Brussels is heading to Amazon for a new action comedy series where he takes it to the next level. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars JCVD as a version of himself that takes acting gigs as a cover for his real job as an undercover operative.
After the brief teaser trailer that hit last week, a full trailer is here that reveals a lot more of the show’s story and gives a far better sense of the goofy, self-effacing tone they’re going for with the show. Spoiler alert: this looks hilarious.
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“My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous.”
These are the opening lines of the pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, an upcoming Amazon original series we exclusively told you about early last year. The pilot performed well enough with viewers to warrant a series order, and the first season is officially on the way.
In the series, the action movie star plays a version of himself who takes jobs in crappy direct-to-video movies in far-flung countries as a cover for his real work as a private contractor. As that line of dialogue above indicates, JCVD is certainly willing to poke fun at his own career (see also: the 2008 movie JCVD), and he continues to do exactly that in this comedy series, which is being helmed by Keanu and Key & Peele director Peter Atencio, one of the most versatile up-and-coming filmmakers working today.
Now a new teaser trailer has debuted for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, and it continues to poke fun at itself as JCVD undercuts the primary subject of the teaser. Check it out below.
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Amazon’s pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson not only seems like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s guaranteed comeback, but it is a love letter to JCVD’s loyal fans for decades. With references to his splits, his movies from Bloodsport to Timecop and even a twin, Jean-Claude Van Johnson leaves fans wanting more. It will be up to the fans whether or not Amazon orders a full series, as they can vote on Amazon’s pilot season.
Van Johnson stars Van Damme as himself, a retired actor who comes back not only to Hollywood but to his true job as an undercover agent. Thanks to his agent Jane (Phylicia Rashad), Van Damme takes a role on the action-packed Huckleberry Finn reboot Huck as a cover for his latest mission. We spoke with the pilot’s director and potential series executive producer Peter Atencio about where Jean-Claude Van Johnson could go and how he made the ultimate Van Damme movie in the pilot. Hit the jump to read our interview with Interview: Jean-Claude Van Johnson director Peter Atencio.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend’s Kickboxer: Vengeance reboots the martial arts franchise that began in 1989, with Alain Moussi replacing Jean-Claude Van Damme as the new Kurt Sloane and Van Damme himself stepping into the role of Kurt’s mentor Durand. The film is meant to kickstart a new trilogy, and the producers are wasting no time. A sequel, Kickboxer: Retaliation, has already wrapped shooting, and now they’re barreling ahead with plans for another sequel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Fred Topel
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s franchises had a rough go back in the day. Both Bloodsport and Kickboxer continued with straight-to-video sequels that not only did not star Van Damme, but featured completely new characters. Yet reigniting Universal Soldier decades later on video signaled a return to form for Van Damme and delivered that franchise’s two best entries. So rebooting Kickboxer, primarily for VOD and limited theatrical release, is a smart proposition. It elevates the franchise from it’s Van Damme-less phase and exemplifies the kind of fighting that today’s martial artists can do. Read More »
This weekend brings Amazon’s new pilots to their website for viewers to vote which ones get turned into full fledged series. If there’s any good in this universe, everyone will support the new pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson. You might remember we broke the exclusive on the series at Amazon following a contractor named Jean-Claude Van Johnson who lives a cover life under the guise of washed up action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. Now the Jean Claude Van Johnson trailer has arrived to convince you to watch the show, and it’s simultaneously hilarious and depressing. Read More »