Universal Planning Remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme Action Movie ‘Timecop’

By May 23, 2013
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In 1994, Universal released a time travel action movie called Timecop notable for starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mia Sara, the actress who played Sloane in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It was directed by Peter Hyams, who also helmed such movies as Outland, The Musketeer, Sudden Death, and End of Days, and as you might expect, it’s chock full of mid-90s ridiculousness. (I once recorded a podcast episode about it that you can listen to here.) Is it Jean-Claude Van Damme’s worst movie? Not by a long shot. But is it a good film? No way.

Still, the movie (which was based on a comic) spawned a short-lived TV series, a direct-to-DVD sequel, and a video game, and Universal has been wanting to reboot it since for at least the past three years. Now things are slowly picking up steam, as THR reports that Marc Shmuger and Tom McNulty (who produced the stellar Sundance comedy The Spectacular Now which opens in theaters later this summer) are on board to produce this new version of the story, which is being described as a complete reimagining of the original. No writer, director, or star has been set yet, but word is that Van Damme will not be involved this time. (A cameo wouldn’t surprise me in the least, though.)

Check out the original trailer below, and let us know if you think there’s any potential in a reboot of this franchise.

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