Need proof that Hollywood will reboot just about anything? A new version of Timecop is reportedly in the works at Universal.
Directed by Peter Hyams, the original flick found 90s action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme portraying a police officer who regulates time travel. His life is soon complicated when he discovers that a crooked politician is traveling through time in a bid for a stronger career.
Since few people want to watch a movie where Van Damme does the splits in order to avoid electrocution, Universal is keen on rebooting the franchise. According to Cinema Blend, the Expendables 2 villain won’t be involved with the Timecop remake.
Although the project is getting kicked around by studio executives, no writers have been hired to pen the script just yet. However, Marc Shmuger and Tom McNulty are on-board to produce the proposed reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the new version of Timecop won’t follow the same storyline found in the original. Instead, the website describes the movie as a “re-imagining of the concept.”
Following the critical and financial success of the original movie — it would go to make $100 million worldwide — the studio attempted to spin off the movie into a television series. Unfortunately for fans, the show would only hang around for a disappointing nine episodes.
The sequel Timecop: The Berlin Decision hit the direct-to-video market back in 2003. Although the story was set in the same universe as the original movie, it took place 20 years later with all new characters. Jason Scott Lee and Thomas Ian Griffith starred in the follow-up.
It’s currently unknown when Universal hopes to have the reboot up and running. A release date has yet to be announced by the studio. In other words, it could be a while before this thing finds its way onto the big screen.
Are you a fan of the Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick Timecop? What do you think about the reboot coming together at Universal?