Universal Developing Another 'Timecop' Without Van Damme?
This already sounds like a flop in the making, but oh well. We first reported a rumor way back in 2007 that Dark Horse was developing a remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme 1990's sci-fi action classic Timecop. Years have passed and we haven't heard a word about it, but a sketchy movie site called What's Playing (via The Playlist) is now reporting that Universal is trying to develop a reboot of Timecop titled simply Timecop 2.0. They claim that Universal has "been developing the pic for four years" but won't be bringing back Van Damme (as it is a reboot). However, they say it will be on the release docket in the "next [12 to 18] months."
The reason why Dark Horse was/is originally involved is because the Timecop movie is actually based on a comic book serial (two-issue series) written by Mark Verheiden and published by Dark Horse Comics in the 90s. The story in the comic involves a "time enforcement" officer who breaks the laws concerning time travel in order to save his wife. But the story in the Van Damme movie follows an interconnected web of "episodes" in the officer's life as he fights time-travel crime and investigates a politician's unusually successful career. Timecop is Van Damme's highest grossing movie at over $100M worldwide on a reported budget of $25M.
The website says that Universal is "envisioning a big-budget science-fiction blockbuster with a major star" and are apparently "pouring buckets" of money into its development. That does actually make some sense considering the studio is hurting nowadays and is probably searching their archives to find properties that they can remake/reboot that they know will connect with audiences. Alas, I think it's kind of ridiculous that they would choose this, but then again there's no confirmation that it is actually happening yet, so for now it's only just a rumor. We'll let you know if we hear anything else. Anyone want to see this reboot?
For nostalgic purposes, and anyone who hasn't seen the movie, I've included the Timecop trailer below.