Amazon’s batch of pilots last year yielded full series’ for the sublimely silly The Tick, and the somewhat mixed Kevin Bacon comedy I Love Dick. The third of the pilots ordered to series Jean Claude Van Johnson starring none other than Jean Claude Van Damme.
The premise is simple, Van Damme and all his acting shenanigans were just a cover for his real job, super secret spy Jean Claude Van Johnson. Okay, maybe the premise isn’t that simple, but a new trailer has arrived ahead of the series launch in December.
My formative years were spent watching just about every martial arts or action movie made throughout the 80s and 90s. Straight to video starts like Jeff Speakman, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, David Bradley and dozens more aspired to the high standard of Steven Seagal and Van Damme, but their movie just didn’t have the budgets to compete. Ironically, Van Damme works almost exclusively in the DTV sector these days, and I don’t want to talk about Steven Seagal, it makes me sad.
Here’s the official synopsis for Jean Claude Van Johnson
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as “Jean-Claude Van Damme,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of ‘Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he’s now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood… until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he’s ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel.
Just kidding it’s himself.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Van Damme along with Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad (Creed). The show is executive produced by Dave Callaham (The Expendables), Peter Atencio (Key & Peele), Ridley Scott (The Good Wife), David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle), and Van Damme. From Scott Free Productions, the series is directed by Atencio, and written and created by Callaham. Jean-Claude Van Johnson is coming soon, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.