Good news for fans of guys who can kick high and have indecipherable accents. Jean Claude Van Damme has got his newest movie lined up and ready to go. Remember how excited everyone was when it was announced that Van Damme would be starring in the new Ernie Barbarash helmed film Assassination Games? Yeah, I don’t either. As a matter of fact, I think my Internet broke when I tried to Google its non-existent IMDB page. Regardless, producer Brad Krevoy is planning on teaming the actor/director duo back up for a new film called Six Bullets. This one would see Van Damme starring as an ex-mercenary kidnapping expert hired by a martial arts fighter to help him find his missing daughter. No, that wasn’t a typo, I actually did write all of those words in a row.
I may not have ever heard of Ernie Barbarash, Assassination Games, or seen many of these lower tier Van Damme releases that have come out over the past decade, but I do remember when he played himself in 2008’s JVCD and I found the film to be surprisingly affecting and well made, and Van Damme’s performance to be legitimately nuanced and the best he has ever given in his career. What happened to that? Shouldn’t it have sparked at least one talented director to give this guy a more legit chance at a career resurgence?
Apparently not, as he’s seemed to very quickly sink back into straight to video action movie fare. As to why he is making Six Bullets, Krevov says that, “For us, this is a changing of our business model that opens us up to the international market. Right now, there’s an opportunity in the marketplace to produce a series of high quality action films.” I guess this just supports the theory that absolutely any piece of crap with any sort of name that has been recognizable at any point over the last thirty years will be able to make money back when opened up to the world-wide market. Maybe I’m going to have to put my hopes for a PT Anderson movie starring Van Damme back on hold. [Variety]