Universal Still Plans to Remake Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Timecop'
With what might be a sign of studios finally running out of 80s films to throw into the reboot machine, Universal is bringing back a 1994 film to the big screen with a fresh take. THR has word the studio is still developing a remake of Timecop, the sci-fi action thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as an officer of a police force that regulates time travel. In the original film, a crooked politician is using time travel to further his political career, and Van Damme is tasked with stopping him. The film was actually based on a Dark Horse comic book serial (two-issue series), so this adaptation could be something more like the comic.
Here's the trailer for the original 1994 version of Timecop from director Peter Hyams:
For my money, time travel films are always interesting when you start digging into the approach to the sci-fi element. Figuring out how paradoxes work, how past and future selves can interact with each other, whether or not you can really change the course of the past or future. There's just endless possibilities to make time travel work in a story. Timecop is interesting because not only was it a success for Van Damme, but it was turned into a very shortlived TV series in 1997 and has also been given a straight-to-DVD sequel. Supposedly this new film is a complete overhaul and reimagining of the story and Van Damme is not involved (though I don't think anyone would expect him to be). Of course, this project has been in the works since September of 2010, so we'll see if it actually gets off the ground this time. Anyone interested?