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Amazon’s next original is the Jean-Claude Van Damme comedy the world deserves

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Four names, one legend: Jean-Claude Van Damme. If ever there was a who could help Amazon take its original programming efforts to the next level, it’s Chuck Norris. But since he apparently wasn’t available, Van Damme will have to do. The 1980s action star recently returned to the big screen in The Expendables 2, and now he’s ready to give TV a shot. According to a new report, Van Damme will star in an original scripted comedy that Amazon is preparing to pilot.

Good luck competing with that, Netflix.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Amazon original series is called Jean-Claude Van Johnson and it will star Van Damme as a fictional version of himself.

In the show, Van Johnson is a famous retired actor who goes back to work playing the lead in an action version of Huckleberry Finn. This, according to the plot line, is the perfect cover that allows the actor to secretly work as a black ops contractor.

The report states that Expendables creator Dave Callaham will pen the script and executive produce the series. Ridley Scott and David Zucker will be executive producers as well, and it will be directed by Peter Atencio. The project has apparently been in the works since 2014 and is now set to begin shooting in May.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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