JVCD's Jean-Claude Van Johnson show may have been canceled after one season, but that has not deterred the actor and martial arts master. Van Damme took to social media to announce that Lionheart 2 is happening and that production begins later this year. This is huge news for fans of Van Damme, including President Donald Trump who loves the work of the martial artist. Jean-Claude Van Damme recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Bloodsport, which Trump called his favorite movie back in 1997 and now he's reviving another one of his most iconic roles with the sequel to Lionheart.
In a now deleted Instagram post, Jean-Claude Van Damme announced that Lionheart 2 is in the works and that filming is going to start in late 2018. It isn't clear why he deleted the post since the Rodin Entertainment website still has the poster up as well as a brief synopsis. In addition, the site says that no director has been chosen yet, but that the movie is in pre-production. The synopsis for Lionheart 2 reads.
"A cynical street hustler takes in a talented fighter on the lam from the authorities, helping the fighter raise money for his family as he uses him to pay down his own large gambling debts through underground street fights. As the fighter slowly discovers the connection between his family's tragedy and the hustler's boss, he realizes that, on the streets, it's hard to tell friend from foe, and even harder to do something about it."
Jean-Claude Van Damme has been pretty busy as of late and his new slate of films to be released reflects that. In addition to Lionheart 2, Van Damme also has another sequel to the The Quest in the works, as well as the action-drama The Bouncer and We Die Young. All four of the new projects are in various stages of development and each has a poster as well as a synopsis. This is a lot of work for the 57-year old Van Damme, which he may be only realizing now.
Lionheart came out in January of 1991 and helped further Jean-Claude Van Damme's status as one of the most in-demand action actors on the planet. Though the movie was torn apart by critics at the time of its release, fans loved it, resulting in over $24 million in worldwide box office earnings on an initial budget of $6 million. A sequel has been talked about for a number of years, but this is the first that we've heard of anything official.
Jean-Claude Van Damme fans have been waiting nearly 30 years for a proper sequel to Lionheart, and it appears to be closer to happening now more than ever. Lionheart 2 does not have a release date as of yet and as previously noted, there is also no director in place at this time. However, more news is expected to drop soon. You can head over to the Rodin Entertainment website to check out the synopsis and poster for Lionheart 2.