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Jean Claude Van Damme Back In Action For Kidnap Thriller Six Bullets

Welcome to the 1980s! We’ve got Sylvester Stallone moving ahead on a sequel to his muscle-bound blockbuster hit The Expendables, exciting projects in the pipeline for Bruce Willis, and breaking news on Jean Claude Van Damme’s latest action thriller.

Relax. You didn’t fall into a time machine. It’s just Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia and the industry’s inability to let any stars out to pasture when they can keep stories like this afloat. Following the minor success of the meta indie JCVD, Van Damme appears to be heading back to his bone-crunching roots, headlining Six Bullets for director Ernie Barbarash. Variety’s Andrew Stewart, who broke the story, says Van Damme would play an ex-merc (of course) hired by a martial arts expert (of course) to retrieve his kidnapped daughter (of course!). Even the plot sounds like an ‘80s logline, which either makes me sad or excited. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference anymore.

Don’t get your hopes too high, though. Variety sets the budget at $10 million, meaning it’s about the price that Stallone will pay on catering for Expendables 2. While I preferred Van Damme poking fun of his legacy in JCVD, I think the days of him smashing heads are long gone. But if Barbarash can capture a little of the Muscles from Brussels’s magic, more power to both of them.

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.