By: John M Jerva
The third entry in the Kickboxer reboot franchise took a bit of a hiatus as star Alain Moussi and Director Dimitri Logothetis both went to film the sci-fi actioner JIU JITSU which also features Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan and Nicolas Cage.
The third entry tentatively titled Kickboxer: Armageddon will see Moussi’s Kurt Sloan take a walk on the savage side and the actor and director even teased the character’s return a while back with images and a teaser trailer.
Now with JIU JITSU in the can, Moussi is teasing us once again as he shared a new black and white image of a more brutal Sloan in a new social media post which you can see below!
With the new image, Moussi simply asked “Who’s Next?” It’s a small gesture but surely one big enough to flame the fires of when the new sequel will finally begin production. Of course, Hollywood will have to reopen again and it looks like that will be happening sooner rather than later.
The plot for the third film is still a mystery but I had the distinct honor of interviewing Alain for Kickboxer: Retaliation and here is what he had to say about Armageddon: “I have to tell you right now from reading the first draft of the script, this is by far the best script I’ve read for all three Kickboxer films just from the starting point. It amps up the action, it amps up the character which is really cool. Kurt Sloan’s journey is really interesting and it’s kind of like my journey as an actor because I still consider myself a total rookie. I’m learning as an actor all the time and I’m constantly training so I feel like the character is evolving like my evolution as an actor. The first film didn’t ask much of me in terms of performance. Dimitri told me that he wanted me to be as natural as possible. He said that he wanted to get as much of me into this role.
Now with the second film, there’s a little more trauma. He’s thrown into jail in Thailand and there is more going on there. For me because of my experience and training, I can deliver more in the second film.
Now in the third film, Kurt Sloan has to go deeper and darker. That’s where he is going right now and bad things happen and instead of being pulled into this world, he decides to go back into that world to put an end to it so that’s where the story is going. He’s going into a very dark place because he needs to put an end to all that has been done to him. I can’t tell exactly what it is (laughs) but that’s where the story is headed. He’s going on a rampage from one person to the next to find the people responsible and put an end to it. That’s why the look I have now is completely different. I’ve been growing my hair out and the beard and that’s all for Kickboxer 3. This movie is going to a totally different place than the last two which is great.”
Now, of course, Moussi doesn’t have that look anymore after putting this movie on hold but I’m sure it’ll come back soon and he will be revved up and ready to go.
Moussi, in our exclusive chat, talked about what kind of action we can expect and it sounds deliciously jaw dropping!
“Now in terms of action, we know the things that our audience loves so we just want to deliver more and better versions of it and that is what we are working on now. In terms of a oner like we talked about earlier, you are going to see a crazy, amped up oner in this movie. In terms of the end fight and the stakes, we are going totally bonkers with that and it is going to be great. As you know in a trilogy, when you get to the third film, you often revisit things about the first and that definitely happens in this film in a great way. I think story wise, Kurt is going full circle and it’s going to please the audience. Our goal like I said was to top the last film and to top ourselves and that is what we are doing again with the third film. We want to top what we did in Vengeance and Retaliation but not with making the mistake of just putting everything on steroids. We want to make a cooler and newer version of what we did in the second film.” For my full interview with Alain, click here!
The teaser that came out in 2018 doesn’t show anything new since the film hasn’t been filmed yet as Moussi and Logothetis did choose to make the sci-fi action epic Jiu Jitsu first. We do get to see Moussi as Sloan in the teaser and he looks completely bad ass and in my interview with the action star, he mentioned how Sloan will go through a lot of changes in the upcoming sequel.
Hopefully with this tease, more 411 will drop in the future. Until then, check out the teaser that dropped a few years back below!
Source: Alain Moussi on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AlainMoussiOnline/