Van Damme's back in command

5 July, 2005

Hot on the heels of his planned-comeback film "Kumite" (seems like it's been in the works for longer than it takes to get through a supermarket checkout at 5 O'clock though, doesn't it?), Jean Claude Van Damme will star in "Second in Command", a new film from Simon Fellows, director of the recent "Seven Seconds".

"Command" will film a horde of its scenes at Romania's Castel Film Studios, where Fellows shot the abovementioned Wesley Snipes film. It'll shoot there, and in Bucharest, until June.

It sounds like this could be "The Fixer", which we mentioned a few moons back. The film tells of US special forces soldiers sent to rescue stricken journalists from Middle-Eastern trouble spots.

Meanwhile, 'Beo' sent us in a few paragraphs of a new Van Damme interview that appears in Impact magazine this month. In it, he talks about the film he's banking on being his comeback, "Kumite".

"It's a project I've been wanting to make for a very long time and I think it's something that the audience has been waiting for", he says. "[We] have the story of a man; a Karate guy who, like myself, has had a lot of ups and downs in both his professional and personal life. In the film, this guy has reached a real low, proberly the lowest point in his life, when something comes along that could change his life for good, but he's almost afraid to take the responsibility for himself to do this. Then a young guy comes into his life, almost a kid, and he's forced to display a level of maturity, as a father figure. This kid wakes him up and sets him off in a new direction even though he believes that the direction he's taking holds no real future for him".

Van Damme also tells the magazine that he's looking at starring in his own TV series.


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