Production has started on a Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick titled Pound of Flesh. The film will re-team Van Damme with Ernie Barbarash (Favela), the director behind 2011′s Assassination Games and 2012′s 6 Bullets. Van Damme’s son, Kristopher Van Varenberg (Enemies Closer), is co-starring. Pound of Flesh is being produced by Kirk Shaw (Driven To Kill, Hardwired).
The plot line of Pound of Flesh is reminiscent of Park Chan-wook’s 2002 thriller, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance:
In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (Van damme), an former black-ops agent, awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city – brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.
We’ll keep you updated on Pound of Flesh as we hear more. Until then, Van Damme’s other film, Swelter, should be getting a release date soon. In addition, Barbarash’s Codename Falcon 1 (aka Favela), with Michael Jai White, is also just around the corner.
Update: Via the Hollywood Reporter, Pound of Flesh will feature fight scenes coordinated by veteran choreographer and stuntman John Salvetti (Donnie Yen’s Flash Point, Special Identity). | John Ralston (Degrassi The Next Generation), William B Davis (The X-Files), Charlotte Peters and Kris Van Varenberg (Welcome to the Jungle) have joined Pound of Flesh.
According to Impact, Darren Shahlavi (Ip Man 2, Bloodmoon) has joined the film as the lead villain. Here’s what Shahlavi had to say about appearing in the movie: “I’ve wanted to work with Van Damme for so many years and I’m very excited to be finally getting to work with him on such a great project. I love the script and the team that director Ernie Barbarash and the producers have put together for this film, including fight choreographer John Salvitti who I am also a huge fan of.” | First photo of Van Damme in Pound of Flesh. | On-the-set photo of Van damme with a few fans, courtesy of the folks at vandammefan.net. | Photo of Van Damme on the set, courtesy of Van Damme. | Photo of Darren Shahlavi on the set of Pound of Flesh.
Ernie Barbarash, the director of Pound of Flesh, spills some details about his upcoming film in this video. He mentions that it is an “action movie that’s very character driven.” Also making a cameo in the movie is the popular Chinese “boy band” TF Boys (click here for a photo of them with Van Damme). | Another set photo of a shirtless Van Damme.
New set photo of Van Damme, courtesy of jcvd-online. Also, Bruceploitation actor Huang Kin Long (aka Bruce Le) recently visited the set. So what does Le look like today? Well, here’s a photo (courtesy of Impact) of him with Mike Leeder, Darren Shahlavi and Mike Moller on the set of Pound of Flesh. Simply amazing! Click here to read about it.
Darren Shahlavi has posted a new set photo. Also, according to his Facebook page, Pound of Flesh has wrapped up filming in China. In case you missed it, here’s an extremely short fight clip of Van Damme vs. Darren Shahlavi!