(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, we see if Scott Adkins can follow in the spin-kicking footsteps of Jean-Claude Van Damme.)

Depending on your affinity for the action genre, the name Jean-Claude Van Damme might mean different things to you. For some he’s an action star, for some he’s a has-been, and for others the news that he’s still alive and kicking might come as a complete surprise. From his first big role (as a villain) in the ridiculous and highly entertaining No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) through a slew action gems casting him as the hero on into the 90s, Van Damme was a big deal for action fans. Sure the quality of his films tapered off, but for a while there he was a Belgian god. One of his best is his collaboration with John Woo for 1993’s Hard Target, and for fans who like their action mixed with healthy dollops of absurdity it remains a classic. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it in a few years (or at all) you owe it to yourself to give it a spin.

Scott Adkins is one of modern action cinema’s most exciting and talented stars, and in 2016 he starred in a direct-to-video sequel to that Van Damme hit. Does it do the original justice? Is it anywhere near as thrilling or crazy? Are there any doves?! Let’s find out together, shall we? Keep reading for a look at the DTV sequel to Hard Target.

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Triple Threat trailer

If you asked a group of diehard genre fans to make a list of the four best martial arts movie stars in the world right now, I imagine an overwhelming majority of the results would include these names: Tony Jaa (the Ong Bak trilogy), Iko Uwais (The Raid films), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), and Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning).

An upcoming film called Triple Threat has united these international ass-kickers, and a new trailer has arrived today as an unconventional Valentine’s Day present for martial arts fans everywhere. Check it out below.

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Scott Adkins Batman audition

Before Ben Affleck scored the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. was looking at several actors to take over for Christian Bale as the newest iteration of The Dark Knight. One of the men they considered was Scott Adkins, the martial artist and star of down and dirty direct-to-video action films like Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.

Years later, the actor’s Batman audition tape has made its way online, and you can watch it below to get a glimpse into an alternate reality in which Adkins ended up wearing the cape and cowl in Batman v Superman. Read More »

Scott Adkins Interview

If you liked Scott Adkins as Kaecilius’ henchman in Doctor Strange or as Mitch Rapp’s training rival in American Assassin, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a whole host of movies in which Adkins really shows us his moves. Action fans may know him as Boyka in the Undisputed sequels or from his lead roles in the Ninja films or from movies like Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and Hard Target 2. If not, it’s time to change that…because he’s not slowing down.

Accident Man, Adkins’ latest starring vehicle, is his dream project. Based on the comic of the same name, Adkins co-wrote the screenplay and stars as Mike Fallon, a hitman who specializes in making his kills look like accidents. When his ex-girlfriend Beth turns up dead, Fallon goes up against his fellow hitmen, with the help of Beth’s girlfriend (Ashley Greene).

Adkins Skyped with /Film from his home in London to discuss Accident Man, as well as his experiences in Doctor Strange and American AssassinAccident Man is available on Blu-ray, DVD, digital and VOD on February 6, 2018.

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Triple Threat trailer

If you recognize the names Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen without looking them up, then your day is about to get a whole lot better: the three martial arts movie stars (who appeared in films like Ong-Bak, The Raid, and Man of Tai Chi, respectively) have teamed up for a new action movie called Triple Threat, and the first trailer has arrived. This is the Avengers of modern martial arts films.

If you don’t know these guys’ names and you’re a fan of bone-crunching action movies, allow this to be your introduction to what this group of cinematic badasses is all about.
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Scott Adkins in Close Range

So far, Marvel’s Doctor Strange has collected a cast that seems like they’d be more at home at reciting Shakespeare or the brothers Coen than throwing down with supervillains. But the film’s latest addition guarantees we can count on some pretty kickass action scenes as well. Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2) has just joined the star-studded cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. More about the Doctor Strange Scott Adkins casting after the jump.  Read More »

Tony Jaa Ong Bak 3

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 Soldier). Read more about the Kickboxer remake cast below. 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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The ad campaign for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy SEAL team, has been pretty low-key so far. But then, the studio hasn’t had to do much, as there has been a fair amount of publicity for the movie thanks to accusations that the original October release date was meant to remind audiences of President Obama’s role in the mission, just before the Presidential election takes place. There have been far more serious (but unproven) allegations that the film is based on access to classified data that was given illegally to the production.

Now it’s time to move beyond those talking points to look at the actual film. Derspite featuring Joel EdgertonJessica ChastainChris PrattKyle ChandlerMark Strong, and Jason Clarke, the teaser trailer showed few faces, and relied upon audio montage to set up the story of the hunt for Bin Laden. A few images later gave us a bit more. Now you can see a lot more of Bigelow’s follow-up to The Hurt Locker, in the full trailer below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

My favorite Sequel Bits are the ones with a little something for everyone, like this one. After the jump:

  • Lindsay Lohan tries to get out of Scary Movie 5
  • Looks like Adele will be singing the Skyfall theme
  • Human Centipede 3 will have a 500-person chain
  • Lydia Hearst boards Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 tickets to go on sale in October
  • See the Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning trailer
  • Maggie Grace goes on the run in a new Taken 2 clip
  • Paul W.S. Anderson would do a sixth Resident Evil

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