Interview: Dimitri Logothetis Talks New Film ‘Gunner’, Old School Action Flicks, Future Of His ‘Kickboxer’ Franchise

Action movies have had their ups and downs, but they are in the middle of a resurgence right now. While the John Wick films and other big-budget franchises are a big part of that, it’s the filmmakers who do the most with less that truly keep the genre afloat. Dimitri Logothetis is one of those directors, having revived the Kickboxer franchise with two hard-hitting films, and if you ever wanted to see Nicolas Cage pair up with Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo on a sci-fi/martial arts flick, he gave you Jiu Jitsu.

As you can probably tell, I’m a Logothetis fan. So I was absolutely thrilled to speak with him about his upcoming project, Gunner, an action movie starring Luke Hemsworth and Morgan Freeman! The film about a veteran Special Ops agent who takes on a drug cartel to save his kidnapped sons is in production now.

Logothetis spoke with me about how Gunner came to be, how he teamed up with Fast & the Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson on the project, and the current status of the Kickboxer franchise.

It’s a great conversation with someone who I think is very important to keeping old school action movies alive. Enjoy my interview with Dimitri Logothetis below!

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.