Thanks to James Bond and his gadgets, spy-fi is on every geek’s radar. And soon action star Jean-Claude Van Damme will be making a blip: He’s going to be getting his own spy-fi TV series.
Better yet, the show will be a self-parody. Its name? Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
According to IndieWire, the show’s premise is that the actor is actually a private contractor, and his acting career was merely a cover. In addition, other actors are also undercover agents. I’m already laughing at the possibilities this show has to offer.
IndieWire has the synopsis:
Jean-Claude Van Damme comes out of retirement to put on once again the mantle of his alter-ego, undercover private contractor Jean-Claude Johnson. “Johnson’s” cover as the lead role in a re-imagined action film version of “Huckleberry Finn” lands him right back in the midst of the danger he secretly always craves–but most importantly, back in the orbit of Vanessa, his fellow operative and the woman he loves.
The show, which will air on Amazon, has enough cred for any fan of action who likes to laugh. Ridley Scott (!) is producing, and Peter Atencio (Keanu) is directing. Dave Callaham, who wrote The Expendables, has written the series, which begins filming in May.
This isn’t the first time Van Damme has parodied himself. He starred in a movie called JCVD, about a down-and-out Jean-Claude who becomes embroiled in a bank heist and is mistaken for a robber. His raw performance was recognized as one of the best of 2008.
Check out how awesome he can be when he’s acting and not merely karate kicking people in the face: