Jean-Claude Van Damme is going back to where it all began after confirming plans for a sequel to the cult martial arts action movie hit, Lionheart.
The Muscles from Brussels took to Instagram to confirm the news, alongside a mocked-up poster for Lionheart 2.
“Hi friends! This year I’ll be at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France, to present my new movie ‘The Bouncer’ and also a movie called ‘Blood and Land’,” he said.
“I will be there as well to talk about ‘Lionheart 2’, which we will start filming at the end of this year and to promote ‘Full Love’, which will be presented at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival! Be prepared for more surprises soon!”
An under-the-radar box office hit , raking in over $24 million off a budget of just $6 million, the film saw Van Damme take on the role of a French Legionnaire who deserts his post to return to Los Angeles to investigate the murder of his brother. Martial arts mayhem ensues, of course.
Directed by Sheldon Lettich, the co-writer of Van Damme’s first big hit. Bloodsport, the film helped consolidate Van Damme’s status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
As Lettich explained at the time, the film was “the first movie to demonstrate that Van Damme was more than just a flash-in-the-pan “Karate Guy” who would never rise above simplistic low-budget karate movies.”
It was also among the first movies to celebrate more of the male anatomy or, more specifically, the male posterior with Van Damme’s Belgian “buns” featuring prominently.
Lettich has always maintained that Lionheart’s appeal boils down to more than just that though.
“Van Damme’s female fans seem especially enamoured of this film because it was the first (and possibly the best) to showcase JCVD’s softer, more compassionate side,” he said.
“In Lionheart he’s not fighting for revenge or to “honour his Sensei,” or any of the usual motivations that are typical for these sorts of movies; he’s fighting for his family.”
There’s no word yet on whether Lettich will return to direct but it looks more than likely. The director has gone on to collaborate with Van Damme on Hard Target, The Order and, most recently 2006’s The Hard Corps.