Canadian policeman Louis Burke is assigned to a jail to investigate the murders of some prisoners and jailers. While in jail, Lois is able to save his own life and make himself respected in that violent world, using his outstanding martial arts skills. At last, helped by two another prisoners, he succeeds in finding the truth about the dreadful crimes.
This was a spec script I wrote and sold right out of college. Originally, it was called “Dusted”. 6 months after I graduated, I got word that Van Damme wanted to buy it and make it. 6 months later, I was on the set of my first movie, at the tender age of 22. As soon as Van Damme was cast, I had to take much of the dialogue and reapportion it to other characters because Van Damme’s accent was still quite think. I remember meeting Van Damme for the first time. He had one of those early, military-style cell phones. I’d never even seen one before. He gave me a hug and said, “Hollywood will try to destroy you. But I will protect you like an eagle.” So while the film wasn’t high art, it started my career, so I’ll always be indebted to Van Damme for that.
January 25, 2022