If you’re a fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme, chances are you’ve heard of The Eagle Path (aka Full Love). The 2010 action drama is Van Damme’s first directorial effort since 1996′s The Quest and the movie he chose to make rather than appear in the first Expendables movie. The project was shot on a budget of about $5 million on location in Thailand and eventually screened out of competition at Cannes.
Audiences at its 2010 screening offered a mixed reaction. There were even some critics who compared the film’s more ‘out there’ sequences to 2001: A Space Odyssey or Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life. Fans had to wonder: had Van Damme gone arthouse?
Unfortunately, American audiences have been unable to discover The Eagle Path since Van Damme was reportedly unhappy with his final cut. Rumors suggested he wouldn’t release the movie in the West, even on DVD, until he was able to do another edit.
According to Impact, producer Moshe Diamont (The Black Dahlia, Universal Soldier: Regeneration) came onboard to help initiate reshoots, which were meant to help clarify the story and characters for the audience and beef up the action sequences.
Recently, Van Damme took to Facebook to assure fans of the status of the film: “The Eagle Path took longer than what I have expected but that is because I did some recent re-shooting with more ACTION scenes! The movie is going to be re-titled to SOLDIERS. Thank you for your patience… soon, wait for its huge première! — JCVD
Updates: The Eagle Path, apparently now titled Soldiers, has been the most tumultuous film of Damme’s career – and hardly anyone has seen it yet. For whatever reason, this film is taking longer than usual to put together. However, we have long heard that this is one of Van Damme’s most personal projects. Bear in mind, JCVD helped finance Soldiers with his own money and wrote the screenplay, besides directing and starring in it. Regardless of the rumors and the long wait, it sounds like Van Damme is working on something that has the potential to be more than just another martial arts flick.
Here’s some footage: 2010 trailer | Clips 01 | Clips o2 | Van Damme’s 2010 screening intro | Check out the latest clips (sorry, video has been removed), which feature new re-shoots and action sequences that look like they might have been inspired by Garath Evans’ The Raid.
Here’s a brief on-screen clip from Soldiers (aka The Eagle Path). When will we finally get to see Soldiers? The word is it’s completed and fully edited. Now that Van Damme is done filming Pound of Flesh, he can put more focus on finally releasing Soldiers. Rest assured, City on Fire will keep Van Damme fans updated on the status of this long-in-development film.
Apparently, Soldiers is now changing back to its original title, Full Love (aka The Eagle Path). Full Love (click here to see the poster) will make its premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival. “I just watched my film with final mixing. This is the fresh made film poster…” says Van Damme. I will be in Shanghai International Film Festival to share this film with you.”
In our last update, we reported that The Eagle Path’s title was reverted back to Full Love. But now, according to the SIFF schedule, looks like it’s back to being called The Eagle Path. Whatever the case, The Eagle Path / Full Love / Soldiers is still premiering at the SIFF on June 20th.
BREAKING NEWS: In the last several days, Van Damme has been promoting The Eagle Path at the SIFF. During this time, he took the stage with Jackie Chan (video) and also gave this interview (video), where he talks about his career, The Eagle Path and the possibility of working with Chan.